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Rain Brings Relief to Dehradun City and Other News

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Rain brings relief to city as temperature falls by 11 degree Celsius

‘Ganga Diwas’ to celebrate river’s glory

Submit factual report on Naini Lake, Nainital: NGT

Kedarnath under 10ft snow cover, expert team to assess damage

At 57.85%, voting percentage dips in Uttarakhand

78.56 L voters to decide fate of 52 candidates in Uttarakhand

Rain brings relief to city as temperature falls by 11 degree Celsius

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Rain and thunder lashed Dehradun on Tuesday causing the temperatures to fall by several notches. After recording season’s highest temperature at 37 degrees Celsius in Dehradun on Monday, the state capital recorded 25.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, a fall of 11 degrees Celsius.

The current spell of rain is likely to continue with the regional meteorological centre predicting hail and squall with wind speed reaching up to 60 to 80 kmph hitting at isolated places, especially in the plains, in Uttarakhand on Wednesday. “Under the influence of a western disturbance, the weather has changed across the state. Rain activity has been recorded at several places in Uttarakhand, including Dehradun, on Tuesday, “said Bikram Singh, director of the regional meteorological centre.

In the past week, Uttarakhand has recorded soaring mercury with both hills and plains recording above normal temperatures. The mercury had also crossed 26 degrees Celsius mark in Nainital on Monday.

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‘Ganga Diwas’ to celebrate river’s glory

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On the lines of Himalaya Diwas, India will now mark ‘Ganga Diwas’ to celebrate the river’s contribution to the nation. This was announced by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, director general of the Namami Gange project.

Mishra was at Doon-based NGO, HESCO (Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation) on Monday, where he was briefed about the work done by the organization in more than 100 villages near the Ganga by HESCO founder Anil Joshi. Later, Mishra said, “Water is a global issue today and also our most important resource. We have to spread awareness among people about its significance. For this purpose, Ganga is the best example. We are lucky to have such a huge water resource in our country. Hence, the central government is planning to celebrate Ganga Diwas on the lines of Himalaya Diwas every year.”

Mishra also chaired a meeting of the monitoring committee of Namami Gange. Providing details, the programme director of Namami Gange in Uttarakhand, Uday Raj Singh, said that, “In the monitoring committee meeting, the DG was apprised that out of all the 18 projects given to our state, eight has been completed while the remaining are under progress.

Also, the Survey of India (SoI) will provide GIS-ready database of the river for effective implementation of the Namami Gange project.”

Mishra also met senior officials of SoI, after which it was decided that the institute will help the Namami Gange team geo-tag its various structures between Gaumukh to Ganga Sagar. SoI will also produce a map of Ganga River from Gaumukh to Gangasagar, detailing all the biodiversity and various other aspects.

Meanwhile, Wildlife Institute of India WII) has been assigned the task of reviewing the status of Yamuna river, along with Ganga river, over a period of 5 years starting from August. WII sources said that an amount of Rs 113 crore has been sanctioned for the project. For the study of Ganga River, WII was earlier given Rs 25 crore.

Providing details, VB Mathur, director of WII, said, “After recording all our work on Ganga in the past, the government has now given us the responsibility of river Yamuna as well. We will be studying its status from its origin to states like Delhi and Haryana, where the situation of the river is worrisome.”



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Submit factual report on Naini Lake, Nainital: NGT

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In yet another effort to preserve the ecological integrity of Naini lake and Nainital town, NGT on Friday diriected local authorities to submit a factual and ‘action taken’ report within two months on the deteriorating water body, and the town concerning landslides, water scarcity and breach of carrying capacity.

The order by a bench of chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and an expert member Nagin Nanda stated, “Before we consider the matter further, we find it necessary to obtain a factual and action taken report from a joint committee comprising the representatives of the Uttarakhand State Pollution Control Board, district magistrate, Nainital and secretary, urban development which may be furnished within two months by email at ngt.filing@gmail.com. The nodal agency for compliance and coordination will be the district magistrate, Nainital.

The matter will come up for its next hearing on July 23. Vishal Singh, executive director, CEDAR, a Dehradun-based NGO, said, “Despite scientific evidence and citizens’ concern, this matter has been neglected by the authorities. Reaching out to NGT was the only option left for petitioners. Several earlier efforts have resulted in fake promises. We felt cheated. However, we are hopeful that the NGT will strictly monitor the case and direct the authorities to take timely action. “ The petition was filed by an NGO working for green causes. The petition stated that Naini Lake’s recharge zones, expecially Sukhatal, which is the major recharge zone, have been encroached due to rampant illegal construction activities in Nainital town in the past three decades.

The case is being represented by Akash Vashistha, advocate and counsel for petitioners and argued by senior advocate, Rajiv Dutta.

