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A view from Rajpath on a hazy morning, near India Gate in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

News updates in HT: CSE study shows 8 out 10 most polluted cities in NCR, UP

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:02 AM IST
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“Wind speed during day time is around 10kmph, but they are mostly calm during the evening. This is why we are not seeing any improvement in air quality. We are unlikely to record any significant improvement in the coming days either,” said VK Soni, scientist at IMD’s air quality division.(PTI)
“Wind speed during day time is around 10kmph, but they are mostly calm during the evening. This is why we are not seeing any improvement in air quality. We are unlikely to record any significant improvement in the coming days either,” said VK Soni, scientist at IMD’s air quality division.(PTI)

‘Poor’ air in Delhi; IMD says mercury to hit 30°C again this week

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 03:10 AM IST
On Monday the maximum temperature was 28.9°C, four degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature was 11°C, which is the normal mercury level for this time of year.
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People at India Gate lawns, amid hazy weather conditions, in New Delhi. Pollution level in the national capital remains in the 'severe category.(PTI)
People at India Gate lawns, amid hazy weather conditions, in New Delhi. Pollution level in the national capital remains in the 'severe category.(PTI)

Govt forms seven-member expert group to draw up long-term pollution action plan

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 03:47 AM IST
“An action plan will be prepared, after discussing the suggestions received at the round table conference with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal,” the environment minister said.
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People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters)
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters)

News updates from HT: Key Delhi borders remain closed due to farmers' protests

PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 08:51 AM IST
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(HT file)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(HT file)

Delhi govt to collaborate with IITs, TERI for monitoring of pollution sources

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Delhi govt to collaborate with IITs, TERI for real-time monitoring of pollution sources
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A senior official of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said the team of scientists, headed by professor Mukesh Sharma, civil engineering department, IIT-Kanpur, has given a presentation on the technology.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
A senior official of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said the team of scientists, headed by professor Mukesh Sharma, civil engineering department, IIT-Kanpur, has given a presentation on the technology.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Govt to monitor pollution sources in real time: Delhi CM Kejriwal

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:23 AM IST
Kejriwal said, “IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and Teri have developed technology for real-time source apportionment of pollution. Had a meeting with their experts. If we know source of pollution on real-time basis, it will help us take immediate action (sic).”
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A woman out on a foggy winter morning at Kirti Nagar in New Delhi on January 12. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
A woman out on a foggy winter morning at Kirti Nagar in New Delhi on January 12. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

How commuters are exposed to pollution

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:48 AM IST
The study revealed that people who travelled in the open air - those who took autorickshaws and pedestrians - were the most exposed to pollution.
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The assessment of the water quality in April as compared to the pre-lockdown period in March showed improvement at Palla, where the river enters Delhi. (PTI File)
The assessment of the water quality in April as compared to the pre-lockdown period in March showed improvement at Palla, where the river enters Delhi. (PTI File)

Govt says lockdown led to improvement in river Yamuna's water quality

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:34 PM IST
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) carried out water quality tests at three locations -- Palla, Nizamuddin bridge and Okhla -- in April last year.
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the "Switch Delhi" campaign aimed at decreasing pollution. (HT_PRINT)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the "Switch Delhi" campaign aimed at decreasing pollution. (HT_PRINT)

Kejriwal launches 'Switch Delhi' campaign to fight air pollution

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 04:22 PM IST
Delhi government has rolled out incentives on the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) among all the states.
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As many as 1,644 industrial units, spread across 50 industrial areas, had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). (Representative image)(Stock Image: Pexels)
As many as 1,644 industrial units, spread across 50 industrial areas, had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). (Representative image)(Stock Image: Pexels)

All industrial units in Delhi operating on cleaner fuels: DPCC

PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:09 PM IST
The Commission had earlier asked the DPCC to identify the industries using unapproved fuels and take stringent penal action in case of non-compliance.
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This was stated by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) in an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court.(AP)
This was stated by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) in an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court.(AP)

States will file regular reports on polluting vehicles: Centre to SC

By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 04:43 AM IST
The reports should be submitted every two months to the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas, the body set up by the Union government.
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Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Plastic burning main cause behind reduced visibility in Delhi: IIT Madras study

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:03 PM IST
Many studies in the past have identified particulate matter or aerosol particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometre (PM2.5) as a major pollutant, responsible for haze and fog formation over Indo-Gangetic plain, including Delhi.
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A motorcycle cuts through the dense fog near Pusa Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A motorcycle cuts through the dense fog near Pusa Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi air ‘severe’ for the sixth time in 19 days

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:12 AM IST
VK Soni, head of IMD’s environment monitoring and research centre, said after the fog layer lifted, wind speed picked up and dispersion of pollutants started. The impact of this ventilation would be seen on Wednesday, when the average AQI is expected to climb down to the ”very poor” zone.
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The Delhi government has also introduced a similar concept in 2015, calling it ‘car free day’ where in some roads of the city private vehicles were not allowed to ply for selected days.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The Delhi government has also introduced a similar concept in 2015, calling it ‘car free day’ where in some roads of the city private vehicles were not allowed to ply for selected days.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘No Car Sunday’ organised in Connaught Place

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:00 AM IST
The campaign called, ‘No Car Sunday’, which was first started by a group of teenage environment activists as a local initiative to discourage neighbours from using their cars for one day of the week to help reduce vehicular emissions in the national capital.
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Central Pollution Control Board recordings show that the overall air quality index of Delhi on Saturday was 407, in the ‘severe’ zone, as against the 460 recorded on Friday(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)
Central Pollution Control Board recordings show that the overall air quality index of Delhi on Saturday was 407, in the ‘severe’ zone, as against the 460 recorded on Friday(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)

