Helicopter services to naimisharanya from Lucknow to start soon says CM Yogi

Lucknow: Stating that the need of the hour is a ‘pollution-free' public transport, on Thursday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged
off 42 high-tech electric buses. Of these, 34 buses will run in Lucknow and eight in Kanpur.

While flagging off the e-buses from his official residence, Yogi said; The need of the hour is public transport that is free
from noise and air pollution. In this series, we have dedicated these buses to two cities, Lucknow and Kanpur.”

Lauding the work of the Department of Urban Development, the CM said, “Out of 100 cities being developed
as smart cities in the country, 10 are from UP while Agra and Varanasi are in the list of top 10 cities because of their
outstanding performance.”

He further said that in the last five years, the Urban Development department has been efficiently carrying out the
task of providing civic amenities across the state as per the vision of the Prime Minister.

“Under the Smart City project, the system of ITMS (Integrated Traffic Management System) has helped the state
not only in urban areas, but also in Covid management through ICCC (Integrated Covid Control Centre). Uttar Pradesh has
presented the best model of Covid management by implementing it not only in 17 bodies connected with smart
cities, but across 75 districts of the state,” said Yogi.

Highlighting the works done in the state to improve the urban facilities, the CM remarked, “Metro rail services are
operational in 5 cities of Uttar Pradesh. Work on Agra metro is in progress. Besides, as many as 17 lakh people have received
houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Apart from this, over 9 lakh personal toilets have been constructed under
the Swacch Bharat Mission in the urban areas of the state.

Also, construction of several community toilets has been completed.” He went on to say that when people visit Lucknow or
Varanasi today, they can’t help appreciating the beauty of the two cities, which bears testimony to the government’s ongoing
efforts to keep the cities clean. “Constant efforts have been made towards providing basic infrastructural facilities, cleanliness, clean drinking water, and controlling vector-borne diseases in the state”, he further pointed out.

The Chief Minister said that efforts are also being made to give a boost to the tourism industry in the state. “Electric buses
are doing well in Gorakhpur and people are appreciating these services. When a common man appreciates the work of our
govt, we must know that we are going in the right direction.”

Recalling a recent incident, the CM remarked, “A person from South India visited me and enquired about Naimisharanya. When I asked him the reason, he said that in his flight more than 50 percent of the passengers were travelling to Naimisharanya.”
“Our government is working towards the protection and promotion of our heritage. Some of the e-buses will be dedicated to Naimisharanya and soon we are going to start a helicopter service from Lucknow to Naimisharanya”, CM Yogi concluded.

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