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Delhi breathes cleanest air in five months, records sharp drop in pollution

Delhi logged an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 119 (moderate), according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s national bulletin at 4 pm, on Thursday.

CAQM said forecasts by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and India Meteorological Department (IMD) currently do not indicate a deterioration in AQI over the next few days. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 05:47 AM IST

Delhi has cleanest winter in 5 years, but is most polluted city in NCR: Study

The winter season is the most polluted time of the year, with unfavourable meteorological conditions trapping pollutants close to the surface, including calm winds, low temperature and fog.

Delhi continues to remain the most polluted among the cities and towns of NCR. This downward trend will have to be sustained with much stronger action on vehicles, industry, waste burning, construction, solid fuel and biomass burning to meet the clean air standard, said CSE. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2023 06:49 AM IST

Mumbai overtakes Delhi as most polluted city in India

On January 29, Mumbai was ranked 10th in the rankings for the poorest position.

Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai(Unsplash)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 02:09 PM IST

Particles from smoke, garbage burning cause max air pollution in last 3 months

Delhi government data shows secondary inorganic aerosols account for 33% of the particulate matter 2.5 pollution in the Capital, and garbage burning had a share of 24%

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Real Time Source Apportionment Study's Supersite and Mobile Van at Rouse Avenue on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Kejriwal unveils study, devices to help combat air pollution in Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the source apportionment study, a supersite, a van and a portal to gather, analyse and share air pollution data in the capital

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the launch of a Supersite and van for the real time source apportionment study of air pollution in the city. (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:03 AM IST

Construction ban lifted as winds help clear Delhi’s air

The transport department on Friday lifted the January 9 ban on vehicles with older emission standards. Under stage III, states have the option to ban such vehicles

The Commission for Air Quality Management had invoked stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan on January 6, when the Air Quality Index had touched 400 (very poor).
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 02:26 AM IST

Delhi is India’s most polluted city: Study

On the list of most polluted cities, Faridabad ranks second with an annual PM2.5 concentration of 95.6µg/m3, followed by Ghaziabad (91.25µg/m3), as per the analysis. But while NCR cities rank poorly in the analysis, they have done much better than Delhi to reduce their PM2.5 levels.

At Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Tuesday. The top nine polluted cities are from across the Indo-Gangetic plains. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 06:16 AM IST

Toxic air back in Delhi, Anand Vihar's AQI turns 'severe' again

Delhi's overall air quality was recorded in 'very poor' category at an AQI of 374, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

A view of morning traffic amid heavy smog in New Delhi. (AFP)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 02:16 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Non-essential construction & demolition banned in Delhi as air quality worsens

While under Stage III of GRAP, states also have the option to enforce a ban on BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles, which was enforced the last time Delhi’s air went in the ‘severe’ category, Delhi’s transport department officials say a decision on this will be taken soon.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital and adjoining areas stated that the air quality has deteriorated over last few hours and Delhi's AQI has been recorded as 399 as on December 30, 2022(Mohd Zakir/ HT file photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 06:00 PM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Delhi’s pollution level drops to ‘severe’ category; dense fog expected

The air quality in Delhi on Monday was the worst compared to nine other cities monitored on the central pollution control board’s website

On Sunday, the minimum temperature was 6.2°C, two notches below normal. (File image)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 12:46 AM IST

Experts on can breathing in smog be a reason for cancers or lead to infertility

Doctors reveal whether breathing in toxic air full of pollutants be a reason for cancers or lead to infertility and apart from asthma, what are the other common diseases that can be caused due to smog

Experts on can breathing in smog be a reason for cancers or lead to infertility (Photo by Joshua Wilkinson on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 08:34 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

BS3 petrol, BS4 diesel vehicles banned in Delhi

Vehicles not conforming to latest emission norms will not be allowed to ply on Delhi’s roads with immediate effect, the transport department announced on Monday, as air quality worsened in the capital.

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) deteriorated to the “severe” category for the first time in a month on Sunday, prompting the CAQM to invoke emergency measures. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 12:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Worst Dec air spell only after mercury dips further: Experts

Experts said that the deterioration in AQI over the past few days shows how fast the air quality can turn if weather conditions are unfavourable.

