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First 'Make in India' train set for Kanpur & Agra metro flagged off from Gujarat today!

This train set was built under the initiatives like 'Make in India' and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'.

Aligning with the UPMRC's plan to begin Kanpur Metro trials in November this year, Alstom delivered the first prototype train for the ambitious project today. This train set was built at Alstom's rolling stock manufacturing facility in Gujarat's Savli, under the ambit of initiatives like 'Make in India' and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. As per reports, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Managing Director of UPMRC and the Managing Director of Alstom were a part of the unveiling event.


Metro to benefit over 31 lakh citizens in Kanpur

Notably, the company had registered a track record of delivering the rolling stock & signaling solutions for Lucknow Metro, in record time. On 29 January this year, Alstom completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation (BT), which is responsible for the delivery of Kanpur & Agra metro as well. As per reports, Alstom's work on the Agra-Kanpur metro project includes the design, build and delivery of 201 metro cars and an advanced signalling solution, valued at about ₹2051 crores.

Once commissioned, the new metro trains will benefit about 50 lakh citizens of both Kanpur and Agra, reportedly. Besides, the overall project will also contribute majorly towards speeding up the economic development in these cities.

India's latest metro fleet to be equipped with state of the art facilities

As per reports, the body of India's latest metro fleet will be built using stainless steel. The air-conditioned coaches will be equipped with automatic sliding doors as well. Additionally, apart from comfortable seating areas and standing spaces, dedicated areas for entry of wheelchair-bound specially-abled commuters will also be included in these cars.

Parallelly, these cars will provide for an accessible and enhanced passenger experience with modern passenger information systems. As per the claims of Alain, MD of Alstom, their MOVIA metros are famed for functional reliability, aerodynamic modular design and strengthened safety features.

Urban mobility to be transformed in Agra & Kanpur

In a bid to comply with the highest environmental standards, the trains will be equipped with FLEXX metro bogies and MITRAC propulsion system, reportedly. Consequently, this will result in increased energy efficiency thereby reducing the operating costs. As per reports, each train will accommodate around 960 passengers in the three-car layout. With the timely delivery of this prototype car, this project is expected to complete soon, thereby remodeling the face of urban mobility in Agra and Kanpur.

While addressing the launch event virtually, the CM informed that there are plans to set up similar metro facilities in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Jhansi and Meerut in near future.

Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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Pedal for Patrol: Police to launch new beat cycle patrolling in Indore

Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas.

In a bid to augment civic safety in Indore, a police team and city security committee members will soon launch cycle patrolling. The new surveillance force will work on a beat-wise format to monitor even the narrow and isolated areas of the district. Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas, read reports.

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Campaign launched in Goa to conduct free breast cancer screening for 1 lakh women

The breast cancer screening will be organised at 35 Health Centres across the state

The YouWeCan Foundation by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has launched a free breast cancer screening campaign for one lakh women in Goa, in partnership with the state government and SBI Foundation. Known as 'Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa', this campaign was launched at the Goa Medical College and Hospital today. Through this drive, the administration aims to screen at least 50% of the age-eligible female population of the state.

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Internet services suspended in parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur!

The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

On account of the RPSC RAS Preliminary exams scheduled today, the Rajasthan Government has suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and social media services in certain parts of the state. These services will remain suspended from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Jaipur Commissonerate Area. Apart from Jaipur, the restrictions will also be active in the Ajmer, Bhilwara and Nagaur districts from 6 AM to 1:30 PM, and in Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts from 8 AM to 1 PM.


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All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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