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QR code-based pass to be made compulsory once again, for traveling in Mumbai local trains

A five level travel pass will permit passengers' access to local trains, monorails & metro in Mumbai.

In an attempt to stagger crowds in Mumbai local trains, the Maharashtra Disaster Management Team has decided to reintroduce the QR code-based railway pass. This will simultaneously dissuade illicit travellers (those without local train travel permission) or those with face identity cards to board the trains. The Railways have stated that they have been working in association with the state government to facilitate the pass-service, with full support.

Level-based travel pass in Mumbai

Travel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region will now be regulated by the BMC's level-based curbs here. A railway pass will soon permit passengers' access to local trains, monorail and metros here. However, government employees (local, central or state level officials) have been granted permission to travel in local trains at all levels of restrictions.

For this, the officials will have to procure a 'Univeral Pass Travel'. All passes under the umbrella of this system will specifically mention the level up to which people can travel. Additionally, travel in all levels below this mentioned category will also be permitted. For instance, if a pass mentions level 3, the pass-holder will be allowed to travel if the level of restrictions under force is 1, 2 or 3. Similarly, if the pass mentions level 2, then the passengers can travel only if the level of restrictions is 1 or 2.

Drive against fake identity holders

The QR-code pass can be scanned through any smartphone with the use of a relevant code reader - verifying the authenticity of the pass. As such, travellers with an inauthentic pass or without one will not be able to board the local trains, a letter by the State Disaster Management Authority highlights. All public transport officials have been authorised to charge fines in case of breach of the system.

The state and railways have joined forces to launch a strict drive against fake ID holders, irregular travellers to facilitate permission to only those categories approved by the state. Given the large number of passes that need to be prepared, the system will come in force from a particular date, which will be duly announced.

Railways to initiate 15-car services on slow lines between Andheri & Virar

In another attempt to ensure convenient and crowd-less train travel in Mumbai, the Western Railways has introduced 15-car services on slow lines between Andheri & Virar from today. As per reports, around 25 services, with 13 Virar bound and 12 Andheri bound services will ease the traffic woes in this section. Of these, 18 services are slow line services, while 7 are on fast lines.

This step will boost the locals' carrying capacity by 25% along the suburban stretch, the PRO of the Western Railways mentioned. He added that the increased commuter accommodation will offer great comfort to all travellers, once local trains full open again for public used.

Reportedly, the Railways has undertaken the task of upgrading 27 platforms at 14 stations, on the slow corridor between Andheri and Virar to run the services. Additional development and remodelling of major yards at Andheri, Bhayander, Vasai Road and Virar, construction and extension of five-foot overbridges and provision of double discharge at Jogeshwari will also be looked into to ensure smooth dispersal of the commuter.

The 15-car local train project has been carried out along the 40 km stretch at an approximate cost of ₹60 crores. Until now, only 12-car slow trains operate here. All 15-car local trains run as fast-train services.

Kanpur Coronavirus Update: 616 new Covid cases reported in the last 24 hours

After witnessing a slight drop in daily cases on Thursday with 354, Kanpur witnesses a massive surge in the daily tally at 616 fresh cases on Sunday.

Kanpur's covid graph has again shown a sudden spike in the daily tally of cases on Saturday with 887 fresh cases and 616 cases on Sunday. This comes after showing a considerable dip in cases on Thursday, with 354 cases. The active case count of the city now stands at 3671, while the discharges in the industrial city are at 428, with 1 death reported in the last 24 hours.

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All educational institutes in Lucknow & other districts of UP to remain closed till January 30

Considering the rising pile of COVID cases every day, this move ensures the safety of the vulnerable group of children

In line with the accelerating rate of COVID in Lucknow and the entire state, all schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh will remain closed till January 30. Notably, all educational institutes were directed to discontinue offline classes till January 23, however, as per the order released by the state administration it has now been extended for another week. Read on to know more about the order.

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Government schools in Indore welcome dropouts for skill training

Dropouts in the state can now enrol for skill training programmes at Govt. schools under new RMSA project.

Six government higher secondary schools in the Indore district have been selected to welcome dropouts who have studied up to class 8th. The motive of the project is to upskill youth to make them employable and open better career opportunities. Narendra Jain, Assistant District Project Coordinator of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), told TOI that the programme will be run as a pilot project this year. Trainers in these education hubs will be guided by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

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JMC in action to clean water lettuce engulfing a portion of Dravyavati river

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has launched a cleanliness campaign to curtail the fast-spreading weed.

A portion of Dravyavati near Ambabari in Jaipur has suffered an onslaught by pistia stratiotes, also called jalkumbhi or water lettuce. The weed is engulfing the portion of the river from all directions at great speed. In a bid to clean the river, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has launched a cleanliness campaign to curtail the fast-spreading weed. Sewerage discharge and stinking water can be considered as the major cause for overspread of the weed. Around five years ago, Anansagar Lake was also attacked by this jalkumbhi. The administration worked very hard to remove the weeds but they have returned this season too. However, it wouldn’t have such grave consequences, due to the consistent flow of water in the river.

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Authentic Mughlai on your mind? The Latif's in Lucknow is where you need be!

With the chef who comes from Kakori-the land known for its kebabs, you can be assured of the authenticity of taste at The Latif's

If you wish to turn your love affair with Mughlai cuisine into a brand new sage, delve deep into the delectable delicacies at The Latif's in Lucknow. Seated at Gomti Nagar, this regular-looking restaurant offers an array of authentic Mughlai dishes to choose from. While we know this locality is famous for its high-priced food joints, breaking that clutter is a rather simple outlet- The Latif, with its high quality of food!

With the chef who comes from Kakori-the land known for its kebabs, you can be assured of the authenticity of taste at this food joint. So instead of worrying about the bills, we suggest you think about ways to manage the walk back to your vehicle as the flavourful offerings here are guaranteed to make you end up overeating!

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No respite from winter chills in Lucknow; IMD predicts colder days ahead!

As per the prediction made by the MeT, a 4-degree drop in temperature will be recorded in Uttar Pradesh in the next three days

After experiencing unusually cold weather this week, Lucknow and other cities of Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness a further dip in temperature in the coming days. As per the prediction by the Indian Meteorological Department, Lucknow will not witness any respite from severe cold waves in the next 48 hours. Notably, the MeT has issued a warning in the northern parts of the country regarding the temperature drop expected in the next five days.

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New in Lucknow: Purple Foods is stirring up city's culinary scenes & how!

Purple Foods debut in Lucknow with their one destination, one stop eatery

Does your agenda this weekend include getting a meal and refreshing drinks with friends/family? Does it also include an argument where you can't agree on where to eat because that one guy in your group is always craving for kebabs, and your best friend wants nothing more than a mocktail to beat the day’s blues and you’d rather have a hearty burger and call it a day!

Well, Lucknowites, in that case, we’ve got news for you! Having marked their debut in the city that loves to eat, only last month, Purple Foods is synonymous with the most indulgent and diverse cuisines all under one roof. They are an instant word-of-mouth hit! An exciting eatery shaking up Lucknow’s culinary landscape by merging high-end food, with authentic familial influences and pan-relish cuisine. Turn over the menu to explore a map of taste-bud-Asia.

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