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Yogi Adityanath government to upgrade 14 cities of UP under its ‘Master Plan’



The Uttar Pradesh government has identified 14 cities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, for transformation as per the “growing urban requirements”, and has decided to prepare new master plans for these cities, officials said on Friday.

Apart from Varanasi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s hometown Gorakhpur, state Capital Lucknow and Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) in the National Captial Region (NCR) are also on the list. The other cities are Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Prayagraj, Agra, Moradabad, Jhansi, Mathura, Bareilly, Meerut, and Saharanpur.

The state Department of Housing has been given the task of preparing the development plans. According to officials, the department has started the process of selecting a consultant for the project. While the master plans will be based on the Geographic Information System (GIS), the government plans to also initiate changes in land use to identify proper places for all the amenities to be provided as part of the new plans, which will include work to preserve historical sites and the general beautification of the cities.

Sources in the government said the consultant preparing the master plans would be expected to determine land use as per the current needs of the cities as well as the needs of the future, including rivers, airports, bus stands and military areas, along with the conservation of historical and religious sites, ponds, reservoirs, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, if any, reserved forest areas and other protected areas. Army firing ranges will be declared “sensitive” areas. The plans will also identify waterworks, sewage treatment plants, and garbage disposal centres.


Here are top five selling cars in India right now: Watch list



The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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