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Haryana takes a leaf from Delhi's book, starts odd-even rule to tackle pollution

By implementing the odd-even traffic scheme, the Haryana government hopes to see a drop in air pollution levels and a reduction in road congestion.
By implementing the scheme, the Haryana government hopes to see a drop in pollution levels and a reduction in road congestion. (File Photo / HT)
By implementing the scheme, the Haryana government hopes to see a drop in pollution levels and a reduction in road congestion. (File Photo / HT)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Hi-fi cars, ‘polluting’ TV debates & inertia: As Delhi chokes, SC spares none

Besides pulling up governments and bureaucracy for not doing enough, the apex court also hit out at critics making statements on farm fires sitting at starred hotels.
Supreme Court(Reuters File)
Supreme Court(Reuters File)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 01:25 PM IST
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By | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

What is the contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s pollution?

A scientific study cited by the government in the Supreme Court indicates that the contribution of agricultural burning to PM 2.5 and PM10 is just 4% and 7% each in winter and summer, respectively. An HT analysis of pollution data and scientific research shows that these numbers don’t tell the real story.
A Metro passes amid thick smog at Shakurbasti in New Delhi. Pollution and toxic air is a routine winter fixture in the Capital. ()(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A Metro passes amid thick smog at Shakurbasti in New Delhi. Pollution and toxic air is a routine winter fixture in the Capital. ()(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 03:20 AM IST
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By, Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s pollution action plan stuck in fine print and protocol, needs relook

  • Experts said these protocols need a relook to make pollution control measures pre-emptive and not reactive as they are now.
A worker sprays water on trees as part of efforts to curb air pollution, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
A worker sprays water on trees as part of efforts to curb air pollution, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘WFH ideal under current situation’: Delhi residents

  • Many office-goers said that while work from home is ideal amid the spiralling pollution levels, they added that such decisions could not be enforced by all companies, especially at a time when work was slowly returning to normalcy amid the pandemic.
Smog and pollution on Tilak Marg, near Supreme Court in New Delhi(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Smog and pollution on Tilak Marg, near Supreme Court in New Delhi(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 03:56 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Inaction on farm fires, slow Grap keep toxic haze hanging

No action has been initiated on the ground so far against farmers openly violating government directives on stubble burning.
Smog and pollution seen near Humayun's Tomb, in New Delhi. ( Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Smog and pollution seen near Humayun's Tomb, in New Delhi. ( Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 04:38 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi pollution: Construction ban may delay key infra projects

A senior PWD official who asked not to be named said that some of these projects are specifically aimed at decongesting arterial stretches and thereby cutting vehicular emissions, adding that the government should grant exemption to such projects.
The Delhi government on Saturday announced a ban on construction between November 14 and 17 in view of the hazardous levels of air pollution. Delhi recorded an AQI of 437 in the severe zone. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
The Delhi government on Saturday announced a ban on construction between November 14 and 17 in view of the hazardous levels of air pollution. Delhi recorded an AQI of 437 in the severe zone. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 03:44 AM IST
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ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Stubble fires at record high as a ‘river of smoke’ flows over Delhi

  • Data from heat-sensing satellites accessed by HT show that since November 8, there have been 24,694 fire events, higher than the 16,931 in the same period in 2016 which was previously the highest.
Dense haze on the Meerut Expressway on Friday, when Delhi recorded an average AQI of 471. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Dense haze on the Meerut Expressway on Friday, when Delhi recorded an average AQI of 471. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air trap around Delhi may stay for a week

  • A Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) scientist explained that when moisture content increases in the air, the secondary pollution particles—particles that are formed by chemical reactions in the atmosphere—swell up in size.
A metro train passes through the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center as it approaches Rithala metro station on a smoggy morning in Delhi. (REUTERS)
A metro train passes through the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center as it approaches Rithala metro station on a smoggy morning in Delhi. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 06:34 AM IST
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