Air ‘severe’ despite improved wind speeds

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:55 AM IST
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Friday forecasted that the air quality of Delhi was on its way to sliding into the ‘severe plus’ or ‘emergency’ levels on Saturday. Even though till 10am on Saturday, Delhi was engulfed in a thick blanket of fog.
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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings showed the overall air quality index (AQI) in the Capital at 460, deteriorating from Thursday’s 429
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings showed the overall air quality index (AQI) in the Capital at 460, deteriorating from Thursday’s 429

Delhi air in toxic zone, could get worse today

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:41 AM IST
Union ministry of earth science’s air quality monitoring centre, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), said the city-state was looking at the “first prolonged extreme air pollution event of 2021”.
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A cyclist seen on a foggy afternoon at Singhu border near Delhi on Saturday.(Amal Ks/HT Photo)
A cyclist seen on a foggy afternoon at Singhu border near Delhi on Saturday.(Amal Ks/HT Photo)

At 361, AQI in Delhi remains in very poor category

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 09:40 AM IST
IMD forecast said that dense fog was also likely early Sunday, which could reduce visibility levels drastically.
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People at India Gate on a hazy afternoon in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
People at India Gate on a hazy afternoon in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

At 402, Delhi AQI breaches severe category again

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:39 AM IST
India Meteorological Department said stubble burning incidents are now negligible but local pollutants accumulated in the atmosphere have not been able to disperse because of unfavourable weather conditions.
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Commuters on NH-24 during sunset on November 26.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Commuters on NH-24 during sunset on November 26.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi’s air continues to remain in poor category

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:49 AM IST
Scientists at IMD have forecast air quality to remain in the “poor” zone till November 30, after which it is expected to deteriorate.
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A man walks along a forest in Mayur Vihar on a clear day in New Delhi on November 26.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A man walks along a forest in Mayur Vihar on a clear day in New Delhi on November 26.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

At 199, Delhi’s air remains in moderate zone

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:40 AM IST
With stubble fires in Punjab and Haryana coming to a close and strong winds, Delhi’s improved drastically on Friday, falling from the severe zone to the moderate zone in just two days.
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Government agencies forecast that the air quality could enter “severe” zone on Wednesday.(HT file photo)
Government agencies forecast that the air quality could enter “severe” zone on Wednesday.(HT file photo)

Delhi air quality may hit severe zone again

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:28 AM IST
The city’s air quality index (AQI) on Tuesday settled at 379, in “very poor” zone, according to the 24-hour rolling average of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings at 4pm.
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Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)
Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)

Delhi govt asks Centre to use bio-decomoposer in Punjab, Haryana

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:59 AM IST
Gopal Rai said the bio-decomoposer used on 22,000 acres of land in Delhi turned 90% crop residue into manure within 15-20 days.
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The Delhi government, as part of its anti-pollution campaign this year has identified road dust as a primary contributor to local pollution.(PTI)
The Delhi government, as part of its anti-pollution campaign this year has identified road dust as a primary contributor to local pollution.(PTI)

Over 7 million litres of water sprayed in pollution hot spots: Delhi Fire dept

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:37 AM IST
Atul Garg, director, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said the special drive was started on October 17. There are 13 hot spots identified in the city, where pollution levels are at their highest, including Okhla, Vivek Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Rohini, Dwarka and industrial areas.
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A cyclist rides through smog post 'Diwali' celebrations, in New Delhi.(PTI)
A cyclist rides through smog post 'Diwali' celebrations, in New Delhi.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: After a short breather, pollution levels rise in Delhi and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 08:57 AM IST
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The Delhi government’s EV policy focuses on a very clear goal - 25% of all newly-registered vehicles should be EVs by 2024. As of now, the number is 0.2%(PTI)
The Delhi government’s EV policy focuses on a very clear goal - 25% of all newly-registered vehicles should be EVs by 2024. As of now, the number is 0.2%(PTI)

EV policy to reduce carbon emission by 4.8 million tonnes in 4 yrs: Delhi govt

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:01 PM IST
The dialogue was organised by the climate group in collaboration with the UN High-Level Climate Champions and the UK COP26 Presidency.
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Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)

Centre’s timely intervention could have reduced pollution surge in Delhi: Gopal Rai

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:18 PM IST
Justifying the ban imposed on bursting firecrackers during the on-going festive period in the city, the Delhi Minister said that the ban was necessary amidst rising pollution during the pandemic.
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Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)

Neighbouring states living in denial over effecs of farm fires on Delhi pollution: Gopal Rai

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 08:15 AM IST
A day after the contribution of stubble fires to the pollution load in Delhi’s air touched the season’s highest on Sunday at 40%, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai accused the governments in the neighbouring states of living in denial while urging the Centre to find a lasting solution to the problem.
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In Mundka, the average AQI on Saturday was 425, while in Alipur, the levels were measured at around 413 throughout the day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
In Mundka, the average AQI on Saturday was 425, while in Alipur, the levels were measured at around 413 throughout the day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Delhi pollution: Mundka, Alipur choke on severely bad air

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 12:24 AM IST
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings on Saturday showed that while the city’s overall air quality index improved to 345 from Friday’s 366, Mundka and Alipur — both of which were categorised as pollution ‘hotspots’ by CPCB in 2018 — have now been in the ‘severe’ zone for over 38 hours at a stretch.
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Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)
Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)

Delhi pollution: Plans on paper, and poison in the air

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:24 AM IST
Starting October 15, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (Epca), enforced several preventive measures listed under the “very poor” category, including banning diesel generator sets, starting mechanised sweeping, and closely monitoring the garbage burning ban, among other steps.
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