first_imgMotorists travelling through the Oldtown Road area of Letterkenny will face 11 more weeks of disruption due to sewerage replacement works.While the traffic lights remain in operation at the Old Dunnes Stores roundabout, it has been revealed that the estimated completion date of works in the area is 16th November 2019.Motorists will be getting a break from traffic tailbacks for the busy Christmas period. To reduce disruption during this time, the contractor will be required to stop operations at Oldtown by 18th November 2019 until 19th January 2020. Traffic flow will return to normal on the R250 during this time. The details of the works were issued following a request by local Councillor Gerry McMonagle.Irish Water said that the works on Pearse Road are now complete and are moving through Oldtown Road towards Lower Main Street.The contractor will then move the operations to Crieve Road (Rockhill) on 18th November. The remaining works on Ballymacool Road / Convent Road will follow afterwards, with an estimated completion date of April 2020.Meanwhile, the Irish Water works are continuing in Glencar, Letterkenny. The 24 hour road closure finished at Glencar last Friday and a two way/traffic light arrangement is in place for works to be finished this week. The contractor will then move to the top of New Line Road to complete works towards the Willowbrook Estate using a traffic lights system.Christmas reprieve for motorists as Oldtown roadworks continue until mid-November was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category in the early hours of Friday.According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category. AQI readings Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category. In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said: “The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the ‘severe plus level’. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children.” He added that construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning. Mr. Lal said the deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions. He added that the India Meteorological Department has said that the weather will improve in the coming days, but it is difficult to say if it would lead to any substantial reduction in pollution levels. An urgent meeting of the CPCB was also convened during which it was discussed that stubble burning contribution to pollution has gone up to 45%, resulting in the current high particulate matter concentration. The agency advised people to minimise their outdoor activities during the period. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems post-Deepavali. Arvind Aggarwal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: “We have witnessed a rise in the number of people reporting to hospitals with respiratory and eye problems. An increase of 20%-22% patients has been seen in the OPD. People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness. We recommend asthmatic patients, elderly and kids should stay at home.”last_img read more