Delhi on course for chilly new year, records 4.2°C on Tuesday morning
Delhi is on course for a chilly new year. On Tuesday, a day before 2020 begins, the minimum temperature recorded in the capital was 4.2 degrees Celsius at 5:30 am, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
On Monday, Delhi experienced the coldest day ever recorded since 1901, with the maximum temperature at Safdarjung plummeting to 9.4 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature at the observatory was recorded 2.6 degree Celsius.
Scientists at IMD said that the severe cold conditions are likely to continue on Tuesday. The primary reason behind the fall in temperature was the change in and direction from north westerly to easterly on Sunday afternoon.
“The winds are now blowing from Uttar Pradesh, which is also experiencing severe cold conditions,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre.
Meanwhile, the increased wind speed on Monday evening improved the city’s air quality marginally. From 446, the air quality index (AQI) went up to 404 at 7 am on Tuesday, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recording.
The factors responsible for such a cold December are a “very long spell” of icy winds and a layer of fog lingering over vast swathes of the northern plains for 10-12 days, the experts said.
As the frigid air tightened its grip, a blanket of thick fog reduced the visibility to near zero at many places on Monday, disrupting train and flight operations.
The IMD said the national capital witnessed the season’s worst “dense fog” with “visibility of 0-200 metres for a very prolonged period from 0230 to 1200 hours”. Thereafter shallow to moderate fog covered the city.
Around 530 flights got delayed, 40 cancelled and 21 diverted.
A day after the tricity's daily Covid-19 cases dropped below 10 after 26 days, they shot up to 20 on Tuesday. On Monday, six people had tested positive in the tricity - three in Mohali, two in Panchkula and one in Chandigarh. But on Tuesday, the number rose to eight in Chandigarh, seven in Mohali and five in Panchkula. Those found infected in the UT are residents of Sectors 10, 11, 14 and 15.
UT adviser Dharam Pal on Tuesday chaired the second state-level Narco Coordination Center meeting, which was convened by Narcotics Control Bureau, deputy director general, Gyaneshwar Singh. At the meeting, it was decided that a dedicated Anti-Narcotic Task Force will be set up in Chandigarh, to be headed by an inspector general-rank officer. To be managed by the cyber cell of the UT Police, the project will also rope in college students and volunteers.
An auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested for raping a 15-year-old girl in the forest area in Sector 50 in broad daylight on Sunday. Police said the accused, Pawan, 31, a resident of EWS Colony, Sector 49, is married and has three children. She was taken to the Sector 49 police station and a case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
With the UT administration favouring a single, city-level plant to process different types of solid wastes – dry, wet and horticulture, the municipal corporation is rethinking its plan for a dedicated horticulture waste processing plant. Chandigarh generates around 8 tonnes of horticultural waste per day, but it goes up to 80 tonnes per day during spring and autumn, when trees shed leaves.
A speeding car left a scooterist dead near the Sector 25 market on National Highway 73 in Panchkula on Tuesday morning. Sukhpal was riding his scooter on National Highway 73 around 6.30 am, when a red Maruti Suzuki Zen car hit him from behind. The car driver took Sukhpal for treatment to Ojas Hospital in Sector 26 and then fled from there. Meanwhile, an eyewitness identified the car, which was impounded by the police.