Wed­nes­day morn­ing was cold­est in Oct since 2010 Eye on BMC polls: State races to cre­ate 1,500 WiFi hotspots by Jan

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Cool winds from the north­ern parts of the coun­try helped the city record its cold­est Oc­to­ber morn­ing in the past seven years on Wed­nes­day.

While the San­tacruz weather sta­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mum­bai, recorded 18.8 de­grees Cel­sius as the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture, which was 4.3 de­gree Cel­sius be­low nor­mal, Co­laba recorded 22.4 de­grees Cel­sius, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of south Mum­bai, which was 2 de­grees Cel­sius be­low nor­mal. Th­ese were overnight read­ings taken at 5.30am on Wed­nes­day.

The low­est night tem­per­a­ture for Mum­bai in the past decade was recorded on Oc­to­ber 19, 2007 (18.7 de­grees Cel­sius) and the all­time-low night tem­per­a­ture was recorded on Oc­to­ber 30, 1952 (16.7 de­grees Cel­sius).

With the Mum­bai civic polls sched­uled early next year, all ma­jor pub­lic places in the city are likely to turned into WiFi zones by mid-Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to an am­bi­tious plan drawn up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment.

The state gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get of com­plet­ing the first phase of the project — WiFi hotspots at 500 lo­ca­tions — by Novem­ber 15 it­self. Over­all, the city will have 1,500 WiFi hotspots. Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis re­cently sanc­tioned Rs194 crore for the project’s first phase.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, res­i­dents will be able to use WiFi free of cost for a max­i­mum down­load limit of 100 megabytes (MB) a day a user, or for 30 min­utes a day, which­ever is ear­lier. All e-gov­er­nance mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions of the BMC, state gov­ern­ment and Union gov­ern­ment will be avail­able all day for free, un­lim­ited use at th­ese hotspots.

The of­fi­cer prob­ing the man­grove de­struc­tion by ac­tor Kapil Sharma to make way for il­le­gal ex­ten­sions was trans­ferred on Tues­day. The for­mer as­sis­tant con­ser­va­tor of for­est, state man­grove cell, Makarand Ghodke, had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing 60 sim­i­lar vi­o­la­tions along the one-kilo­me­tre stretch near Kapil Sharma’s bun­ga­low at And­heri (West). An of­fi­cial from the state gov­ern­ment told HT that sev­eral posts in the man­grove cell across the state were re­jigged with some des­ig­na­tions elim­i­nated.

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