Meanwhile, heatwave conditions remain in the forecast for Delhi on Monday, with the maximum temperature around 41 degrees Celsius. Forecasts also show that the maximum temperature could drop slightly to 39 degrees on April 13 and 14, before rising to around 41 degrees on April 17.
Signature Bridge ‘as the crow flies’ project hits hurdles
A view of the city from the top of the Signature Bridge will have to wait longer due to security concerns. According to sources, Delhi’s labor department has refused permission for the tourism department to operate the inclined lifts installed to take tourists to the viewing gallery installed at the top of the bridge’s pylon.
“The tourism department gave several merits to the project, on how we can improve it and operate the elevators for the public, before the labor department on several occasions, but permission was denied citing security public,” a source said.
According to officials associated with the project, four elevators have been installed at the foot of the bridge’s arc-shaped pylon. These four elevators are inclined – two of them are inclined at an angle of 60 degrees and two at 80 degrees. “The project has been delayed since the end of the government due to these concerns. The government may have to scrap this project altogether,” a source from the Delhi tourism department said.
Increase in pollution during the confinement of the 2nd wave: study
A study of air pollution in Delhi during the second wave of Covid and the subsequent lockdown last year found an “unusual increase in PM10 and PM 2.5 levels” during the lockdown, when most activities have been reduced. Cases of high PM2.5 levels coincided with high death rates when cases rose in the city, noted the study, which was recently published in ‘Chemosphere,’ an international journal that publishes work on chemicals in the environment.
The team that conducted the study included Gufran Beig, Founding Project Director, SAFAR (Air Quality and Weather Research and Prediction System); KS Jayachandran, Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC); MP George, Scientist, DPCC; Aditi Rathod, SB Sobhana and R Shinde, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; V Jindal of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi; SK Sahu from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.