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After deploying anti-smog guns, the authorities in Lucknow will now be making use of the old and new fountains at intersections, to combat air pollution in the city. The constantly deteriorating AQI of Lucknow is a matter of great concern and now to effectively reduce dust and air pollution all fountains in the city will be made functional. Once operational, these fountains are expected to reduce the dust particles in the air.

Along with this, traffic will also be managed so as to reduce roadblocks during rush-hours indorder to control vehicular emmisions and thus, air contamination. Notably, orders to keep a check on the sale of building materials in open, especially in sensitive areas such as Aishabhagh and Talkotra, have also been given by the DM.

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Despite the isolated drizzle on Friday morning, Lucknow's reported an average AQI of 256, across the 6 monitoring stations here, pushing the city's air health in the 'poor' category. While Lucknow has been witnessing a rise in air pollution in the last 17 days, the air current air degradation can also be pinned on the dipping mercury. Health officials, in this regard, have advised people to keep a check on the continuously changing AQI, as the falling temperature is likely to downgrade it further to 'severe' or 'very poor' categories.

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The Museum of Earth (TIME), the country's first museum dedicated to earth will soon be set up in Uttar Pradesh. The museum will be a whole new world of palaeosciences, geology, tectonics and earth processes, and is expected to attract science buffs by the dozen.

A geo treasure of the country, the museum will become a reality with the joint efforts of Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Culture, said official sources.

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On Sunday, Lucknow's overall Air Quality Index level was found to be 260. The city has been experiencing smog and visibility issues since the day of Diwali. The AQI peaked on Thursday with 302 points.

Yesterday, the Talkatora Industrial Area experienced the worst air quality with 378 points. Anything over 300 points is considered to be 'very poor'. The Gomti Nagar Area was the second-worst hit with 270 points. One of the primary reasons behind this sharp downfall in Air Quality was the bursting of firecrackers as part of Diwali celebrations that continued throughout the night on Thursday.

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Nestled in the Terrai Belt of Northern Uttar Pradesh, the Dhudhwa National Park is set to open its gates for tourists from November 1. About 221 km away from Lucknow, this tranquil biodiversity eco-spot and tiger reserve is immensely popular for its serene charms and now, a yoga centre has also been stationed here to notch up the tranquil quotient here. As per reports, the Uttar Pradesh government has updated the National Park area to hoist its banner of ecotourism and tribal retreat, so hatch those plans now and get in your travel pants, ASAP!

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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Botanical Research Institute, centred in Lucknow has signed an MoU with the Lucknow Development Authority to give the city parks a 'green makeover'. As per this, the NBRI has decided to conduct graded urban floriculture work across the targeted parks. These open spaces will be developed as Lucknow's 'Green Lungs' read reports, which will not just improve the air quality but will also make the city more beautiful.

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Gearing up for the fight against air pollution, the govt of Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up war rooms in Lucknow, Kanpur and other major cities. The new infrastructure will be set up under the authority of the Road Dust Management and will keep a check on various sources of pollution. As per reports, similar war rooms will also be set up in NCR districts to improve the overall air quality in UP.

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You set the standard. What you choose today, becomes the benchmark tomorrow. Such as the stunningly innovative HomeScape by Amplus Solar. A solar solution created for peak performance and long-term savings, moreover designed to suit your aesthetics. After all, nothing but the best will work for your homes in Lucknow.

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Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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In a bid to reduce the carbon footprint in the state and counterbalance the industrial carbon emissions, the government of Uttar Pradesh has directed all the industries present across the state, to adopt the Japanese Miyawaki afforestation technique. As per the order issued on Wednesday, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the order including revoking of industry's license to operate.

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The Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Lucknow has developed a DNA bank of 128 medicinal plants, to serve a three-fold purpose of preservation, research promotion and new hybrid cultivations. With this project, the authorities are trying to support multifaceted research and the development of improved varieties at the institute. In addition to this, the bank will also fucntion as a safe repository for critical and endangered species.

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