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

The use of all 10-year-old diesel and 15-years-old petrol vehicles has been strictly prohibited.

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.


Need for anti-pollution measures in the state

According to the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow ranks as the ninth most polluted city in the world and the onset of winters only spells more trouble for the city. The mercury dip along with high moisture content, the rise of smog and emission of greenhouse gases are factors that affect the AQI and make it worse. This is why interventions like these, are a must at this point in time.

Reportedly, Chief Secretary RK Tiwari has initiated a crackdown on all sources that can aggravate air pollution. Directives have been issued to strictly prohibit the use of all petrol vehicles that are aged 15 years or older. A similar notice is in order for 10-years and older diesel vehicles. Officials will be held for negligence if there are cases of stubble burning. If need be, the number of cow shelter sites should also be increased to ensure that stray animals do not litter on the road, added authorities.

Traffic management to reduce footprints

The CS also held a video conference with all divisional commissioners and district magistrates of the state to derive ways of curbing air pollution here. As of now, the districts of Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Prayagraj, Varanasi along with state capital Lucknow and those in the NCR region are under the purview of the pollution check. Additionally, the state has issued orders to spray water on roads and trees at least twice a week to settle the dust and reduce SPM (suspended particulate matter) in the air for overall AQI management.

'Kapda Bank' to be set up in Lucknow to help the poor stay warm this winter season!

Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to the underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office

District Administration along with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has come up with a unique initiative to help keep the poor and destitute people warm this winter. As per the announcement by the District Magistrate of Lucknow, 8 zones in the city have been listed for setting up the 'Kapda Bank'. Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office.

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Omicron alert in Rajasthan as 4 travellers from South Africa test COVID positive

The patients are presently isolating in Jaipur

After the reports of 2 confirmed Omicron cases in Karanataka, health officials suspect a variant infiltration in Rajasthan too as a family of 4 South African travellers tested COVID positive here. As per reports, the samples of these patients have been forwarded for further tests to confirm if these are cases of mutation. In the interim, the family is isolated in Jaipur.

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Citizens in Lucknow & other UP cities to be fined for not wearing a face mask

Omicron screening has been amped at all entry points in UP, including bus, railways & air terminals

The Uttar Pradesh administration has reinstated the mask imperative in public spaces amid the increasing fear of the emergent Omicron variant of coronavirus. Failure to adhere to this norm will result in a challan, read reports. The order was notably moved during a high-level meeting convened by the Chief Minister on Wednesday, where officials were tasked to strictly enforce the mandatory mask rule along with other preventive COVID-19 protocols.

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With 5 more cases, Mumbai shoulders 10 of the 28 Omicron suspects in Maharashtra

On Thursday, 861 travellers were subjected to RT-PCR test in Maharashtra to trace Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The tally of Omicron virus suspects in Maharashtra rose up to 28 cases on Thursday, with 10 cases coming from Mumbai. As per reports, a total of 861 passengers were screened for the coronavirus 'Variant of Concern', where a total of 25 foreign travellers tested positive. 3 traced contacts have also been put under the radar.

All suspected samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine the presence of the new strain, read reports. The results will be revealed by next week.

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IKEA India's first city store is opening on December 9 in Mumbai

Coming up at Worli, the IKEA retail city store is a smaller-than-usual retail setup, spanning across 80,000 sq ft

Swedish furniture giant IKEA, a retail enterprise of the Ingka Group announced the opening of its first city store in India in Mumbai on December 9. Coming up at Worli, this pack and parcel home furnishing centre will span across 80,000 sq ft and will be much more compact than its traditional big blue box stores. The small-format store has been conceptualised to suit compact urban spaces and offer the IKEA experience and services to a wide customer base in the city, the company said in a press release.

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ISCDL to install solar panels in 100 public toilets across Indore

As per the plans, public lavatories equipped with modern amenities will be taken up in the first phase of this initiative

In an attempt to minimise power consumption, Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) is all set to install solar power plants across the city. In the purview of the green energy project, these solar panels with a capacity of 2 kilowatts will be set up at 100 public and community toilets. As per the officials, this project will be enlisted by ISDCL for carbon credit which can be used to generate revenue by selling it in the global market.

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Tickle your taste buds with fresh & flavourful rolls from Roll Out in Lucknow

With a plethora of options to choose from, Roll Out is all set to become Lucknow's favourite roll place soon

Offering the most scrumptious food rolled to fit your fist, Roll Out is here in Lucknow with the best of on-the-go grubs. Being the perfect any-time snack, rolls have a huge fan following everywhere. And with a plethora of options to choose from, including vegetarian and meaty delicacies, Roll Out is sure to become Lucknow's new 'Roll' model soon.

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