According to IMD, the temperature will gradually go down from Wednesday and the city could get some relief from Thursday. The IMD said temperature spikes can be expected during as winter transitions to summer.
The birds will be tagged with GSM-based (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPS-based (Global Positioning System) tracking devices that will map details such as altitude, location, trajectory and speed.
Local activists and fishermen’s forum had earlier complained to the committee against hacking of mangroves for the expansion of JNPT’s 4th Container Terminal. Last week, fishermen in Navi Mumbai had also filed a petition before the Bombay High Court opposing the environmental clearances given to JNPT to expand its container facilities.
The department, in its notice issued on January 31, has also sought to know why action should not be initiated under the Environment Protection Act 1986 against it. The developer has been given 15 days to reply, failing which, legal action would be initiated and construction activity stopped.
The reasons for this sharp drop, said officials, are one, the amended 2017 Wetland rules that do not incorporate wetlands in CRZ and de-recognised salt pans as wetlands; two, wrong mapping in 2010 which did not stand up to the scrutiny of “ground proofing”; and three, encroachments that have swallowed some wetlands.
According to the MPCB, 40 CAAQMS will be installed in the first phase, followed by next 40 in the second phase by the end of 2020. The MPCB is also planning to increase manual monitoring stations to 126.