Amid Coronavirus, Jaipur will be host to more than 3000 weddings in November!

Number of guests at public functions, limited to 100.

Despite the exponential rise in COVID-cases, in the form of a 'second wave' in Rajasthan, Jaipur is gearing up to host as many as 3000 weddings in the month of November. The Rajasthan government had restricted the number of guests at a wedding at 100 ahead of the wedding season, however, the skyrocketing count poses a great threat to the overall health index of Jaipur as well as the state of Rajasthan. At present, Jaipur is nursing a total of 43,956 cases, with the addition of 656 new cases on Tuesday; active tally stands at 8,547 cases in the Pink City.

What is Jaipur's fate: Wedding Destination or Virus Hotspot?

Jaipur's Additional District Collector reportedly stated that the administration has received about permissions for more than 3,000 weddings in the concluding days of November. A major chunk of these weddings will happen on November 25, on the auspicious occasion of 'Dev Uthani Ekadashi', and up to 100 people are allowed to attend a marriage function. Officials fear that these events will weaken the city's defence against the coronavirus growth. Jaipur's wedding organisers expect the number of weddings to surge past the 4000 mark in the city alone, in the coming days.

Preventive protocols in place

The officials added that the state government has also increased the penalty amount from ₹10,000 to ₹25,000, if more than 100 people gather in marriages and other events. The state has also imposed a night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in 8 districts including Jaipur. However, those attending marriage functions are exempted from it. Law enforcing bodies will also be deployed to check any violation and take action as per state-established guidelines.

Rajasthan government has established guidelines, restrictions and protocols to control the rapid rise of COVID-19, throughout the state given the unprecedented spike in the cases in the last few days. The district administration and police officials are constantly engaged in spreading awareness among the citizens about the need to follow norms of social distancing and wearing face masks to break the chain of COVID infection.

Troubles for the Wedding Industry

Coronavirus has hampered the growth of several industries all round the globe and now its shadows are casting an eclipse over the wedding industry as well. The limitations at weddings will directly/indirectly affect the bread and butter of over 10 lakh people in the state like tent dealers, florists, caterers, event planners, among others.

Railway's renovation project to bring a World-class, Airport-like station in Kanpur

Proposed project keeps the benefit of passengers as the focal point behind all interventions.

After the Indian Railways successfully completed the redevelopment of the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Kanpur is one of the two stations chosen for the next initiative. As per reports, the Central Railway station is all set for a revamp by the Railway Authority in line with the airport standards. On Friday, a group of officials from different agencies conducted a meeting and deliberated on various issues regarding the renovation project.

IRSDC, RLDA and other central agencies roped in for the project

The plan for the redevelopment of the railway stations has been prepared by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and other central agencies. With an aim to speed-up the process, IRSDC and RLDA have already started their work to check the technological feasibility and financial viability of the redevelopment project.

As per the current proposal, the exercise will be divided into different stages based on the feasibility reports. While discussing the various areas of renovation, a senior official pointed out that the benefit of the passengers must be the focal point behind all interventions. He added that it is important to consider unusual circumstances like heavy rains or dense fog while working out on the implementations.

Enhancing & upgrading passenger amenities a top priority

The official further stated that the development works of the station must be envisioned upon the needs and requirements of the next 40 to 50 years. A representative from IRSDC delivered a PowerPoint presentation covering the various facets of the redevelopment project. He emphasised the fact that enhancing and upgrading passenger amenities must be the first priority of the innovative scheme.

India has got its first world-class, airport-like railway in Bhopal which would be inaugurated soon. With the current initiatives in line, the country's rail-travel system is bound to be changed soon.

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The latest intervention is a part of the government's Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy 2020.

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A cold Sunday greets Lucknow; winter chills bring haze and fog in the city

The temperature fall will be more evident in the following week.

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