A view of smog and pollution at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A view of smog and pollution at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Civic bodies halt outdoor fogging due to pollution, residents unhappy

The national capital has been breathing toxic air since (October 10) when AQI plunged to poor zone for the first time after at least two months of relatively good air.
By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 11:37 PM IST

The choking pollution this season has prompted municipal corporations in the city to halt outdoor fogging to kill adult mosquitoes and control the population of the vectors spreading diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and malaria in the city.

The national capital has been breathing toxic air since (October 10) when AQI plunged to poor zone for the first time after at least two months of relatively good air. The pollution levels soared in November when it saw two peak pollution episodes. On November 3, Delhi saw its worst air day since 2016 when the AQI reached 494 in the severe category.

The absence of fogging, however, has left residents unhappy with many complaining that the number of mosquitoes having gone up, despite the breeding season being over.

“I see more of them (mosquitoes) in the houses now, particularly at night,” said Mukund Rawat, a resident of Model Town.

Ajay Shikhawat, who resides in Mahipalpur, added, “A small boy in our colony had fever recently. His parents were suspecting dengue, though he tested negative for it. The municipalities must not stop fogging,” said.

Delhi has so far recorded 1,644 cases of dengue this year till November 23, which is fewer than the 2,406 cases recorded in the same period in 2018, and 4,556 in 2017. The Delhi government had launched a 10-week drive in September to create awareness and to urge people to scrub out vessels containing stagnant water to prevent breeding.

“We stopped fogging at the end of October as the diesel fumes are hazardous for people’s health. Besides, the demand for fogging has come down with winter approaching and the cold weather making it difficult for mosquitoes to survive or the dengue virus to proliferate,” said Dr BK Hazarika, medical health officer, SDMC.

“We are not doing the kind of extensive fogging as we were from July to September. It is only being carried out on special request from councilors (elected political leaders in the civic bodies),” said Dr Pramod Verma, deputy health officer of the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Experts, however, said that outdoor fogging is unnecessary as it does not have much impact on the mosquito population.

“It does not have much impact on the mosquito population, as the chemicals get dispersed in the atmosphere and the mosquitoes can stay hidden indoors. Spraying of insecticide is more effective when it is done indoors and that too in areas from where cases are being reported. Outdoor fogging is just done for psychological satisfaction,” said Dr Rajni Kant, an expert on vector-borne diseases and the director of the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) under the Indian Council of Medical Research in Gorakhpur.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya breeds in clean water, usually within homes.

“Outdoor fogging is nothing but pollution. It increases the particulate matter in the environment significantly and doesn’t do much to reduce the mosquito population. It is also very bad for people who are living with chronic respiratory conditions as they start getting symptoms when exposed to the chemicals. The chemicals can also cause irritation in the upper respiratory tract and can lead to nausea, vomiting, and headaches,” said Dr. Jugal Kishore, head of the department of community medicine at Safdarjung hospital.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Heavy security deployment at Terminal 3 of IGI airport in New Delhi (HT File Photo)
Heavy security deployment at Terminal 3 of IGI airport in New Delhi (HT File Photo)

19 passengers caught with ammunition at IGI airport this year: Police

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:49 PM IST
A senior police official said all such passengers face criminal proceedings under the Arms Act, adding that it was a 'matter of concern' that despite warnings passengers carry ammunition, knowingly or unknowingly, with them.
Close
Thermal guns are being used to measure temperature of each voter and masks and sanitiser bottles being provided at polling stations, an official said.(PTI)
Thermal guns are being used to measure temperature of each voter and masks and sanitiser bottles being provided at polling stations, an official said.(PTI)

MCD bypolls: Amid Covid-19 protocols 20.38% voters turnout in first four hours

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:33 PM IST
By 11:30am, the overall turnout across the five wards was 20.38 per cent, with Kalyanpur ward recording the maximum 25.69 per cent, a senior official of the State Election Commission in Delhi said.
Close
The RSS worker was stabbed to death during the clashes with SDPI. Six others were also injured in Kerala's Alappuzha district. (HT Archive/For Representational Purposes Only)
The RSS worker was stabbed to death during the clashes with SDPI. Six others were also injured in Kerala's Alappuzha district. (HT Archive/For Representational Purposes Only)

10 police teams to probe woman death stabbed for resisting snatching

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:04 PM IST
A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital.
Close
A man receives Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi, India.(REUTERS)
A man receives Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi, India.(REUTERS)

Average 200 daily new Covid-19 cases in Delhi amid spike in Maharashtra, Kerala

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 10:01 AM IST
In the last six days, Delhi recorded more than 200 new infections for four straight days, between February 24-27. The number of daily deaths, though, has been less than five on five out of six days, with no fatality on Feb 25.
Close
People outside a polling booth in Delhi's Trilokpuri on Sunday. (ANI Photo )
People outside a polling booth in Delhi's Trilokpuri on Sunday. (ANI Photo )

