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MPA's new parking management plans to take off by August at 3 wards in Mumbai

Mumbai Parking Authority aims to create decentralized & comprehensive ward parking plans to ensure civic order in the city.

The BMC's new agency, Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA), has slated the implementation of a comprehensive, strategic and decentralised ward parking plan, most likely by August. As per officials, the new parking management strategy will be introduced as a pilot strategy at three administrative wards here, namely the Grant Road (D), Andheri west (K-West) and Bhandup (S). Provision for pre, online bookings will be enabled at these new spaces. While officials are still working on the parking fees for the new holdings, it is pegged to significantly slash the current rates.

Identifying & optimising parking spaces in Mumbai

The Mumbai Parking Authority studied the parking landscape in the city via a conclusive month-long survey. The body analysed available parking spaces, parking requirements for commercial and private vehicles, the duration of parking, pick-up and drop services alongside loading and unloading facilities, to strategically assign dedicated spots at available spaces for these.

Officials have further highlighted that MPA has also studied data in a combination with the length and width of the roads, to check the feasibility of parallel and roadside parking. Traffic flow, parking space requirement and other factors will be categorised to identify and optimise parking spaces, as per the ward demands.

The project for the e-linked parking shelters was formulated in January this year and received the approval nod from the BMC's standing committee in May. Groundwork is likely to commence by next month as the proposal is being tabled for the Mumbai Traffic Police final affirmation.

As per the proposition, the MPA has made recommendations about including road and roadside parking under its management wing. Designated experts will be onboarded to carry out diversified tasks related to legal matter, workforce implementations, comprehensive parking management in all 24 wards, parking policy draft, uniform signages and parking rates.

Creating a parking pool in Mumbai

The BMC Commissioner has further recommended the establishment of a city parking pool - an online aggregator node that will hold all the information regarding available parking spaces in the city. The umbrella platform will be backed by all government agencies to relay inputs regarding parking areas under their jurisdiction. This will enable people to avail easy booking of parking slots in the city via a single application.

Besides, the MPA has decided to introduce the benefit of 'Livelihood Discounts' for drivers whose vehicles are their means of livelihood. This will include all autos, taxis, cabs and other yellow nameplate automobiles - who will be charged subsidised rates for parking.

BMC postpones reopening of Mumbai schools for classes 1-7 amid Omicron concerns

Besides Mumbai, Pune & Nashik, all schools in Maharashtra will resume offline classes from December 1

In wake of the rising concerns over the new coronavirus variant 'Omicron', the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has staggered the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 in Mumbai. In an official address on Tuesday, the civic body directed all educational institutes to postpone the resumption of physical classes for junior classes from December 1, 2021 to December 15, 2021. As per reports, schools are operating in offline format for classes 8 to 12 since October 4.

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Creste is hosting a 'Christmas Carnival' in Lucknow & here's how you can make it merrier!

The Creste Carnival is going live on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021 at Red Hill School in Lucknow.

Dashing in those merry festivities in a one-horse open sleigh, Creste has announced its Christmas Carnival open in Lucknow! A kids' special bonanza, set in the themes of jingles and glee, this affair has been designed especially for kids and you're on the guestlist too if you can double up the joy of the Yuletide season for the tiny tots!

Washed in jolly vibes and the spirit of love, lights and laughter, Creste's Christmas Carnival is where miracles come alive! And if you want to be a part of its magical loop as well, we've got the deets covered for you!

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Mumbai Traffic police bans two-wheelers, three-wheelers & heavy vehicles on BKC-Chunabatti Connector

Now, only cars and buses will be permitted to use the elevated road

Driving towards fast and free-flowing traffic, the Mumbai Traffic Police on Monday announced the BKC-Chunabatti Connector permanently closed for two, three and heavy vehicles. As per reports, the movement of trucks, trailers, bikes, scooters and auto-rickshaws and other such vehicles has been completely banned on both sides of the bridge. However, buses will be permitted to ply across to ensure easy travel.

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Uttar Pradesh becomes the first state in India to administer over 16 crore COVID jabs!

Around 33% of UP's eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID

Counting over 16 crore COVID vaccinations as of Monday, Uttar Pradesh has stepped up to become the highest inoculating state in India. Noteworthily UP stands to be the most populous region in the country with the largest pool of eligible beneficiarie and about 76% of this segment has received at least a single corona dose. As per reports, about 33% of the total state population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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DIVINE to perform in Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Goa & 10 other cities during the Punya Paap Tour

DIVINE's Punya Paap Tour will roll out from December and conclude by the end of January, 2022

Hip-hop star and Rapper, DIVINE, who has made it big in the indie music world and is also popularly known for his work in Gully Boy is all set to head out for the Punya Paap Tour. The artiste will be traveling across 14 cities, during the tour which includes- Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Udaipur, Goa, Mysore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. Showcasing DIVINE along with his usual collaborators and rappers, this countrywide tour will be flagged off in December's first week.

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Cops in UP to get CPR training for providing timely aid during emergency situations

Around 500-1000 police officials will be given CPR training by medical experts

In a bid to provide timely aid to citizens during an emergency, the Lucknow police personnel will be trained to perform basic lifesaving techniques i.e., cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This initiative will help the police force to help residents of the city receive medical assistance during emergency situations. With the professional guidance and training by medical experts like the head of the cardiology department at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), the police force will be able to help citizens before they are taken to the hospital in emergency situations.

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India to resume International commercial air services from December 15!

Notably, the passenger air services were suspended in March 2020, owing to the outbreak of COVID

After a gap of about twenty months, India is all set to resume international passenger air services from December 15, 2021, informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday. Additionally, as per the revised guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry passengers need to submit 14 days travel details and upload a negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha Portal before the journey. This announcement comes in time Omicron strain of COVID has been identified in South Africa recently.

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