The issue of pollution is one that has plagued Lucknow for a long time now. The major contributor to this is, you guessed it, plastic, more precisely, non recyclable plastic. The state government seems to have recognized this problem and aims to tackle it by banning plastic in not just Lucknow but U.P as a whole by August 31. The move could prove especially beneficial and pave a path for a more eco-friendly Lucknow.

There are a couple of reasons why this move is being implemented with full force. For one, Lucknow disposes off a huge amount of plastic waste, most of which comes in the form of non biodegradable plastic bags that vendors give to customers. Another reason is that last year, the authorities had implemented a similar rule, but that was not put into full swing. This time the state government is taking a more serious approach.

Apart from these two major concerns, the third and probably the most crucial one happens to be that of the rampant usage of plastics in almost every industry. Now with the government's new rule, they'll have to switch to more nature friendly plastics so as to remain eco-friendly.

According to the new rule that bans plastic, any vendor found giving items in non recyclable plastic bags is liable to have their license revoked or to pay a hefty fine. The authorities have stated that this should dissuade them from using harmful plastics.

Additionally, the state government is also monitoring all major vendors across U.P to keep a check on them and to ensure that they do not use the harmful plastic. With this in mind, they aim to strike fear in the hearts of the wrongdoers.

At any rate, we're glad that the state government is implementing this move with full force. This is a great initiative that will push the concept of a cleaner, much better Lucknow.

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We honestly cannot wait to be here with our buddies, just like the good ol' times!

Munick Bistro & Bar has always been on our list of favourite chill spots in Lucknow and it's always a moment of sheer joy whenever we step in here! Exclusively for the IPL Season, Munick has announced offers which will have you calling your friends right after you finish reading this. So if you're looking for a place to let loose with your folks while eating good food and watching the IPL, this is where you've gotta be.

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Lucknow becomes the launchpad for Uttar Pradesh's integrated COVID-19 portal & mobile app

The new Covid-19 application will help in better tracking of the pandemic in the state

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurated the state's integrated COVID-19 forum in Lucknow, on Sunday. The application, labreports.upcovid19tracks, has been programmed and designed to digitally set up a means to trace and control the trend of exponential community spread of the novel coronavirus, helping the state to curb the transmission & growth rate of the infection.

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350km from Lucknow, 'Bhagwati Van' to be the spiritual tourism hub in UP

A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted at Bhagwati Van!

The Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop an eco-tourism spot that could provide a perfect place for people looking for a spiritual sojourn. The government has decided to develop the Bhagwati Van along the Ganga, in Kasganj district, as a centre for spiritual tourism.

The Bhagwati Van is a man-made forest which is unique in more ways than one. The forest has been raised over 316 hectares of land, which has been reclaimed by the state government from encroachers. A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted here.

Divisional forest officer (DFO), Kasganj, Diwaker Kumar Vashisht said, "We had been meeting villagers and convincing them since October last year to remove the encroachments. After the villagers agreed to vacate the land, we formed a local 'samiti' of villagers. It was all done without any public agitation."

The forest, which has its base in Puranic scriptures, is at Datlana Khaam village and has been declared as a Ganga 'gram'."It has Soronji 'teerth' and devotees from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states come to this shrine," said Vashisht.

The entire reclaimed land is divided into three parts. The forest raised at the spot has trees planted in specific formations to create 'vatikas' (gardens) mentioned in religious scriptures.

"We planted over two lakh trees in Mahavan forest, which is one of the three parts and has species like Sheesham and Khair that are naturally found along the Ganga. The other part is 'Shreevan', which has connection with 'Arth Ganga' under the central government's Namami Gange project. This has species which will be economically beneficial to farmers. We had promised farmers that we would help them increase their income through this plantation," he said.

The third is 'Tapovan' which has 51,000 trees and Vyas and Vidur 'kutirs'. At present, the forest is being managed by the forest department but later local groups of villagers may look after it.

The 'Dhanvantari Vatika' has 75 types of medicinal plants and herbs. The 'Nakshatra Vatika' has 27 tree varieties, planted in specific positions to represent 27 'nakshatras' (planets).

The 'Navgrah Vatika', planted to manage planetary influences, is also a part of it. 'Harishankari', has trees like 'peepal, pakad and bargad' planted together. The three tree varieties represent the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 'Panchvati', the garden of five tree varieties mentioned in the Ramayana, also finds place here.

- With inputs from IANS

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Lucknow accounts for every 5th Coronavirus case reported in Uttar Pradesh

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