From melting glaciers to traffic snarls, accident: Top five stories from Mumbai

Here are the top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss.

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A representational pic of Antarctica.

According to a paper published in the Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, the Dakshin Gangotri (DG) glacier snout that forms a part of the East Antarctica ice sheet (EAIS) is fast melting away because of rise in global temperatures. While potholes led to massive traffic jams in Thane, a 32-year-old died in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The state’ school education department revised the schedule for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) on Thursday evening: Classes will now begin on August 9, five days later than previously scheduled. Mumbai’s tree conservationists calculated the worth of the 3,130 trees that will be cut for Metro-3 car shed at Aarey Colony: a staggering Rs742 crore a year.

Here are our top five picks:

1. Dakshin Gangotri in Antarctica is disappearing

The Dakshin Gangotri (DG) glacier snout that forms a part of the East Antarctica ice sheet (EAIS) is fast melting away because of rise in global temperatures, says a paper in the first volume of Antarctic research by India published in the Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy. Scientists from Geological Survey of India (GSI) have been monitoring the changes in DG glacier snout since the beginning of Indian Antarctic Expedition in 1983.

2. What’s the value of 3,130 trees to be cut for Mumbai Metro-3 car shed? ₹742 crore a year, say activists

Taking a cue from the forest minister’s tweet that the ‘socio-economic’ value of a tree is Rs23.72 lakh a year, Mumbai’s tree conservationists calculated the worth of the 3,130 trees that will be cut for Metro-3 car shed at Aarey Colony. The value – a staggering Rs742 crore a year. On Thursday, Sudhir Mungantiwar tweeted, “Humans fail to recognise the value of trees. Trees absorb, block noise and reduce glare from the sun. A well placed tree can reduce noise by 40%. We have asked MMRC to plant 100 times more trees than the trees they have cut.”

3. FYJC admissions in Mumbai: First list to be out on July 7, classes to start from August 9



The state’ school education department revised the schedule for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) on Thursday evening, which was the last day to submit applications. While FYJC classes will now begin on August 9, five days later than previously scheduled, the general and first merit lists will be declared on July 4 and 10.

4. 32-year-old man dies in accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

A 32-year-old man died after his trailer hit another vehicle on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Friday. According to the police, the trailer was loaded with a cargo and was going towards Pune from Mumbai. As it was crossing the Khalapur area, it hit another vehicle which was moving ahead of it.

5. Potholes, vehicle breakdowns lead to traffic snarls on Thane roads

The city witnessed heavy traffic snarls at various areas on Friday owing to potholes, vehicle breakdown and cyber attack on the JNPT system. Areas like Mumbai Nasik Highway, Majiwada junction, Mumbra Shilphata road, Kharegaon toll naka, Kalher, Kasheli and Mankoli junction were hit with massive jams. The congestion, which began around 8.30am, continued till afternoon.
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