Mumbai is set to get the highest grant of Rs 488 crore from the Centre’s Rs 4,400 crore fund which is earmarked exclusively for cities with more than one million population in states to improve air quality during 2020-21. Delhi may miss this assistance despite figuring among the most polluted cities in the country as the fund would only be meant for ‘million plus’ population cities in states.
A recent report by Dutch location and navigation services provider TomTom had found Bengaluru to be the most traffic-congested city in the world, followed by Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi that also finished in the top 10. Sharing commutes not only saves cost and fuel, but also reduces the stress of daily travel.
"Cars create less pollution. What are you (Delhi) getting from this odd-even? What is the logic behind the odd-even scheme? Banning diesel vehicles we can understand, but what is the point of odd-even scheme," Justice Arun Mishra said. The bench has sought data from the Delhi govt by Friday to prove that the odd-even scheme has reduced pollution in Delhi.
The Delhi govt on Tuesday said that the latest images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) show a drastic increase in the stubble burning in the last 24 hours in Haryana and Punjab. The statement said that wind direction shows stubble plume could increase from Punjab and Haryana, and Delhi facing adverse air quality despite the cleanest Diwali night in the last many years.
The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, noted that the chicks of noise-exposed birds were smaller than the young ones from quiet nests. The researchers, including those from The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science in Germany (MPG), studied the effect of traffic noise on stress hormone levels, health, and reproductive success in breeding zebra finches -- birds native to the arid areas of Central Australia.
NEW DELHI: Days before Diwali, Delhi's air quality plunged to "very poor" category and was in the "severe" category in Mundka, one of the 14 pollution hotspots in the city, owning primarily to unfavourable wind speed.Twenty of the 37 air quality monitoring stations recorded pollution levels in the "very poor" category.
The high-level task force led by the principal secretary to the prime minister held a meeting on Thursday to analyse factors contributing to the deterioration of air quality in the last week of October, the situation in the run up to Diwali and till mid November. It also reviewed the measures being taken by various agencies to control dust emission in the Delhi-NCR region, a Delhi government official who attended the meeting said.
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