DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition : 2019-06-12

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12 Wednesday, June 2019 `4.00 MUMBAI www.dnaindia.com epaper.dnaindia.com twitter.com/dna facebook.com/dnaindia Pages 18 y 29°C 31°C - AQI 71 BSE SENSEX 39,950.46 165.94 NSE NIFTY 11,965.60 42.90 R.N.I. NO. : MAHENG/2005/15154 EXCLUSIVE LINE STARTS HERE Beed constable, Lalit Salve’s, sex-change surgeries in 2018 lifted the stigma from the procedures „ Rita Devi underwent a masectomy last month as the first step towards becoming a man „ In the past year, the state-run hospital has received 20-25 such cases „ The surgeries cost between Rs 40,000 and 1 lakh in state-run hospitals „ Nullahs 90% clean, trees trimmed, but roads hold trouble A METROPOLIS PREPARED ON PAPER GUJRAT BRACES FOR STORM June 15 CYCLONE VAYU, Monsoon’s ETA a severe cyclonic storm to make landfall Team DNA 153 cr correspond­[email protected] ` Likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north coasts and northern parts of east central Arabian Sea Spent on cleaning nullahs Romantic feelings about Mumbai’s monsoons last only as long as it takes to construct a social media post about petrichor and pakorachai. Anxiety about waterloggi­ng, traffic, failure of public transport and other inconvenie­nces and tragedies— follow soon after. The monsoon is expected to hit the financial capital in all its glory on June 15, but are we ready? No even a little bit, if Monday’s teaser is anything to go by. Brihanmumb­ai Municipal Corporatio­n claims to have spent Rs 153 crore on cleaning nullahs, apart from spending Rs 50 crore on trimming trees. A hefty Rs 15.86 crore has gone into filling potholes. Traffic Police have identified 215 potential bottleneck­s across 34 traffic divisions and have diverted traffic from 145 of the locations. The Railways say they have identified over 25 spots where multi-storeyed slums teeter dangerousl­y close to Mumbai: —ANI Maharashtr­a `50 cr Wind speeds: 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph, as it hits Guj coast near Veraval and Diu Spent on trimming trees When: Early Thursday morning `15.86 cr Forces to the rescue: Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force on alert Gone into filling potholes 100-DAY PLAN PM expected to underline the role of MOS in running the ministries Aircraft, helicopter­s carrying out aerial surveillan­ce 90% 145 spots 25 spots Expected aftermath: Heavy rainfall in coastal districts Drainage system cleaned potential bottleneck­s across 34 traffic divisions Traffic diverted from crucial areas Slums teeter close to tracks Will seek consent of Cabinet Mins in giving their deputies adequate responsibi­lities: a sore point during NDA-I Report on P5 rail tracks. Ironically, the gutters hold hope. Over 90 per cent of the city’s drainage system has been cleaned, including the Mithi river and nullahs at Poisar, Chamdawadi (Bandra), Dahisar, Kurla, Dharavi, Sion and Vikhroli. Vehicular traffic, already squeezed to a slow trickle by Metro works, pose a mammoth hurdle. Locals have been asking for work on Metro-6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli) to go undergroun­d as the elevated corridor is already causing severe congestion. “It takes 15-20 minutes to cover that small stretch of road,” said N Bhalla, a Powai resident. “Mumbai is undergoing a transition,” said Yogesh Ambe, a road safety and infrastruc­ture expert. “However, the climate is also changing globally and no matter how much authoritie­s say they are rain-ready, Mumbai is on a ventilator”. After Monday’s showers crippled all three lines on Western and Central Suburban Railways network, there was no official disseminat­ion of informatio­n about disruption on the Railways’s Twitter ids. “People were panicking due to sparking and loud noises made by the OHE cables as they tripped,” said Subhash Gupta, president of Rail Yatri Parishad. UNPAID POWER BILLS THE CASE Five people, including Prashant Kanojia, were arrested last Saturday on charges of posting objectiona­ble content about UP CM on social media. The Uttar Pradesh government, which was opposed to any relief to Kanojia, said he had been arrested not for his latest tweet on Yogi Adityanath but for his older “casteist” tweets. Full report on www.dnaindia.com THE CONTENDERS Rishabh Pant, wicket-keeper and batsman, could be included for his X-factor to psyche out opponents Ambati Rayudu could strengthen the middle-order battling. He was omitted from the squad on account of form slump

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