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A combination photograph showing the Navi Mumbai mangrove patch before and after it was cleaned.(Photo: Environment Life)

15-week transformation for Navi Mumbai mangroves: 7,000kg trash removed

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Footwear, medical waste, mercury bulbs, tube lights, liquor bottles, plastic, spoons, packaged water bottles, wafers packets had made their way through the creek and got stuck in the breathing roots of mangrove trees
The NGO has been cleaning Navi Mumbai mangroves every Sunday since August 15.(Environment Life)
The NGO has been cleaning Navi Mumbai mangroves every Sunday since August 15.(Environment Life)

200 kg trash removed every week in Mumbai mangrove clean-up

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 09:39 AM IST
An environmental group has since August 15 removed around 200 kg trash every Sunday from mangrove forests in Navi Mumbai, which was last month ranked India’s third cleanest city in the 2020 Swachh Survekshan rankings
An artisan works to prepare Lord Ganesha idols on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.(PTI)
An artisan works to prepare Lord Ganesha idols on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.(PTI)

Ganesha mandals skirt their way around idol height cut, complaints follow

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 09:39 AM IST
On July 11, in view of rising Covid-19 cases in the state, the home department of the Maharashtra government published a notification capping the height of Ganesh idols to four-feet for Sarvajanik idols. However, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board said the height restriction was just a guideline and not a law.
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)

Mumbai needs to walk an extra mile to curb air pollution

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2019 01:06 AM IST
Mumbai has had a lackadaisical attitude towards air pollution, believing that sea breezes will sweep away the murk, but the CSE study has shown that the city needs more than the sea to clean up its air.
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)

Ganeshotsav in Pune: Rise in festive fervour, dip in noise pollution

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 02:55 PM IST
The officials recorded the noise levels at the crossroads of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale and Mandai near Shanipar area as 88 decibels (dB), and 92 decibels (dB) on Laxmi road, at 10 pm.
Activists have submitted source-wise recommendations for Mumbai’s air pollution action plan to the state, after the Centre twice rejected it.(Photo Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Activists have submitted source-wise recommendations for Mumbai’s air pollution action plan to the state, after the Centre twice rejected it.(Photo Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)

Mumbaiites send suggestions to MPCB to get city’s air pollution action plan passed

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 01:06 AM IST
With an 80% increase in the concentration of annual average particulate matter 10 (PM10) witnessed over a 12-year period (2007-2018), Mumbai is the most polluted of the country’s three major coastal cities.
The Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC) is now looking for private land in the space-starved city to set up and operate construction debris processing units for its ‘Debris on Call’ service. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
The Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC) is now looking for private land in the space-starved city to set up and operate construction debris processing units for its ‘Debris on Call’ service. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

‘Debris on call’ service: BMC wants private land for recycling

By Eeshanpriya MS
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 03:28 AM IST
As part of its latest tender, the BMC has added a clause that allows any Mumbaiite to set up a plant if they have a large open space.
The task force will also submit regular reports to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).(HT Photo)
The task force will also submit regular reports to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).(HT Photo)

State govt forms task force to reduce river pollution in city

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 03:01 AM IST
According to instruction of the state government, the ‘Social Environment Surveillance Taskforce’ should prepare an action plan and work on its implementation in a time-bound manner.
File photo of a nullah connecting Dadar beach to the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. A city-base NGO has filed a petition in the Bombay HC complaining about the polluted coastal water, which “makes the Mumbai shoreline one of the most polluted in the world”.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)
File photo of a nullah connecting Dadar beach to the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. A city-base NGO has filed a petition in the Bombay HC complaining about the polluted coastal water, which “makes the Mumbai shoreline one of the most polluted in the world”.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)

Ensure BMC treats sewage before disposing it into sea: HC to anti-pollution body

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 01:54 PM IST
The directive came after senior advocate Anil Sakhare, representing BMC, accepted that the disposal of untreated sewage into the sea is a problem primarily caused by lack of an adequate network of sewage lines.
Mula-Mutha river records 42 mg/l chemical oxygen demand (COD). At the same time, the nitrate level in the Mula-Mutha is recorded at 2.41mg/l, almost double the safe limit (1 mg/l ).(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Mula-Mutha river records 42 mg/l chemical oxygen demand (COD). At the same time, the nitrate level in the Mula-Mutha is recorded at 2.41mg/l, almost double the safe limit (1 mg/l ).(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Excreta in Mula-Mutha three times above safe limit: MPCB

