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Pass owners will not be allowed to travel for free in electric buses across UP

The Managing Director of City Transport, Pallav Bose informed that free travel for commuters with passes will only be allowed in the CNG-run buses.

The Directorate of Urban Transport in Uttar Pradesh announced that citizens with a travel pass will not be allowed to commute for free in electric buses across the state. Currently, 300 electric buses are operational in 7 districts of the state while a total of 700 such vehicles will be introduced in 14 cities. Individuals with an MST pass and the staff employees will also not be permitted to travel in these buses for free.

Cashless transactions to be made available in electric buses

The Managing Director of City Transport, Pallav Bose informed that free travel for commuters with passes will only be allowed in the CNG-run buses. Further, the authorities are planning to introduce cashless transactions in the electric buses for the benefit of travelers. In order to implement this scheme, the city transport officials will purchase 100 smart electronic ticketing machines, equipped with the facility of QR code scanning.

The MD asserted that cashless transactions will bring forth a hassle-free measure of making payments. Once the plans are materialised, citizens will be able to pay through their ATM cards, wallets or UPI.

Smart system of road regulations to be introduced in multiple cities

Under the ambit of a central government project, the Uttar Pradesh administration has decided to deploy 700 electric buses in 14 districts of the state. In addition to this, the road infrastructure will also be improved under the Smart City Project. Further, charging stations will also be set up for these electric buses.

The air-conditioned buses will be equipped with a string of facilities including panic buttons, live tracking resources, LED screens and CCTV cameras. They will also help in reducing air pollution and sound pollution. Additionally, the authorities are also working on a project to introduce a smart system of road regulation in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Mathura, Prayagraj, Meerut, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Jhansi and some other cities.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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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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