The principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), Ishwar Singh, told The Indian Express that creation of a land bank would make the process of compensatory plantation simpler and quicker, as the DDA would not have to identify new land each time and companies or agencies could approach the forest department directly.
Air pollution in the national capital has been an issue of concern for quite some time as Delhi and its suburbs have ranked among the most polluted cities in the world frequently since 2014, when the WHO declared Delhi the most polluted city in the world.
The Delhi Jal Board does not have any specific technology to treat ammonia. The only solution it adapts is to reduce production at three water treatment plants — Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla — which are largely affected by the pollutant.
The hearing was held three months after it was initially planned on April 9, as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, according to a document prepared by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on the proceedings of the hearing.
The project, steered by the Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC), was launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in August last year to store overflowing water from the river in shallow reservoirs on the floodplains.
In a response to The Sunday Express, HCP Design, Planning and Management — the government’s consultant for the project — said it is working on a replantation strategy for trees which aims to, “in principle”, bring back the original design by Lutyens.
Analysis of data from the new stations presents a comprehensive status of noise pollution in the city for the first time as the five monitoring stations installed in Delhi in 2013 had become “inadequate,” as per the DPCC, following a rise in urban and industrial activities.
Many such migrant workers were at the Ajmeri Gate entrance of the station on Tuesday, waiting to catch a train to their homes, even as the process of unlocking the economy and the city enters its second phase from July 1.
According to the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Department in Gurgaon, Atmaram Godara, the locust swarm that passed through Gurgaon Saturday morning was around 5 kilometres wide and 8 kilometres in length.
Meanwhile, the Union Agriculture Ministry said ground control teams are constantly tracking swarms and will undertake major control operations once locusts settle down. The control operations are underway in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The concentration of the air pollutant began reducing from March 16 and continued dropping under the first phase of the nationwide lockdown imposed from March 25 to April 14 to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The closure of budget hotels in Delhi under the coronavirus lockdown has also put many of their associated businesses and staff out of work. Kunal Kanojiya (30) is the owner of a laundry service in Karol Bagh, which receives business from seven-eight hotels in the area.
"The Chinese are not the world, we can survive without them as well. We are all law abiding citizens and no one will take law in their hands, but this would make the Chinese worried... War and trade can not happen at the same time," Kandelwal said.
Around 10 protesting traders were briefly detained by police. Khandelwal (59), who had fought the 2008 assembly polls on a BJP ticket from Chandni Chowk, has a hardware and fittings shop in Karol Bagh. He claims he has not sold Chinese goods for four years.