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All domestic airlines in India permitted to operate at 100% capacity from October 18!

Read on to know more about the notification issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation

Considering the downward trajectory of the receding COVID cases in the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has permitted domestic airlines to operate at 100% capacity from October 18. Witnessing the sequential monthly rise in domestic air passenger traffic in India since July, the administration has planned on removing all the current capacity restrictions on flights across the country.


Flights operating at 85% capacity at present

Amidst the festive season, the aviation department has taken this step aiming to bring back the normalcy in flight operations. While the cap on domestic flight capacity is set at 85% currently, between June 1 and July 5, the cap stood at a mere 50%. Further, this limit was increased to 65% between July 5 and August 12. At present, the cap is set at 85% of the pre-COVID occupancy.

COVID-mandated guidelines to be followed during the travel

The order from the Civil Aviation Ministry read "After review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations vis-a-vis passenger demand for air travel in terms of purpose specified in the initial order dated May 21, 2020... It has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18.10.2021 without any capacity restrictions".

As per the order, the airlines must ensure strict adherence to the guidelines in order to contain the spread of this deadly virus. Additionally, the airport operators must also ensure enforcement of COVID appropriate behaviour during the travel.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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New war rooms to be set up in Lucknow, Kanpur & other major cities in UP to combat air pollution

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Kanpur Metro covers 3,900 metres in its maiden trial run!

The three-coach train covered a distance of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track.

The Kanpur Metro conducted its first trial run along the depot test track on Monday, ahead of the RDSO trials slated next month. Reportedly, the brand new three-coach train of the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation fleet covered a total of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track. As per the project timeline, the Kanpur metro division is expected to commission public services by the end of this year or early January, next year.

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Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region gets final ESZ notification

The boundaries of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary has been declared an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).

Nestled in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the boundaries of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary has been notified as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ). As per reports, the decision was rolled out by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to stop the ascending rate of construction activities in the 48 square kilometre (sq km) wide biodiversity-rich area. A new ESZ managing committee has further been set up by the ministry to regulate activities eco-tourism, infrastructure expansion and prohibit the establishment of new polluting industries in the protected zone.
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