To limit air pollution in Lucknow, authorities set to begin a campaign from Sunday

As the relaxations have come into action, the city's AQI is being termed as 'poor'

Due to the lockdown this year, Lucknow noticed a substantial reduction in the number of vehicles plying on the streets which further resulted in the improvement of the average air quality index (AQI) of the city for quite sometime. But as the relaxations have come into action, the city's AQI is being termed as 'poor' and a drop in average temperatures is additionally contributing to it. So in a bid to control the air pollution scenario in Lucknow, the district administration will begin a special campaign from Sunday.


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The campaign will include stringent checks on vehicular pollution, land filling sites for industrial area and the spraying of treated water from STP, at the construction sites. Ground water will not be used, in any respect. This decision was made on Thursday, by the DM of Lucknow along with other officials and the meeting was held at the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Auditorium.

The conference was attended by the municipal corporation commissioner, LDA, forest department, traffic police, housing development, NHAI, public works department, Setu Nigam, UPSRTC, industrial department, PCB, construction agencies and so on. Lucknow's DM also ordered for the urgent adherence to Green Net, anti-smoke gun, self-dust control audit, PTZ camera at construction sites and the sprinkling of treated water. The concerned departments will need to furnish details of their actions pertaining to the control of air pollution till date and they need to submit the data to the regional officer pollution control.

According to CPCB, stubble burning incidents have also become a factor to the deteriorating AQI. Officials in New Delhi too, have initiated an anti-pollution campaign in an effort to curtail air pollution ahead of winter, when the city is regularly covered in toxic haze.

Avian flu in Mumbai: BMC flooded with complaints as bird death-toll surges

BMC officials have notified that there are multiple complaints for a single death, raising the count of calls over actual deaths

Goa bans import of poultry & other birds from Maharashtra, Karnataka amid avian flu scares
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After the Disaster Management Cell of the BMC gave out a helpline number for reporting bird carcasses last week, it has been flooded with complaint calls given the ascending number of bird deaths in the city. As per reports, BMC has received nearly 1800 complaint calls since the first case of bird flu was reported in the city.

No chicken death witnessed so far

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The cases reported so far include crows, pigeons and other birds but not chicken, clarified BMC. Reportedly, a BMC official mentioned that they have received repetitive calls reporting the same death, which has taken the count of calls over the actual number of deaths. While the state of Maharashtra has culled more than 6,000 birds, Mumbai has been kept out of the loop so far. To this end, the general manager of Deonar Abattoir, a slaughterhouse in Mumbai's eastern suburb stated that the culling of birds is not being implemented because no chicken death has been witnessed in the city, as of now.

Byculla zoo on high alert; no bird flu case reported

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Housing over two hundred exotic and aquatic birds, the Byculla Zoo went on a high alert after Mumbai reported its first case of the avian flu. To block the entry of the virus, the zoo authorities are making sure that there is no interaction between the caged and the migratory birds. Owing to its meticulous preparedness, the zoo has not encountered a single case of bird flu.

Officials from the market department of the municipal corporation are keeping a regular check on the functioning of retailers and wholesalers in the poultry market, spreading awareness amongst them about bird flu. With the outbreak of avian influenza, the sales of poultry have crashed by an approximate of 5% -15% according to poultry sellers' association in Maharashtra. Consequently, the demand for seafood and meat has risen, leading to higher prices for the same.

Lucknow to use both COVAXIN & Covishield in the 2nd round of COVID inoculation drive

COVAXIN will be available at 3 hospitals in Lucknow during the second round of vaccination drive, on Friday

In addition to SII's Covishield vaccination, Lucknow's health department has decided to induct COVAXIN in the city's second round vaccination drive, scheduled for Friday. About 85 booths at 32 centres in Lucknow will conduct the second vaccination session, starting January 22, where 3 city hospitals will administer COVAXIN shots, including, Lokbandhu Hospital, SPM Civil Hospital and Rani Laxmibai Hospitals. Other vaccine centres will use Covishield, read reports. Lucknow has planned to immunise a total of 8,500 health care workers in the second round of inoculation.

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Indore among the 6 cities listed under Light House Project; will get 1000 low-cost homes soon

Indore Municipal Corporation has designed a website for encouraging online application for availing the benefit of the project.

In a step towards assuring low-cost homes for the underprivileged, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for construction of 1000 1-BHK flats in Indore under the Light House Project on January 22. The affordable housing project is an initiative under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) that has shortlisted 6 cities under its ambit. Inaugurated in January this year only, the enterprise will move to its implementation phase soon.

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An epitome of cosmic feels, Nepalgunj is your spot for an extended trip from Kanpur!

Known for the exciting treks offered by the region, Nepalgunj is also famous for its scenic landscape and diverse cultures.

Are you seeking an escape from the tumult of Kanpur's modern life? Or, are you day-dreaming of a trip to some alluring land nestled between the wondrous and the winsome? Then, plan out an extended holiday and trudge through the valleys of Nepalgunj. Located along the western boundaries of Nepal, the town beautifully presents one of the best amalgamations of rich culture and splendid natural heritage.

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Run for the women, by the women, pink autos to ply on Kanpur streets soon!

Proposal to launch 'Women's Special Pink Auto' tabled, Regional Transport Authority may grant permission on January 28

In a bid to boost women employment in the city, RTO Kanpur has floated a proposal to initiate the services of women-operated autos under the label of 'Women's Special Pink Auto'. These vehicles will ferry only women commuters, creating a sense of security among them as they opt for means of public transport. As per reports, the project will be granted the final nod by the Regional Transport Authority, in a meeting scheduled on January 28.

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