The petition added that it is posing a serious threat to the existence of the hill station and its lake. Sharad Tiwari, the petitioner said, “We have apprised the tribunal on the deteriorating situation of Nainital town and Naini Lake. I hope we will, with the help of the tribunal be able to contribute in betterment of the town and its water bodies.”

The petition mentioned a news report published in The Times of India on 8 May 2018, which stated that the water level of the Naini Lake, which had dropped to zero, in the beginning of May (2018) should have been 5.7 feet above the zero mark in “ideal conditions”, as per experts.



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Kedarnath under 10ft snow cover, expert team to assess damage

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A 60 member team of experts has been formed to assess damage near Kedarnath shrine where heavy snow this season has thrown life out of gear. At least nine huts belonging to the temple committee have suffered severe damage from the snow while power lines have also been snapped.

The authorities will need to take prompt action since the portals of the shrine are to open on 9 May 2019. Chief executive officer of Badri Kedarnath Temples Commmittee, B D Singh said that, “9 huts have come under snow and suffered damage. Some connecting bridges to Kedarnath are also damaged.”

Local residents said that the entire area was under 10 feet snow. Temple priests said that the last time they saw so much snow it was in 2014. Director of meteorological department, Bikram Singh, said that the state had seen “excess winter activity this year”.

“Under regular circumstances, 73.3mm rainfall is recorded in February but this year it was recorded at 140.9mm,” Sing said. B S Rautha from the disaster control room in Rudraprayag said that workers were continuously clearing snow from the Lincholi Ghodapadav route. Rudraprayag DM Mangesh Ghildiyal said that a team of 60 people would visit the shrine on April 14 to take stock of the situation.



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At 57.85%, voting percentage dips in Uttarakhand

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At least 57.85% of Uttarakhand’s 78.56 lakh voters cast their votes as all five constituencies in the hill state went to polls on Thursday in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Even though final figures are still to be tabulated, officials said that it seemed unlikely that the number would exceed the polling percentage of 61.67% recorded in 2014. “The polling was peaceful and fair. The polling percentage was recorded at 57.85% by 5pm,” said chief electoral officer Saujanya Jawalkar.

Nainital and Haridwar seats recorded 66.39% and 66.24% voting respectively. The lowest turnout of 48.78% was recorded in Almora seat, while Pauri recorded 49.89% polling and Tehri 54.38%.

Out of the total 11,229 polling booths, nearly 697 polling booths were declared as ‘vulnerable’ and 656 as ‘critical’. Most of the vulnerable and critical booths were in the plains districts such as Udham Singh Nagar, Haridwar and Dehradun.



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78.56 L voters to decide fate of 52 candidates in Uttarakhand

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Election Commission on Wednesday completed all formalities for successful conduct of polls in Uttarakhand. A total of 78.56 lakh voters will decide the fate of 52 candidates who are in the fray for the 5 Lok Sabha seats of the hill state.

Sharing information on the preparations, chief electoral officer (CEO), Uttarakhand, Saujanya Jawalkar said, “To ensure smooth conduct of polls, 67,380 government employees have been deployed. Besides45, 696 security personnel comprising of police, para-military, homeguard and Prantiya Raksha Dal have been deputed for poll duty.”

Out of the 78.56 lakh voters, 40.53 lakh are men, and 37.11 lakh are women. Besides, there are 90,845 service voters. The age-wise breakup shows 1.23 lakh voters aged 18-19 years, 18.92 lakh in 20-29 age group, 21.14 lakh in 30-39 age group, 14.84 lakh in 40-49 age group, 10.10 lakh in 50-59 age group, 6.62 lakh in 60-69 age group, 3.46 lakh in 70-79 age group and 1.25 lakh in 80 year plus age bracket. Giving details of polling booths, Jawalkar said that there are a total of 11,235 polling booths.

“Of the total number, 9,149 polling booths are at a distance of 0 to 1 km, 1,285 booths are of 1 to 3 km pedestrian distance, 481 are 3 to 5 km, 281 are in range of 5 to 10 km, 22 in 10 to 15 km distance and 11 in 15 to 20 km pedestrian distance.”

Jawalkar said that there are a total of 38,183 people with disabilities (PWD) for whom 9,928 volunteers have been appointed. The election commission has also made an arrangement of 2,746 wheel charis, dolis and walkers for them and 232 vehicles have also been arranged.

Against the requirement of 11.229 VVPAT machines, the state has 17,203 machines, the CEO said.

She added that 92% polling booths have ramp facilities, 99% have drinking water, 97% have electricity, 96% have furniture, 97% have waiting room and 99% have toilets.

Talking about security details, IB Law and Order Deepam Seth said, “There are 10 international and 85 state barriers. Police and para military forces have been deployed on these locations to keep an eye on the movement of vehicles and people. The total force deployed comprises 16,000 police personnel, 17,596 homeguards, 6,500 para military forces, 4,100 PRD jawans and 1,500 forest department personnel.”



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