Delhi municipal by-polls: Voting underway at 5 MCD wards

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 09:27 AM IST
Four of the five wards fell vacant after their incumbent councillors were elected as the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) legislators in the assembly polls whereas the by-election in Shalimar Bagh was necessitated after the death of councillor Renu Jaju.
Close
Delhi’s maximum temperature didn’t touch 30 degree C in 2020, 2019, 2015, 2014 and 2013 in February.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Delhi’s maximum temperature didn’t touch 30 degree C in 2020, 2019, 2015, 2014 and 2013 in February.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Weather experts weigh in on why spring gave Delhi a miss

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 04:53 AM IST
Since Monday (till Saturday), maximum temperatures in Delhi have read: 28.9; 31.5; 32.5; 33.2; 33; and 31.7 degrees C. The situation is similar in most cities in the northern plains. Mumbai’s maximum temperature over the same period has ranged between 33.9 and 36.1 degrees C.
Close
The university awarded 670 doctoral degrees, 44 super-specialty DM/M.Ch course degrees, 156 medals and 36 prizes in multidisciplinary fields.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo. Representative image)
The university awarded 670 doctoral degrees, 44 super-specialty DM/M.Ch course degrees, 156 medals and 36 prizes in multidisciplinary fields.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo. Representative image)

DU awards over 178,000 degrees at mixed format convocation

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 04:18 AM IST
Addressing the ceremony, Delhi University acting vice-chancellor (V-C) PC Joshi said, “It is not just the first in the history of DU but also across the country that nearly 180,000 students received their degrees digitally.”
Close
Police registered a case at the Gulabi Bagh police station and are probing the cause of the fire.(Karn Singh/ HT file photo. Representative image)
Police registered a case at the Gulabi Bagh police station and are probing the cause of the fire.(Karn Singh/ HT file photo. Representative image)

Man killed in fire at factory in Delhi's Pratap Nagar

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:59 AM IST
The factory was located in the first floor of a three-storey building. The blaze, fire officers said, was reported at around 3.45am after a person in the area heard an explosion.
Close
The first phase of voting for the three-phased elections to the decentralised tiers of local bodies at the village, block and district levels in Kerala will be conducted by the Kerala State Election Commission on Tuesday.(PTI/ File photo)
The first phase of voting for the three-phased elections to the decentralised tiers of local bodies at the village, block and district levels in Kerala will be conducted by the Kerala State Election Commission on Tuesday.(PTI/ File photo)

Bypolls in 5 MCD wards today

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:56 AM IST
Polling will start at 7.30am and end at 5.30pm, and the results will be declared on March 3. The Aam Aadmi Party won four of these five wards in the 2017 MCD elections, which saw the Bharatiya Janata Party retain all the three civic bodies in the city.
Close
A frontline worker receives the dose of Covaxin vaccine, at a hospital in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
A frontline worker receives the dose of Covaxin vaccine, at a hospital in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Delhi adds 243 new Covid-19 cases, three more deaths

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:42 AM IST
The city’s average positivity has increased to 0.32% over the last seven days, in comparison to 0.25% the week before and 0.21% the week before that. Although the increase is minor, experts worry it may be indicative of an increase in virus transmission in Delhi.
Close
A senior official in Delhi’s revenue department said around 14,000 passengers arrived at the Delhi airport between November 25 and December 21 — of whom around 1,500 are Delhi residents.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A senior official in Delhi’s revenue department said around 14,000 passengers arrived at the Delhi airport between November 25 and December 21 — of whom around 1,500 are Delhi residents.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Flyers up 25% at General aviation terminal: DIAL

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:35 AM IST
The General Aviation facility supports passengers on chartered flights or private jets from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Close
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(ANI file photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(ANI file photo)

Delhi CM Kejriwal says city law, order in turmoil; Police disagree

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:26 AM IST
“Deeply concerned by the murder of a 8-yr-old girl in Khichripur & attack on a 17-yr-old boy in Kalkaji. Delhi’’s law and order situation is in a serious turmoil, I appeal to Hon’’ble Home Minister & Lt. Gov (Lieutenant Governor) to take appropriate action to address the situation,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Close
Police said a case of attempt to murder, stalking and sexual harassment was registered at the Kalkaji police station against the five suspects.(HT Archives. Representative image)
Police said a case of attempt to murder, stalking and sexual harassment was registered at the Kalkaji police station against the five suspects.(HT Archives. Representative image)

17-year-old critical after being stabbed by 5 in Delhi's Kalkaji

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 03:02 AM IST
The boy is currently undergoing treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Centre and the family said his condition is critical. The sister has also alleged that the police who reached the spot shouted at her and questioned her claims when she tried to tell them of what had transpired.
Close
Officials said that Covid-19 patients can vote during the last hour of polling following laid down guidelines.(PTI)
Officials said that Covid-19 patients can vote during the last hour of polling following laid down guidelines.(PTI)

Delhi gears up for bypolls in five municipal wards on Sunday

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:07 PM IST
The bypolls are being seen as the semifinal ahead of the civic body elections for 272 wards of three municipal corporations in early 2022.
Close
The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)
The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)

Delhi reports 243 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths; active caseload sees slight jump

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:59 PM IST
Active cases jumped from the 1,231 cases reported on Friday to 1,307 cases on Saturday.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP