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Lucknow : With overloading of vehicles turning out to be one of the foremost reasons for road accidents in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has recovered Rs 3.95 crore as penalty in the last six days.

The fine was imposed on 4,456 vehicles and action was taken against 2,571 vehicles by the transport department, an official said on Saturday.

Calling for sustained and stringent action against overloaded vehicles, Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan has asked the transport officials, public works, traffic, police and mining departments to launch a joint action team against all such vehicles.

District magistrates (DMs) were asked to ensure adequate security for these teams while on raids, officials said.

There have been many cases in past where raiding teams were assaulted, the official said.

(IANS)
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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)