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New micro plan to slash up to 30% land pollution in Lucknow

Waste disposal plants & road cleanliness projects, are included in the CPCB's new pollution control scheme for Lucknow.

A new micro plan has been charted for Lucknow, in line with the concerns regarding the city's progressive pollution rise, each year. Reviewed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the new scheme is set to significantly reduce the city's pollution levels by 30%. As per reports, new waste and debris disposal plants and road construction projects will be completed under the banner of the initiative.

New comprehensive strategy to reduce pollution in Lucknow

The Lucknow District Administration, in association with the CPCB, has come up with a targeted micro plan to implement pollution reduction activities here. Officials of the CPCB have reviewed the action taking place and made recommendations on the basis of the present-day needs.

A strategic, comprehensive and multi-departmental plan has thus been inked, to effectively reduce the risk of pollution, dirt and clutter in the city. Reportedly, the plan calls for unified action of all 17 departments of the Lucknow civic system. As such, in a meeting conducted at the municipal headquarters, the officers of the Board have suggested various departments of the administration to undertake different actions.

The primary set of actions included in this scheme, ordain the municipality to not let garbage accumulate at one place in the city. Proper waste disposal plants should be established to categorically curb this issue. Further, the clutter caused due to development, construction and road projects, is also included in this. Special disposal plants for construction debris will also be set up in Lucknow.

To limit construction pollution in Lucknow, the LDA and district housing development agency have been asked to cover the construction site before initiating a project. Agencies also have to ensure that they are not storing any construction material in open spaces. A proper plan needs to be in place before any construction plan is launched in Lucknow now, added reports.

Additionally, several agencies of the state, such as the Public Works Department, Jal Nigam and Municipal Corporation, have been asked to expedite the construction of bad and soiled roads in the city. All the work related to sewer pipelines will also be put on a fast track.

Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

Notably, India was about to resume commercial international passenger air services from December 15

According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, the government of India has put its initial plan of reopening international commercial flights on hold. With the discovery of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID, the administration has stepped into action to prevent and eliminate the risk of transmission of this variant in the country. Notably, India was about to resume international passenger air services from December 15 after a gap of about twenty months, however this decision stands suspended in view of the current Omicron scare.

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​Check out the new airport guidelines for int'l & domestic travellers arriving in Maharashtra

International flyers reaching Maharashtra to undergo mandatory quarantine; RT-PCR must for domestic travel

Amid the emergent concerns of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a mandatory quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the state. The guidelines have been made more stringent for travellers flying from at-risk countries, with the imperative of institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel protocols for domestic travel have also been revised, added reports. Now, all passengers flying within Maharashtra will either have to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival. On the other hand, people flying to Maharashtra from other Indian states also have to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of vaccination status.

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Adding to the existing fleet of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, the third three-coach metro train set arrived in Kanpur yesterday. Reportedly, with the successful completion of the trials undertaken by the Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO), Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month. As per the officials, the fourth train set will arrive in the industrial city tomorrow.

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SAI Lucknow to conduct Women's Hockey selection trials for NCOE on Dec 6 & 7

As per the notification issued by the Sports Authority of India, girls aged between 14 and 18 can apply for the selection trials

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is all set to conduct countrywide selection trials of the Women's hockey team for National Centre Of Excellence (NCOE) this month. As per the report, the trial will be organised at Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, SAI in Lucknow on December 6 and 7, 2021. In line with the existing COVID scenario, a negative RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours is mandatory to enter the premises. Read on to know the other details of the upcoming women hockey selection trial for NCOE.

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Mumbai-Nashik local train to facilitate better connectivity within Maharashtra soon!

If approved in the trial run this month, the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service will be launched by the new year

Good news for the residents of Mumbai as after a long wait the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service has finally been approved by the authorities now. As per the reports, if the Mumbai-Nashik local gets a positive report at the trial run this December, it will be launched by the new year. With the addition of a local train on this route, the Indian Railway aims to boost intrastate connectivity in Maharashtra.

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Goa issues guidelines for foreign travellers amid Omicron concerns

The move comes in light of surge in global Covid cases because of the new variant

On Tuesday, the Goan Government issued guidelines for all international passengers coming to the state. To prevent the spread of the Omicron virus, the passengers will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and self-isolation.

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IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Mumbai amid forecasts of heavy rains on Wednesday

These showers are likely to extend for the next 24 hours in Mumbai

Mumbai, Thane and Palghar woke up to isolated light showers accompanied by low temperature on the first day of December. As per reports, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in these regions for Wednesday amid forecasts of a moderate to isolated heavy monsoon spell through the day.

According to the MeT department, these unseasonal rains have been spurred due to western disturbances, intensified by a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off Maharashtra. These showers are likely to extend until Thursday, added reports.

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