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New COVID-19 norms for international flyers to ensure social distancing at Mumbai airport

International flyers no longer need to wait at the Mumbai airport after giving the swab sample.

In a bid to prevent overcrowding at the Mumbai International Airport, BMC has relaxed the SOPs for the arriving international passengers in the city. Now, travellers without a negative coronavirus report, will not have to stay at the airport to get COVID test done, instead will be permitted to go home, after they submit their swab sample to the designated authorities at the city airbase. While confirming the development, the Additional Municipal Commissioner stated that the BMC will release the related notification in two days time.

International travel to Mumbai eased

Currently, all international passengers arriving at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaja International airport in Mumbai are permitted to go home, if they've produced a negative COVID-19 report. On the other hand, those without this medical certificate will be escorted by the airport authorities to the COVID-19 test centres, operated by private labs in the airport premises. Here, the travellers have to get themselves tested, incurring the charges of the COVID test themselves and wait for 8 to 24 hours at the airbase until the reports are out.

However, after the new guidelines are implemented, passengers will be allowed to head home after submitting their swab samples at the labs and will be updated about their reports over the phone. These guidelines are already operational for domestic travellers, reaching Mumbai from Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi and Gujarat and will soon be applicable for International travellers as well.

Passengers to benefit from the protocol

Exercising upon the multiple complaints from the travellers, this civic decision will benefit passengers the most. The BMC received several complaints about the problems they have to face due to the mandatory waiting protocol at the airport, which not only causes mental harassment but also burns a hole in their pockets.

The BMC officials have notified that if the COVID-19 report is positive, the municipal authority will notify the passengers themselves, however, individuals will be directly contacted by the lab if the reports conclude negative infection.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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