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New Delhi, Dec 26 : The Delhi Metro on Wednesday inaugurated kiosks for two major cab aggregators — Ola and Uber — here at the Dwarka Sector-21 and Rajiv Chowk metro stations for commuters to book their cabs and get information regarding already booked ones and their locations.

The move, taken on pilot basis, is aimed at providing commuters “last mile connectivity” beyond the metro nework, the transporter said.

At present, Ola has its kiosks at MG Road and Noida Sector 18 stations, and Uber has its kiosks at Dwarka Sector-21 and Sikandarpur stations. In addition, both operators have their kiosks at the centrally-located Rajiv Chowk, which is a major interchange hub for metro commuters.

“DMRC has always kept the interest of its commuters at the centre of its functioning. Our agenda is to make mobility seamless by providing access to feeder transportation and to help our passengers reach their ultimate destinations,” Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC), said at the inauguration, according to a statement.

Besides cabs, the Corporation already has e-rickshaw and cycle renting service to provide commuters connectivity beyond network. There are “more than 600 e-rickshaws” operating out of 11 metro stations at present, while one can rent a cycle from 19 metro stations.

Some of these stations where can rent a cycle, are: Shastri Park, Hauz Khas, Saket, MG Road, Dwarka Sector 14, Akshardham, Barakhamba Road, Patel Chowk, Mandi House and Rithala.

“DMRC intends to allot bare spaces at almost all Metro stations to the cab aggregators for catering to the last mile needs of the commuters. Already, 400 bare space has been identified at 210 metro stations. The allotment shall be made through an open tender scheme in coming few months.”

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Himachal Pradesh : Three houses gutted in fire in Mandi

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 23 : As many as three houses were gutted in a massive fire at Mandi district in Chhatri market area on Wednesday.

A major fire broke out in Chhatri market area of Mandi district. Fire tenders are present at the spot.

Fire fighting operation is underway. No injuries or casualties have been reported yet.

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Road links in Himachal hampered after snowfall; hundreds stranded

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Shimla, Jan 23: Road links in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday were hampered a day after widespread snow and rain, blocking highways and link roads, while hundreds of commuters were stranded across the state, officials said here.

Snow hit vehicular movement beyond Shimla town, while traffic on the Pathankot-Chamba highway was also badly hit. The entire Kinnaur district is cut off. However, there was no loss of life.

After two consecutive days of snow, most of the roads in the state interiors remained closed to traffic, stranding travellers and commuters.

Road links to Kinnaur district and towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal were cut off, a government official told IANS.

While picturesque tourist town Manali recorded 30 cm of snowfall, it was 39.6 cm in Kalpa and 30 cm in Manali. Dharamsala had 53 mm of rainfall.

“There is no movement of traffic towards Kinnaur district on the national highway five beyond Tapri. Work is on to restore electricity in Kinnaur. The Pangi valley in Chamba district is also cut off from the rest of the state,” an official said.

State capital Shimla saw 44.5 cm of snowfall and a low of zero degree.

The higher reaches of Kullu, Mandi, Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts have been experiencing snow.

Keylong town in Lahaul-Spiti district saw over three feet of snowfall.

Officials said bad weather has affected the road network in the higher reaches of Kinnaur, Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Sirmaur districts and efforts were being made to reopen the roads.

There are chances of moderate snow in the state till Thursday, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

The government has advised people not to venture to the high hills of Kullu, Shimla and Kinnaur districts owing to avalanche threat.

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Cloudy Delhi morning, 25 trains delayed

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New Delhi, Jan 23: It was a cold and cloudy morning in the national capital on Wednesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 8 degrees Celsius, the Met said. At least 25 Delhi-bound trains were delayed due to dense fog in several parts of northern India.

“The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day with chances of light rain or thundershowers,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

A fog cover delayed 25 trains heading here by two to six hours.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 100 per cent. Visibility in Safdarjung area at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 100 metres while in the Palam area the visibility at 7.30 a.m. was recorded at 100 metres.

The city recorded 27.8 mm rain in last 24 hours.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality here continued to be ‘moderate’ as on Tuesday, with the air quality index (AQI) being 99.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 19.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, while the minimum was 12.5 around five notches above normal.

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