Signature Bridge ‘bird’s eye’ project runs into hurdles
A view of the city from atop the Signature Bridge will have to wait longer owing to safety concerns. According to sources, the Delhi labor department has denied permission to the tourism department to operate the inclined elevator / lifts installed to take the tourists to the viewing gallery set up atop the pylon of the bridge.
The tourism department placed several merits of the project, on how we can improve it and operate the lifts for the public, before the labor department several times but permission has been denied citing public safety, “said a source.
As per officials associated with the project, four lifts have been installed at the foot of the bow-shaped pylon of the bridge. These four lifts are inclined – two of them are slanted at an angle of 60 degrees and two at 80 degrees. “The project is delayed from the government’s end because of these concerns. The government may have to do away with this project altogether, ”said a source from Delhi Tourism department.
Surge in pollution during 2nd wave lockdown: Study
A study on air pollution in Delhi during the second Covid wave and the consequent lockdown last year found an “unusual surge in PM10 and PM 2.5 levels” during the lockdown, when most activities were curtailed. Instances of high PM2.5 levels coincided with high mortality counts when cases surged 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 comprised Gufran Beig, founder project director, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research); KS Jayachandran, Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC); MP George, scientist, DPCC; Aditi Rathod, SB Sobhana and R Shinde, from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; V Jindal from the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi; SK Sahu from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.