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2019 02:08 AM IST
The Mithi river in Mumbai is the most polluted in the state as per the MPCB’s water quality assessment of eight major rivers in the state in 2018, published in the recently released Maharashtra Economic Survey report 2018-19.
Volunteers collecting plastic from Mithi river at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
Volunteers collecting plastic from Mithi river at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

Mithi was Maharashtra’s most polluted river in 2018

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 10:13 AM IST
A study has found levels of faecal coliform content (indication of human and animal excreta) and biochemical oxygen demand (oxygen levels for aquatic life to survive ) of the Mithi river were above the safe limit.
Data from the environment ministry showed the annual average of PM 10 levels in Mumbai were 166µg/m3 in 2018 and 151µg/m3 in 2017.(HT Photo)
Data from the environment ministry showed the annual average of PM 10 levels in Mumbai were 166µg/m3 in 2018 and 151µg/m3 in 2017.(HT Photo)

Air in 2018 most polluted in 20 years in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 01:14 AM IST
A sharp drop in particulate pollution was recorded in 2001 when levels fell to 67.2µg/m3 while in 1999, they were at 115µg/m3. PM2.5 levels, which are being measured since 2015, were also the highest in 2018 for Mumbai. Levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels were within limits (see box).
Mumbai’s air quality has improved since rains hit the city(HT PHOTO)
Mumbai’s air quality has improved since rains hit the city(HT PHOTO)

Breathe easy, solutions on the way to Mumbai’s air pollution, says Maharashtra Pollution Control Board

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Goa/mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 12:14 AM IST
As SAFAR highlights rising pollutants in Mumbai’s air, officials say Metro, coastal road will bring it down
Thousands of freshwater fish have suddenly found died in Indrayani river due to the soaring pollution level in Indrayani river in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
Thousands of freshwater fish have suddenly found died in Indrayani river due to the soaring pollution level in Indrayani river in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

Untreated water released into river killed 4K fish: MPCB

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2019 02:38 PM IST
Thousands of Mahseer fish were found floating near the banks of the Indrayani river on Sunday near Dehu village, causing panic among residents living on the river bank and using the water for day-to-day chores.
MPCB did not share the methodology of how they calculated the reduction in emissions.(HT FILE)
MPCB did not share the methodology of how they calculated the reduction in emissions.(HT FILE)

Particulate matter levels declined in Maharashtra in 2018-19: MPCB

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2019 01:29 AM IST
Seven cities witnessed reduction in particulate pollution levels through the implementation of stringent norms over the past year, MPCB said
Municipal corporations have managed to achieve only 50% of the short and long term directions laid down by the SC over two years.(HT Photo)
Municipal corporations have managed to achieve only 50% of the short and long term directions laid down by the SC over two years.(HT Photo)

Toxic foam pollutes Ulhas river at Badlapur

Hindusta Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2019 02:36 PM IST
Details shared by Vanashakti and validated by MPCB showed sewage mixed with effluents entering the drinking water zone from a nullah along Badlapur falling under the KBMC’s jurisdiction.
According to the petitioner, in 10 instances, the police had referred the cases to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), while in 12 others, it had not taken any action against the violators.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)
According to the petitioner, in 10 instances, the police had referred the cases to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), while in 12 others, it had not taken any action against the violators.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)

HC allows Mumbai Police 2 weeks to chalk out plan against noise violation

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 11:49 AM IST
According to the petitioner, Awaaz Foundation, in 10 instances, the police had referred the cases to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), while in 12 others, it had not taken any action against the violators.
hopkeepers using plastic bags after banning plastics in Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)
hopkeepers using plastic bags after banning plastics in Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)

Nine months on, plastic bags still in use in Mumbai markets

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 08:27 AM IST
The BMC’s own plan to auction over 52 tonnes of seized plastic bags for recycling has not seen much progress, as the first bid to auction the plastic received only one tender. The seized plastic bags have now been kept at the civic body’s godowns.
The state-wide plastic ban in Maharashtra came into effect from June 23, 2018.(HT File)
The state-wide plastic ban in Maharashtra came into effect from June 23, 2018.(HT File)

