Cabinet Minister Vijay Wadettiwar says he sees no problem in a resumption of Mumbai local trains
Amid growing demand from travelers across the city and suburban areas to get started Mumbai local train services for all, Maharashtra Cabinet minister hinted that train services could resume at the beginning of the new year.
Vijay Wadettiwar, the cabinet minister on Relief and Rehabilitation spoke of a resumption of trains speaking to media during the meeting.
Although almost all activities were open in phases after the plugging, Mumbai local train services are not resumed so far.
The absence of services for simple people has not only caused a lot of hassle, but has also put a financial burden on people as they have to travel by private cabs or highways which causes huge expense.
“The situation in Maharashtra and Mumbai is slowly returning. It may take some time, and there will be no problem in resumption of local trains from Mumbai from January 1, 2021,” the minister said.
The minister also said the city is currently blocked due to lack of local train services.
First, the government allowed local services only for those that are categorized into essential services. Subsequently, the leave was extended to all women at selected times during the day, and subsequently to lawyers working in MMR regional courts.
Recently, the traveling association has also demanded that trains be started for everyone, as it also affects the treatment of the sick and their family members, as several people travel to the city from afar.
To prevent the spread of COVID, railway authorities also urged passengers who were allowed to travel on suburban trains to follow medical and social protocols as ordered by COVID-19. Antigen testing facilities have also been started at many stations.
In Pictures: Frequent people who went viral in 2020 with some help from the internet
2020: When commoners became celebrities
2020 was a difficult year for the entire human race, with a coronavirus disrupting the daily life of the simple human being. While the fear of the virus drove our celebrities into their homes, several villains who only intended to keep their lives together in the pandemic became viral online. While some of these stories gripped our heart strings, others tickled our funny bones, and some even made us admire the fact that there is so much more for every person out there. They have become sudden sensations, thanks to their talent, some luck and the unimaginable power of the internet.
As we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021, here’s a look at all the people who have gone viral this year:
Kanta Prasad el Baba Ka Dhaba
Kanta Prasad, the owner of a street stall called Baba Ka Dhaba, went viral on the internet after a video of his story was shared by a food blogger. In the video, Prasad, along with his wife, was seen breaking up when the blockade ceased even what little the couple earned by serving home-cooked meals at the booth. The video was widely disseminated on social media and Delhi residents lined up outside the booth to help the couple, as well as to enjoy a freshly cooked homemade meal of steamed rice and matar. Celebrities including Swara Bhasker, Sonam Kapoor, Randeep Hooda and others also encouraged people to visit his booth, while Aparshakti Khurrana himself visited them while he was in the national capital.
Joshi Kaka of Dombivali
Shortly after Delhi’s Baba Ka Dhaba incident went viral, people in Mumbai pointed out that 87-year-old Uncle Joshi in Dombivali also has a similar history. A Twitter user shared the image of the uncle and said he was selling handmade bags to support himself. The bags cost around Rs 40 to Rs 80, and are sewn by him with discarded garments purchased from sofa and curtain manufacturers. Rakul Preet Singh, Kanika Dhillon, Kabir Duhan Singh, among others asked people to buy at least one bag from the lord to help him make his living.
Bhendi Bazaar greengrocer
A touching photo of Ashok Singh, a resident of Kurla and father of two children, taken by the mirror photographer Sachin Haralkar broke people’s hearts. In it, Singh was seen breaking on a divider at Kings Circle, exhausted with the endless problems when the rain destroyed his already difficult life. Singh opened his vegetable shop for the first time in four months after being driven to penury during the blockade, but rain and cyclonic winds caused a storm, forcing him to close it again and walk back home from Bhendi Bazaar to Kurla.
2020 has proven that nothing can stop people from getting what they want if they make enough decisions. A 17-year-old girl named Asma Sheikh, who studied for her SSC exams in difficult circumstances, earned 40 per cent and was admitted to the prestigious KC college of Mumbai after her story became the talk of the town. Asma lived on the sidewalk outside Azad Maidan with her family and helped her father sell lemon juice. However, she never let her homelessness prevent a decision, and studied under the streetlights to complete her class 10 education. Several political leaders came and extended their help to Asma after her story became viral, and she is now happily continuing her studies staying at the Savitribai Phule girl’s inn.
The woman who stood near a sewer for 7 hours
During heavy rains attacking Mumbai, Kanta Maruti Kalan was forced to open a sewer opening on Tulsi Pipe Road in Matunga as the water level rose around her, flooding the area. But instead of leaving the place, she chose to stay back and stand there for seven hours, warning motorists of the open drain so they could avoid it. But the act of devotion cost a lot. Kanta was a florist who stayed on the sidewalk outside Matunga station for decades in a makeshift tent along with her daughters. When she returned to the sidewalk, everything she owned was washed away, including the Rs 10,000 she scraped together to help her daughters attend online classes. Her soul presence was praised by politicians, locals and police officers, and people even greeted the 50-year-old as a sign of gratitude.
An 85-year-old Pune woman became famous for her impeccable martial arts skills in July and even earned the nickname ‘Warrior Aaji’ from her Twitter users. A video went viral in which she was seen savagging two sticks and performing stunts as a professional in the middle of a road, only to earn for her family members. Locals, who often saw the woman perform in the same place, commented that her son was out of work due to the locking and that the elderly were the sole caretaker of his family now. Her lathi-kathi routine has gained the internet and the attention it has brought has also come with helping hands step in to help the aaji and her family.
The enthu cutlet at Janta Ban
While India observed a single “Janta Ban Ban” on March 22 to show solidarity with the health workers, a 36-year-old woman beating a plate with a spoon singing “Go Crown Go” was voted as the ‘Most Enthusiastic Man of 2020’ via the internet. Her video was filmed by her mother-in-law and was shared in one of her family groups, but it soon went viral and was shared by hundreds of people through social networking platforms.
Indians know their ‘jugaad’
Due to the pandemic, teachers have taken online classes as schools and colleges remain closed across the country. A movie posted on social media by chemistry teacher Pune won the hearts of netizens with his DIY tripod. Moumita B shared a video of herself taking an online class from her home and wrote, “Because I didn’t have a tripod, so I did an Indian Jugaad to take online classes from my home.” What caught people’s attention was that she used a hanger and tied her phone to it. She used a long piece of cloth to secure the hanger upside down with a chair to create a makeshift tripod.
Justice for Kaku
A video of home help arguing with two guys in Marathi became viral during the blockade. The domestic help complained that her employers did not pay her 1800 rupees, but the employers claimed that they had paid her in full. The woman then said that she received 1500 Rs plus 300 Rs, but she could not understand that the total is indeed 1800. Her employers explained that they gave her three tickets of 500 Rs, one of 200 Rs and one ticket of 100 Rs and the total is Rs 1800. Unable to understand the bill, she continued to argue further and claimed that she was not paid Rs 1800. Shortly afterwards, #JusticeforKaku tended that netizens took the video on a lighter note. A section of the internet has even highlighted the fact that it is important that the poor in the country at least have the basic education to perform their daily tasks, without hesitation.
The most angry child on the street
A video of a child extremely upset and excited about a haircut has recently gone viral, and people couldn’t help but laugh out loud about the child’s dilemma. Richa Chadha, Divya Dutta and several other celebrities threw themselves over the boy’s sweetness and the way he continued to scold the barber. Not to lie, but we were all related when the tearful child asked his barber – “Arey baapre kya kar rahi ho tum?”
Lastly, Binod. No one knows who or what Binod was, but it took the internet and “Binod” was the answer to every question. It has, however, proved only one thing: everything viral on the net makes no sense.