Two truckloads of trash collected from Karave creek
The Karave creek in Nerul, which is a popular sight for watching flamingos and other migratory birds, was cleaned on Wednesday. The move was initiated by students and locals who collected two trucks of garbage from the area.
Karave creek, which is home to around 80 species of migratory and resident birds including flamingos, shares its boundary with plush housing societies of Nerul.
“As flamingos are seen in large numbers at Karave creek, many bird enthusiasts and photographers visit the creek during this time. However, as a lot of garbage had piled up at the creek, we decided to clean up the area,” said Manohar Patil, 49, a resident of Karave village.
The cleaning drive saw participation from around 300 people.
“We collected trash in bags and asked the civic body to dispose them,” said Akash Verma, a first-year engineering student, who volunteered at the drive.
Villagers and volunteers are considering to regularise the cleaning drives to ensure the habitat of birds remains safe.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.
A flight from Mumbai was cancelled and 19 others were delayed at the Chandigarh International Airport due to inclement weather on Wednesday. Go First flight G8-2506, was unable to take off due to heavy downpour in Mumbai. While 11 flights arrived late, eight departed late. Two Alliance Air flights from Himachal Pradesh were delayed by over an hour due to heavy rainfall in the hill state.
With showers lashing Panchkula on Wednesday, many sectors were flooded with rainwater and cars were seen ploughing through knee-deep water in several areas. Despite the meteorological department's timely warning regarding the arrival of monsoon, the civic body failed to resolve the recurring waterlogging issue, which has been plaguing residents for decades. Just after a few hours of downpour, waterlogging was observed several areas, with Sector 19, the last sector bordering Punjab, the worst affected.
Congress's UT unit on Wednesday organised a protest against the hike in liquefied petroleum gas price by the Union government. Protesters commenced a march from Congress Bhawan in Sector 35 towards the Bharatiya Janata Party office in Sector 33, but were stopped by police, who put up heavy barricades just as the march began. 75% emerging diseases zoonotic: Mohali civil surgeon Mohali Government health institutions across the district observed World Zoonosis Day on Wednesday.
Additional director general of police (ADGP), community affairs division and crime against women, Gurpreet Deo on Wednesday directed the local police to speed up investigation into cases of sexual assault on minors and told them to file chargesheets in such cases within two months after cases are registered.