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Lucknowites have not found a respite from the pollution due to relentless construction all over the city. The unabated construction has been blamed for endless traffic woes and worsening air quality. And metro construction over the last several years has also been a culprit.

“The metro construction is one of the biggest polluters in the city. Because of it, roads are blocked and traffic jams are caused.” Imran a resident of Indira Nagar told Knocksense. Metro has been one of the major contributing factors to the increasing air pollution, even though Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (now UPMRC) has been trying to check this.

Construction work being completed by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation last month. 

“In every street corner you’ll find a pile of garbage being burnt. Toxins are released in the air unchecked and then people wonder why it has become difficult to breathe in the city” Sonal, a resident of Jankipuram Extension said while talking to Knocksense about the factors contributing to Lucknow’s air pollution.

Lucknow, last year itself, was on the list of the most polluted cities in India (and the world). Air pollution in Lucknow this year is already worse than what it was last year. Experts and authorities though, have been trying to find a solution to the problem but the condition is exacerbated by increased vehicular pollution. In October this year the air quality in Lucknow was deemed as poor which could lead to breathing discomfort for most people on prolonged exposure.

The air quality in Lucknow likely to deteriorate even further due to crop burning in Harayana and Punjab. As the farmers prepare for a change in the crop season from Kharif to Rabi, paddy stubble burning is set to rise, which becomes an immediate concern because of the toxic residue. Delhi-NCR and the nearby areas have gone on a pollution alert because of the stubble burning. The pollution is likely to spread from Punjab-Haryana to Delhi-NCR to Lucknow

Lucknow struggled with poor air quality and smog at the start of winters last year. This year also the scenario may not improve. Experts are concerned about the ill-effects of the air pollution and the resultant increase in incidence of diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and asthma.

With Diwali around the corner, we can expect pollution to worsen. Lucknow authorities may need to take immediate steps to ameliorate the condition and residents of the capital. Meanwhile the residents may have to prepare to combat the pollution.

Unity Day celebrations underway in Lucknow; know about Sunday route diversions here:

Check full list of route and traffic diversions in Lucknow on Sunday

Traffic movement will be affected in Lucknow on Sunday (October 31) on account of a National Unity Day programme at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Lucknow, Raees Akhtar has released an order to announce all restricted routes and alternate diversions applicable here. Due to the rehearsals of the event, the traffic movement was affected today also.

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Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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