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66% flight intl. flight bookings to be cancelled given new covid strain scare

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New Covid strain, December: A countrywide survey has found that as much as 2/3rds of people who had planned to take a flight out of India are more likely to drop their plans and bookings. This would come after a new Covid strain was found internationally. LocalCircles, a community social media platform conducted this survey which witnesses responses of over 10,000 people spread across 204 districts.

Months after the flight ban, the airline industry was recovering, however, now due to this new covid strain the airline services might have to face another hit in the first few months of 2021. 71% of people were clear enough to claim that they will not head out of the country in the next three months. A minuscule 2% had bookings, plans and were likely to travel abroad. But another 2% claimed that they might cancel their travel plans given the covid circumstances.

On the domestic front, 18% had travel plans while 34% would ‘evaluate’ the situation occurring due to covid in the next year. The survey report stated, “However, if India is able to contain the spread of Covid and the new virus mutations, domestic travel is likely to be strong.”

Also read: New covid strain may push recovery of international flights

The Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine had reported that the mutant coronavirus was 56% more transmissible than other strains. Even the British government claimed that this covid variant is 70% more transmissible and out of control. Ohter than this has pressured the UK government to impose a strict lockdown in London and South East England.

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Turning trash into treasure: Nepal plans turning Mount Everest garbage into art pieces

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23 January: Setting an example for the whole world, Nepal announced its plan to convert the trash collected from Mount Everest to develop art pieces. These art pieces will be put in a gallery and will educate the world about the need to keep Everest clean and saving it from becoming a dumping site.

Nepal formed teams of people who collected tonnes of garbage from the mountain side, mostly consisted of plastic bottles, ladders, torn tents, cans oxygen bottles, and wrappers. The trekkers and climbers at the mountain leave behind a huge mess at the top and the adjoining areas. Trash has been collected from the peak which is 8848.86 m which is 29032 ft.

The director of the project Tommy Gustafsson alongside the co-founder of the Sagarmatha Next Centre quoted that local and foreign artists will be involved in making this art project a success by creating artwork from the collected wastage. The products made from this trash will be sold as souvenirs and the money collected from them will be used in conservation purposes.

Also read: Manipur on War Tourism map; government plans to build tourism site at Koirengei

While informing media about the plan, Gustafsson quoted, “We want to showcase how you can transform solid waste into precious pieces of art and generate employment and income. We hope to change people’s perceptions about garbage and manage it.”

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Kevadiya railway station becomes India’s first with green building certification

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22 January: Located in Gujarat, Kevadiya railway station has become India’s first railway station with a green building certification. For being India’s first Green Building certified station, it is also registered with the Indian Green Building Council.

The key features of the station paved the way for the city’s public transport spot to build the record. Various installations have been made in the station in order to conserve electricity like LED lights and other branded electrical appliances.

A tribal art gallery is introduced on Kevadiya railway station to attract more passengers. A viewing gallery is also made to enable the visitors to view the Statue of Unity from level three of the station. For water management, several facilities have been installed like rainwater harvesting, eco-waterless urinals, drip irrigation and sewage treatment plant.

Also read: IndiGo launches daily flights between Delhi and Leh starting Feb 22

The station area also has facilities laid for vehicle parking, food courts, landscaping, and others as well like wide traffic way, horticulture plants, thematic park with selfie zone and children play zone.

The country is preparing to facilitate the travel and tourism opportunities for the tourist, these developments are a part of it. Previously, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also flagged off 8 trains in order to ease travel to Statue of Unity from various other regions of the country. With these developments, the access and travel to the world-famous Statue of Unity in India have become easier and sorted as now people can travel directly to Kevadiya through these trains.

For more information on which trains will carry you to Gujarat’s Statue of Unity, read our report:

8 new trains connect to Kevadiya; improves connectivity with Statue of Unity

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IRCTC offers free air fare to passengers booking for Golden Chariot

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22 January: In a surprising offer reportedly, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is offering free air tickets for the passengers who are opting for luxury tourist packages in the Golden Chariot which is a luxury train. This offer can be availed by anyone.

The Tourism and Marketing spokesperson of the IRCTC, Shubham Arya said that they will offer flexibility in booking the ticket dates and that will be according to the demand of the passenger only.

Adding that the train bookings can be done 2 to 3 days in advance, he said that the passengers can also book the tickets 2-3 days after the Golden Chariot tour is completed. He also informed that free airfare will be between Chandigarh-Bengaluru-Chandigarh.

Also read: 8 new trains connect to Kevadiya; improves connectivity with Statue of Unity

Divulging the details of this offer, IRCTC Regional manager MPS Raghav mentioned that this offer is valid for the domestic air travel to and from Bengaluru and Chandigarh and for those who are booking tickets for the luxury train Golden Chariot.

Further, he also added that the Indian railway has introduced 2 itineraries that are first, departing from Bengaluru and covering locations such as Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Goa and then returning to the starting point. Any citizen going fo the higher package of the 2 itineraries would be given free tickets of the train.

These luxury tour packages to South India will provide an opportunity for travellers to understand the cultures and royalty of the Indian region, South India.

The luxury Golden Chariot train will provide the best of the state-of-the-art amenities to the passengers on board. From smart TVs installations, to clean bathrooms, from fire alarm systems to CCTVs for security, the train is keeping all amenities on top priority to bestow the best travel experience of the passengers.

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