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NGT turns down Delhi government plea on odd-even exemptions

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday turned down the Delhi government’s plea to exempt women drivers and two-wheelers from the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, saying there was “no logic” to the proposal.

The top green tribunal also asked the Delhi government to choose a spot in the city by 4 p.m. on Tuesday and sprinkle water from helicopter on the area to know the efficacy of the step in reducing air pollution.

Rapping the Delhi government for its plea, the tribunal asked why should exemption be given to two-wheelers when they are a major cause of pollution.

“On what basis are you asking exemption for two-wheelers,” NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

On Delhi government counsel Tarunvir Singh Khehar raising the issue of women’s security, the tribunal said: “Why don’t you run Women’s Special buses?”

The tribunal also rapped the Delhi government over “delay” in the procurement of 4,000 additional buses and noted that sprinkling of water on pollution hotspots was not being done properly.

“Why don’t you act upon those who are responsible for pollution. How many people have you penalised or challaned so far,” Justice Kumar asked.

Following the tribunal’s order, the Delhi government withdrew its petition.

The tribunal said the Delhi government could move a fresh petition before it on the traffic rationing scheme.

It said Delhi government could use helicopters, if necessary, to sprinkle water at a pollution hotspot in the city to know its efficacy.

“Choose one place in Delhi by 4 p.m. and sprinkle water and thereafter calculate the particle pollution to know how much difference does it make,” the tribunal said.

The tribunal also allowed the National Highways Authority of India to go ahead with construction of the Delhi-Meerut Highway at the eastern periphery of the city but said there should be no dust pollution.

The Delhi government had on Saturday decided to halt the odd-even traffic restriction scheme, which was scheduled to be implemented from November 13 to 17. It moved the NGT on Monday with a review petition seeking exemptions for two-wheelers and women.

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Delhi will be world’s most populous city by 2028, says UN report

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New Delhi, May 17 : The Indian capital will be the most populous city on the planet by 2028, says a new UN report.

Currently, Tokyo is the worlds most populated city, with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi (29 million), and Shanghai (26 million). Mexico City and Paulo, come next; each with around 22 million inhabitants.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) report projects that by 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts DESA.

Most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in just a handful of countries.

Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35 per cent of the projected growth of the worlds urban population between 2018 and 2050. It is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million, said DESA, announcing the findings on Wednesday.

The report also estimates that by 2030, the world could have 43 so-called megacities (up from 31 today, according to reports) – those with more than 10 million inhabitants – most of them in developing countries.

These swelling populations will place extra demands on both resources and services in urban areas, notes the report.

Many countries will face challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure; as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care, said DESA, urging governments adopt better integrated policies to improve the lives of both urban and rural dwellers.

At the same time, linkages between urban and rural areas will need to be strengthened, building on their existing economic, social and environmental ties, the report concludes.

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Tejaswi accuses Nitish of supporting BJP`s ‘bare corruption’ in Karnataka

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Patna, May 20 : Senior RJD leader and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav today fired a fresh salvo at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by accusing him of supporting BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism and bare corruption in Karnataka.

Reacting on his official Facebook account to target the chief minister, Mr. Kumar said, Self-proclaimed crusader of morality and a person of conscience is silent on BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism, act of snatching, mafiadom and open horse trading of MLAs in new India.

Carrying out his attack on BJP in the backdrop of latest political developments in Karnataka, Mr Yadav said, They are ready to feed but nobody is ready to eat, making an oblique reference to alleged attempt of horse trading in Karnataka.

Nitish is giving his full support to such bare corruption, he further remarks.

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Rain, thunderstorms likely in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 19: It was a partly cloudy morning here on Saturday and the weather office forecasts rains later, with warning of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds at isolated places in the city.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius, normal for the season.

“It was partly cloudy sky in the morning and rains or thundershowers are likely to occur towards the afternoon orevening,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 51 per cent.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 40.6 and the minimum temperature was recorded at 26.7 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

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