Nine months on, plastic bags still in use in Mumbai’s markets

Hindustan Times | By Steffy Thevar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 12:41 AM IST
A member of the civic body’s blue squad stated that despite initiating action, vendors and consumers continue to use plastic bags
The Mumbai HC asked the Mumbai Police to file a fresh affidavit after rejecting the one they had submitted in a petition on action against noise pollution in the city.(HT File Photo)
The Mumbai HC asked the Mumbai Police to file a fresh affidavit after rejecting the one they had submitted in a petition on action against noise pollution in the city.(HT File Photo)

HC again rebukes Mumbai Police over failure to act against noise complaints

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 10:04 AM IST
A division bench of Mumbai HC, while hearing compliance of orders in a bunch of public interest litigation (PILs) against noise pollution in Mumbai, was informed by the police that they had received 22 complaints from various areas in the city and were in the process of receiving and processing other complaints.
Post Diwali, Mumbai’s air quality improved to ‘moderate’ on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Post Diwali, Mumbai’s air quality improved to ‘moderate’ on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Mahrashtra Pollution Control Board’s real-time data for pollution goes live

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 01:02 AM IST
After a six-month delay, information from 13 monitoring stations to be available on website
Children light crackers at Kalachowki on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Children light crackers at Kalachowki on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Diwali’s here, but Maharashtra pollution board fails to declare chemical analysis results of firecrackers

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2018 12:26 AM IST
Results of chemical analysis had to be declared on Monday
A woman getting her sonography done at Beed city, Beed district, India.(HT File Photo)
A woman getting her sonography done at Beed city, Beed district, India.(HT File Photo)

Maharashtra issues guidelines for scrapping sonography machines

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 05:36 AM IST
Maharashtra government has come up with guidelines for scrapping of sonography machines, which are being misused for unethical and criminal practice of sex selection
As the city gears up for Anant Chaturdashi, security has been beefed up across the city. The Mumbai police have begun preparations at Girgaum Chowpatty for Sunday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
As the city gears up for Anant Chaturdashi, security has been beefed up across the city. The Mumbai police have begun preparations at Girgaum Chowpatty for Sunday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

103 Ganpati mandals penalised for violating noise level norms

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2018 06:05 AM IST
Cops to increase surveillance; 54 roads to be shut; 56 roads to be open for one-way traffic
A Pune municipal corporation worker cleans the hyacinth and waste from Mutha river.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A Pune municipal corporation worker cleans the hyacinth and waste from Mutha river.(HT FILE PHOTO)

More polluted rivers in Maharashtra, not fewer: CPCB

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 09:30 AM IST
In August, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) had claimed the number of polluted river stretches had dropped from 49 to 34.
Govindas form a human pyramid as part of dahi handi celebrations in Mumbai on September 3.(HT FILE)
Govindas form a human pyramid as part of dahi handi celebrations in Mumbai on September 3.(HT FILE)

Noise pollution cases during Dahi Handi highest in three years: Mumbai Police

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2018 01:09 AM IST
Cops say they file report on each case; activists say preventive action must to avoid repeat
Garbage in Mutha River near Omkareshwar temple in Pune, India, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.(Rahul Raut / HT Photo)
Garbage in Mutha River near Omkareshwar temple in Pune, India, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.(Rahul Raut / HT Photo)

Maharashtra’s most polluted water bodies in Mumbai, Pune, Thane: Report

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:04 AM IST
The findings of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board were compiled after monitoring water quality at 250 locations in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nagpur, under the National Water Monitoring Programme. These included rivers, sea coasts and creeks, drains, dams and wells .
Metro-3 work in progress in south Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Metro-3 work in progress in south Mumbai.(HT FILE)

‘Noise at Metro sites in south Mumbai exceeds safe levels, MMRCL to blame’

Hindustan Times | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 08:04 AM IST
NEERI report to Bombay high court says rail corporation didn’t stick to its initial plan of installing noise barriers, using sound mufflers
Municipal workers clean plastic waste on Juhu beach.(HT PHOTO)
Municipal workers clean plastic waste on Juhu beach.(HT PHOTO)

Bombay high court asks BMC to reveal its sea pollution control strategy

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 11:45 PM IST
93% of sea water pollution around the city was caused by the discharge of untreated sewage
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