This November had the highest average minimum temperature, 15 degrees Celsius, in the last nine years, as per data from the IMD. The normal value is 12.9 degrees Celsius. The city, however, received lower than normal rainfall this time — 1.1 mm, as opposed to a normal of 5.6 mm.
Among the dogs recovered are a female golden retriever, a male golden retriever stud, two chihuahua puppies, a maltese puppy and a blue-eyed beagle. Police said they have been handed over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Police are looking for the rest of the animals.
A 2018 joint study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) found that dust and construction activities contributed 31% to PM10 levels and 15% to PM2.5 levels in Delhi during winters.
The water in the lake is recycled waste water treated through a constructed wetland method, said Ankit Srivastava, technical advisor to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) who is also involved with the I&FC project.
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Since the first week of November, the combined impact of a change in wind direction, dip in temperature and crop residue burning has plunged Delhi’s air quality to the ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ categories.
The official, on condition of anonymity, said a model other than the current approach of giving subsidies to farmers for stubble management machines and incentives for not burning crop residue may need to be considered.
According to the forecast issued by the Centre’s air quality monitoring system, SAFAR, wind, which till last week was blowing from the south/southeast direction, is now blowing from the northwesterly direction.
The state government maintains that farm fires in Punjab contribute barely over 15 per cent to Delhi’s pollution. But officials in Sangrur admit there are problems, including the slow switch to “expensive” mechanical alternatives to stubble burning.
Officials said use of such suppressants can control the suspension of dust in the air for around six hours, depending on the temperature, as compared to around one hour through sprinkling of water alone.
Several people The Indian Express spoke to at the event expressed concern over the poor air quality in Delhi-NCR during winters, which often deteriorates after Diwali due to bursting of firecrackers, among other factors.
As the show ended, the crowd erupted into applause and praises. “We feel really proud seeing them on the stage. We were thinking just now that we would like to be up there too,” said Suriya (35), who runs a boutique in the area.