As the capital chokes in a toxic haze that was described by the Supreme Court on Monday as “worse than the Emergency”, and politicians across parties blame each other, experts point out that the 2009 Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act changed the “timing of the burning”.
The locals urge that the Home Ministry’s order to open up Khangchendzonga and 23 other peaks in Sikkim 'to foreigners desirous of mountaineering and trekking' should be seen from the perspective of the special bond that they share with this peak.
In little over a century, the city’s population has increased from 2.3 lakh to an estimated 1.9 crore. Groundwater is disappearing at the rate of 10 centimetres and waterways and canals have been replaced with roads.
When the first drainage master plan was charted out in 1976 for the city with a population of 60 lakh, it had found 201 natural drains. By 2018-19 of these had disappeared while the rest had become sewers.
Prabhu Dandwani, a resident of Delhi’s ‘madrasi colony’, survived a dangerous journey to Australia with his family, only to be deported back a few months later. He thanks his stars he missed on round 2, but his relatives were not so lucky.