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​GTDC to run tourist-friendly 'Ho-Ho' buses & amphibious vehicles this holiday season in Goa

Goa would be the first state in India to launch a bus service that works both on land and water

Ahead of the peak tourism season, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to run multimodal experiential tours here to notch up the travellers' experience. As per reports, tourist-friendly services such as the hop on hop off buses and the first operations of amphibious (sea and land) vehicles will be launched in Goa under this scope of this programme. Notably, the tender of running both these tour facilities has been granted to the M/s Prive Property Management Pvt Ltd., after a successful bidding round.


'Ho-Ho' buses return, just in time for a Merry Christmas in Goa

The Goa Tourism Department is looking for a promising holiday season here in wake of the overall controlled COVID-19 situation in the state and across. As such, it has favoured reviving the ho-ho buses, a popular means of travel among domestic tourists here before the onset of the pandemic. As per officials, the flexible bus services were also hitting the right chord with a lot of foreign travellers too.

Officials have informed that the buses offer a hybrid AC and open-air section to the travellers along with a flexible itinerary, helping tourists to explore Goa as per the plans. These double-decker buses ply across all prominent tourist destinations in a region, where passengers have the ease of boarding any bus, from anywhere on the day's ticket.

Amphibious services to finally start in Goa

Besides this, the state will also be starting the maiden operations of amphibious vehicles during the current season. These tour services will operate on both sea and land, providing last-mile connectivity to travellers across. As per reports, GTD first moved the proposal to introduce amphibious services in the state in 2016, however, the project was delayed due to permission issues. Officials pointed out that if the grant was accorded in time, Goa would have been the first state in India to run these integrated services.

Once in full motion, travellers coming to Goa will no longer have to rely on expensive taxis or rented vehicles to traverse Goa as per their taste. It will not only open a way of affordable travel mode but also a new experience with class-apart services.

Omicron enters Maharashtra as Dombivli resident tests positive

This is the fourth confirmed case of Omicron in India

On Saturday, a 33- year old resident of Kalyan-Dombivli tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The man had travelled in from South Africa via Delhi. He is currently kept under isolation at a Covid Centre in Kalyan-Dombivli. He had earlier complained of mild fever but is now asymptomatic. This makes Maharashtra the third state in the country, after Karnataka and Gujarat, to have reported a case of the new variant of concern.

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Walled City's Heritage Walkway to get a facelift by Jaipur Municipal Corporation soon!

Jaipur Municipal Corporation has taken up the repair and beautification work of more than 120 dirty lanes of the Heritage Walkway

In an attempt to improve the appearance of the Walled City, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has decided to undertake a beautification project of a selected number of lanes in the area. As per the reports, the civic body is working to repair and beautify more than 120 lanes of the famous Heritage Walkway. While the repair work was already set in motion earlier, the outbreak of COVID had put a barrier in its progress. With the work being resumed by the JMC now, this project is likely to conclude by February 2022.

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Swachh Survekshan 2022: LMC to work on fast track mode to make Lucknow a 'Garbage Free City'

Lucknow aims to bag the Garbage Free City 7 Star Certification in the upcoming cleanliness survey

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation has decided to undertake strict steps to progress its ranking in the Swachh Survekshan of 2022. As per reports, the civic body is aiming to bag the 'Garbage Free City 7 Star Certification' in the upcoming national cleanliness survey, to be held next year. The LMC has launched a slew of preparations, under the guidance of Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia, to achieve this goal and uphold prime standards of garbage disposal and civic cleanliness.

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Goa's historic Caba de Rama Fort to be restored!

The fort is a popular tourist spot owing to its breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has proposed to work on the beautification and restoration of Cabo De Rama fort, located in South Goa's Khola Village. One of the biggest and oldest forts in the state, Cabo De Rama offers brilliant views of the Arabian sea. However, due to lack of maintenance and basic amenities, parts of the fort are now subject to degradation and littering. The renovation will greatly increase the touristic value of the monument.

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IKEA targets the Indian market, plans to open stores in Gurugram, Delhi & Noida soon!

According to Peter Betzel, the CEO of IKEA India, land in Gurugram and Noida has been procured already whereas the search for a suitable location in Delhi is still underway

After marking its presence in Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai, Swedish furnishing giant IKEA is planning to enter the NCR market now. Notably, Ingka Centre for IKEA Retail had announced the launch of its maiden shopping complex in India at Gurugram earlier in November. Moving forward with its mission to target the Indian market, the Sweden-based furnishing brand is planning on expanding its niche in the country by setting up stores in Delhi and Noida now.

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​Students of DAVV in Indore to turn ideas into business models with the help of ISCDL

Indore Smart City Development Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, valid for 2 years

Aiming to support and nurture the startup ecosystem in the city, the Indore Smart City Seed Incubation Centre will now help the students of Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya (DAVV) turn their ideas into successful business projects.The Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DAVV for the same. Notably, ISCDL will provide handholding mentorship to the budding entrepreneurs of the university by helping them right from the primitive stage.

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Purvanchal Expressway to get world's largest painting on Dec 20 to mark Kakori Martyrs' Day

Images of freedom fighters- Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh will be painted on the expressway

In a bid to commemorate the occasion of Kakori Martyrs' Day, the administration of Lucknow is all set to make the largest painting in the world on the newly inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway on December 20. The state government will pay homage to the freedom fighters by painting the images of Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh on the expressway. Notably, the Kakori Martyrs' Day is celebrated every year on December 19 to mark the sacrifice of the rebels who fought to death in the quest for our independence.

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