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Makeshift bridge alongside Mumbai Trans Harbour Link to be retained for bird watching

The temporary bridge had been built in the coastal wetlands of Sewri mudflats near the harbour link, which is a habitat for flamingoes

In a welcoming move for the bird lovers of Mumbai, the government of Maharashtra has decided to retain the temporary bridge that was built to facilitate the construction of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL). Twitchers have a new terminus in a deck, where they can spot migratory birds including flamingoes that frequent the Sewri mudflats. Originally, the 5.6-kilometre-long flyover was built for temporary use to facilitate the movement of men and machinery during the construction of the longest sea bridge of India.

Attempt to boost tourism in the wetland

Notably, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has initiated the construction work on the 22-km-long harbour link from the Sewri end, which will eventually connect Mumbai to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). As per the officials of the (MMRDA), instead of demolishing the temporary bridge the administration is working on a comprehensive plan to turn the flyover into a platform for bird watching. Rather than spending money and labour on bulldozing the flyover, this site will be developed as an independent tourist spot to further tourism in this region.

Flamingoes can be spotted from November to May

According to the officials, it has been noted that the construction work has not disturbed the movement of these migratory birds much. However, as per reports, the mangrove protection cell had recently recommended certain mitigation measures to the MMRDA to lessen the illumination work on the under-construction bridge to avoid inconvenience to the flamingoes after sunset.

The makeshift bridge had been built in the coastal wetlands of Sewri mudflats near the harbour link, which is a habitat for flamingoes. From November to May, two species of flamingoes can be spotted in this wetland. Apart from this, many other birds flock to the coastal wetlands as well. Initially, there were plans to build a boardwalk in the Sewri mangroves which was later shelved due to unavoidable reasons. To make up for this, the access bridge has been retained to serve the same purpose and let nature-loving people connect with the fauna as well.

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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Third train set for Kanpur Metro arrives in the city

Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month

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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