26 trains delayed, 11 cancelled due to fog
National   Wednesday, January 11, 2017 IST
26 trains delayed, 11 cancelled due to fog

26 trains delayed, 11 cancelled due to fog

New Delhi: At minimum 26 trains were running late and 11 wiped out because of thick haze in parts of north India on Wednesday morning, a railroad official said.

The status of the postponed and scratched off trains was last upgraded till 6 am on Wednesday.

As indicated by the Northern Railway official, seven trains were rescheduled.

The scratched off trains included Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express, New Delhi-Trivendrum Central Kerala Express, Visakhapatnam-New Delhi AP Express, New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Express.

The others scratched off were Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Chennai Central GT Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Hydrabad Deccan Dakshin Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Link Express,

A greater amount of those drop included New Delhi-Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Express, Delhi Junction-Sealdah West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express, Amritsar-New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-E-Punjab and Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi.

Bengaluru again got hit by the toxic foam
National   Wednesday, January 11, 2017 IST
Bengaluru again got hit by the toxic foam

Bengaluru again got hit by the toxic foam

Lakes frothing, catching hearth and risking the health of entire neighbourhoods: Bengaluru has seen of these and additional within the past decade as break-neck construction and poor urban coming up with clogged waterbodies, crammed them up with waste matter and pollutants. Here ar ten facts to understand regarding the city’s setting crisis.

1) the froth is virulent and reports say it's cancer. It causes respiration difficulties, irritation on the skin, besides spreading AN unendurable malodor. Whenever it rains, the lake overflows, spilling the froth onto roads, obstruction traffic.

2) A study at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, found that around ninetieth of the lakes in Bengaluru were affected as a result of the “sustained flow of untreated waste matter and industrial effluents”. within the notorious Bellandur Lake, as an example, receives five hundred million litres of untreated waste matter.

According to a report by the state State Pollution control panel, of the sixty seven lakes surveyed in Bengaluru, none had water that was suited drinking. native conservation professional S Vishwanath aforesaid that some industrial effluents ar harmful, “but it's domestic waste that we want to fret regarding as a result of it forms ninety to ninety five per cent of the waste that's drop in lakes.”


3) The indiscriminate discharge of unit waste and industrial effluents into lakes is what causes the toxicity, resulting in the water body foaming.


4) Another issue answerable is detergent: specialists say the omnipresence of laundry machines in urban India and indiscriminate use of detergent by households have move to show Bellandur Lake into a foamy disaster. Incidentally, around four-hundredth of one,800 households surveyed in japanese Bengaluru (where the water body is located) were found to be victimisation a minimum of 5 weight unit of detergent during a month.

5) Bengaluru’s lakes – regarding 600 massive and little ones – are the casualty of the city’s fast growth since 2001. in step with Census knowledge, the city’s population shot up from regarding vi.5 million to around nine.6 million between 2001 and 2011, a rise of around five hundredth. This created it India’s quickest growing town in this amount.

6) a pursuit paper titled ‘Impact of significant metal contamination of Bellandur Lake on soil and cultivated vegetation’ says: “The study reveals that waste matter is that the main supply of pollution of this water body and irrigation with sewage-contaminated water containing variable amounts of significant metals results in increase in concentration of metals within the soil and vegetation.”

7) Another paper, Rejuvenation of Bellandur lake, says: “There are adverse environmental and public health consequences. The area people complained regarding the water borne diseases, contaminated bore H2O (due to poor environmental conditions), etc. The committee is convinced of the issues baby-faced by the native biological entities (humans, livestock, etc.) of great water and soil contamination and resultant impacts within the organic phenomenon.”

8) housing complexes that have come back up within the past decade in Bengaluru ar lined up across the bund of the lake. Between 2001 and 2011, the city’s population inflated from vi.5 million to nine.6 million, the very best rate of growth of any town in India.

According to conservation professional S Vishwanath, no place may upset such a surge in population.

9) In 2015, foam from the lake spilled over on to roads and different areas encompassing the lake. At the time, authorities insisted that the froth was from the detergents households discharged into the stream. Last year in April, the froth on the lake had caused a holdup. additional recently, on May 7, the city’s Bellandur lake caught hearth. The ensuing thick air pollution enclosed the heavily-polluted lake, creating it tough for the passers-by to breathe.

10) The National inexperienced court has repeatedly criticised Bengaluru’s civic authorities for material possession the city’s water bodies become, in effect, toxic industrial waste dumps. The cytoplasm may realize equally maltreated lakes in multitudinous different cities in India. Multiple kinds of wetlands ar being lost attributable to urbanisation, changes in land use and pollution. What lakes have survived ar shrinking.

Rapid urbanisation in Old Delhi NCR, for example, is taking its toll. The growth of water-repellent surfaces like concrete roads and pavements is preventing the recharge of groundwater aquifers and obstruction the be due water channels to lakes.

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