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Closure of Lucknow's Kukrail Picnic Spot paves way for an upcoming Biodiversity Park!

A budget of ₹200 crores has been sought from the government for this development.

Major changes are in store for Lucknow's Kukrail Protected Area which was established in 1978 as a crocodile breeding centre. Plans are in progress to convert these 10 acres of land into a research centre and lion safari. This decision has come in the wake of Kukrail Prajna Kendra being identified as the first successful breeding centre in the country, where eggs of alligators and tortoises have been reared into babies and released into rivers after 3 years. However, with this initiative gathering momentum, the Kukrail Picnic Spot near Lucknow's Khurram Nagar Chauraha, has been closed forever for visitors.

To be developed like the Etawah Safari Park

In the midst of the pandemic, it has been decided that the picnic spot at Kukrail shall not entertain visitors from now on. Preparations are in full swing to develop the Kukrail forest area into a place where wildlife research shall take place. A biodiversity park will be built here in which, endangered fauna and rare species of birds will be protected. Further, pickup points will be established at 11 places around the park as authorities expect to open it for bus tours for the public in the coming days.

In this regard, the Divisional Forest Officer has stated that the Kukrail picnic spot will be developed on the lines of Etawah Safari Park. The revamped structure is expected to host wildlife animals, including 22 tigers, 30 deer, 25 leopards and 15 bears. A DPR for the same has been prepared and a budget of ₹200 crores has been sought from the government.

Kukrail Picnic Spot last opened on Holi 2021

The last time that an audience was allowed at the Kukrail Picnic Spot was on the occasion of Holi, i.e., 31 March 2021, when 487 spectators visited it. This spot was inspired by the release of the 1989 cinematic production- Picnic and enclosed within its quarters were childrens' play items, hammocks and statues of animals. Moreover, it attracted a large crowd from the city as this area is considered to be among the quietest surroundings in Lucknow.

-With pictures & inputs from Pawan Kaushal

List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

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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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

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Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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