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Unlicensed buildings in Mumbai to be repaired & maintained under the cluster redevelopment scheme!

As per the assumptions of the government, there are over 4 lakh unlicensed constructions in Maharashtra's urban areas.

The state government of Mumbai has now granted permission pertaining to the redevelopment of illegal buildings under cluster redevelopment scheme. This move is making way for the legalization of clumps of unaccredited establishments in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and other urban areas across Maharashtra. This was previously applicable only on areas within the Thane Municipal Corporation limits but the state's new coalesced development control norms have made it pertinent to all. The new regulations were set in motion on the 4th of December.

The government is providing sale incentives of up to 175% in the rehabilitation area, to the builders

As per the assumptions of the government, there are over 4 lakh unlicensed constructions in Maharashtra's urban areas, with Navi Mumbai and Thane in MMR, making up for a substantial chunk amidst these. The fresh rules state that "unauthorised buildings over 30 years, slums, authorised dilapidated buildings, authorised buildings over 30 years, central and state lands, privately owned land" can be refurbished at the same instant under the banner of cluster redevelopment model.

Further, in an effort to draw the attention of the developers, the government is also providing sale incentives of up to 175% in the rehabilitation area, regarding such projects. In Mumbai, only licensed developments are allowed to be revamped under the cluster scheme and the sale incentive offered to builders, is up to 100% of the rehabilitation gambit. Last month, the government had also laid out the notion of enhancing the sale incentive in Mumbai to 130%, in a separate notification.

Additionally, the government has clarified that these operating procedures will bolster the curation of more affordable housing stock but according to a sect of town planners, the high incentives may pave the way for more illegal constructions in the localities.

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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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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