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A young beneficiary is being vaccinated Saturday night at a medical facility in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Booster shots have so far received a lukewarm response in parts of rural Maharashtra, with many frontliners, including health and frontline workers, currently refraining from taking these shots.

On January 10, as part of the national vaccination program, the state had started administering booster shots or precautionary doses as named by the Union government. In the first two days, only 56,464 health workers and 28,119 frontline workers received the booster shots.

On the first day, only 34,810 received the third dose. The next day, the number of visitors improved to 49,773. But 60 percent of the beneficiaries came from just five districts: Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik. Rural districts such as Parbhani reported that 147 people received a booster shot, followed by Jalna (117), Hingoli (115), Washim (104) and Gadchiroli (64).

To make streets pedestrian-friendly, BMC appoints urban planners

The BMC has proposed appointing urban consultants to work on its Mumbai street improvement program. The consultants will be tasked with drawing up a detailed report of streets that could be made more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

The municipality manages about 1,950 km of roads every day. In many places, the footpaths are either compromised or blocked by parked vehicles.

Officials from the Roads and Traffic Department said the BMC has invited a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the nomination of consultants, which will be hired for the next three years.

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