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New lanes on the Mumbai-Thane Kopri Bridge to be inaugurated soon!

Widening of the 56 years old Kopri Bridge is expected to reduce traffic snarls along the route.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has completed the work on two additional bridges on the Kopri Rail Over Bridge (ROB), under the first phase of the road widening project here. Standing as a key link between Mumbai and Thane, the upgraded road is presently undergoing beautification work and is ready for inauguration, added reports. The new links are pegged to ease and regulate heavy traffic on this route, once commissioned.

MMRDA to widen the Kopri Bridge at a ₹258.76 crore budget

A part of the octa-corridor Eastern Express Highway, the Kopri ROB in Mumbai narrows down to a 2 lane structure, causing severe traffic locks here during peak hours. Notably, several road-widening projects were proposed here by various agencies, including the PWD and MSRDC, in the past to regulate traffic for about 1.22 lakh vehicles that use the Kopri Bridge every day.

The first such proposition was tabled 13 years ago at a ₹9 crore budget. The delayed approval and implementation of the same increased the project cost to ₹258.76 crores, suggested official records. The redevelopment is presently being operated under the authority of the MMRDA, in two phases.

4-lane structure to ease traffic between Mumbai & Thane

The first phase of the Kopri Bridge revamp included the construction of two additional roads on one side of the ROB. Traffic was allowed to use the old structure during this time. In the second phase, the MMRDA will open the newly constructed lanes for traffic, demolish the old structure and build a new two-lane bridge in its place. All permissions are in order and the additional lanes will open to traffic soon, informed the MMRDA Chief.

The second phase will be kicked off simultaneously along with the inauguration and is expected to reach completion within 9 months. Once complete, the bridge will turn into a 4-lane structure, double its present size. As such, it will open more space for the traffic regulations, bringing respite from intense bottlenecks for passengers travelling between Mumbai and Thane.

All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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The 16th National Aerobics, Fitness and Hip Hop Championships are all set to take place in Lucknow from 14-16th of January. The championships will be hosted at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. To promote the sport in the state, a new executive committee for the Uttar Pradesh Aerobics Association has also been formed. The UP Aerobics Association has been given the permission to host the event after receiving recognition from the UP Olympic Association.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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New war rooms to be set up in Lucknow, Kanpur & other major cities in UP to combat air pollution

The use of all 10-year-old diesel and 15-years-old petrol vehicles has been strictly prohibited.

Gearing up for the fight against air pollution, the govt of Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up war rooms in Lucknow, Kanpur and other major cities. The new infrastructure will be set up under the authority of the Road Dust Management and will keep a check on various sources of pollution. As per reports, similar war rooms will also be set up in NCR districts to improve the overall air quality in UP.

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Kanpur Metro covers 3,900 metres in its maiden trial run!

The three-coach train covered a distance of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track.

The Kanpur Metro conducted its first trial run along the depot test track on Monday, ahead of the RDSO trials slated next month. Reportedly, the brand new three-coach train of the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation fleet covered a total of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track. As per the project timeline, the Kanpur metro division is expected to commission public services by the end of this year or early January, next year.

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