The Capital on Sunday logged an AQI of 407, the worst since 447 on November 4. (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 03:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Construction work banned in Delhi as air quality worsens | 5 points

Under third stage of the anti-air pollution measure GRAP, state governments also have the authority to ban BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles but Delhi's transport department is yet to decide on it as of now.

As air quality in Delhi dips to 'severe' level on Sunday, authorities reinforce stage III of GRAP in a bid to tackle pollution.
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 11:09 PM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Air pollution in the NCR: A prisoner’s dilemma

The article has been authored by Anurag Agrawal, dean, BioSciences and Health Research, Trivedi School of Biosciences, Ashoka University.

Air pollution in NCR has many components. Traffic, dust, construction, fly ash, stubble-burning, and weather all play an important role and no single factor can be singled out that sufficiently explains all our problems
Published on Nov 25, 2022 01:55 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Aaftab killed Shraddha in heat of moment, but planned disposal in detail: Police

Aaftab Amin Poonawala reportedly told the police that removing Shraddha Walkar’s corpse from the first-floor flat appeared risky, so he decided to cut the body into pieces and dispose the parts across the city.

Accused Aaftab Amin Poonawalla (in hoodie) being taken by Delhi police personnel during an investigation in the Shraddha Walker murder case, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 11:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Doctors reveal the impact of air pollution on our mental health

As high pollution levels lead to toxic air quality in several North Indian cities including the national capital Delhi, poor AQI can cause irreversible health damage. Doctors spill the beans on how it impacts our mental health

A view of skyscrapers engulfed in dense smog amid rising air pollution levels, in Noida, India. Doctors reveal the impact of air pollution on our mental health (Photo by Sunil Ghosh/ Hindustan Times )
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 01:09 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Tips to prevent severe skin damage amid poor AQI

A disruption in the skin's ability to act as a barrier and the emergence of numerous skin illnesses occur whenever repeated exposure to air pollutants exceeds the skin's normal defensive capacity. Here are tips to prevent severe skin damage amid poor AQI

Tips to prevent severe skin damage amid poor AQI (Photo by Tarikul Raana on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 17, 2022 01:52 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Delhi's AQI sustains improvement, remains at ‘poor’ category, GRAP curbs lifted

The CAQM review panel said that the improvement in Delhi-NCR's AQI is expected to sustain, and it will monitor the situation again on November 18.

The IMD, meanwhile, has forecast that cold northwesterly winds blowing towards Delhi will make cause the capital's minimum temperature to dip to 10 degrees Celsius by Saturday. (Archive)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 15, 2022 10:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Nearly 4,000 people in Delhi fined for flouting car emission rules

From Tuesday afternoon till 6 am on Friday, 3,906 BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers were stopped and fined for plying in Delhi in violation of the rule

An anti-smog gun being used to curb air pollution and dust near the under-construction RRTS Station at Anand Vihar on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 12, 2022 02:52 AM IST

Farm fires hit 2-week low as winds dissuade farmers

According to officials of the Punjab agricultural department, farmers did not set their crop residue on fire, worrying that the strong winds may cause the blazes to spread to neighbouring fields or accidentally cause freshly sown crops to catch fire.

Data from Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) on Sunday showed only two districts with more than 100 fires, the largest number–130–was in Mansa. (Photos by Sanjeev Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 07:23 AM IST
By, Bathinda/patiala

Key Delhi govt meet today to decide on reopening primary schools in Capital

The string of curbs, which were imposed on Friday, in a bid to cut — and ease the impact of — toxic pollution levels in Delhi, were lifted on Sunday, as the city’s air quality improved over the weekend.

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) relaxed curbs from this level on Sunday, citing the drop in pollution levels, even as it asserted that Stage 3 of the curbs continue to be in effect. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 06:51 AM IST

Some curbs go as wind gives breathing space, improves air in Delhi

The Capital clocked an AQI of 339 (very poor) on Sunday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4pm bulletin, an improvement from 381 on Saturday and significantly better than 447 (severe) on Friday.

The ban affected 300,000 diesel vehicles and 200,000 petrol vehicles. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 06:31 AM IST

With improved air quality in Delhi, panel lifts Stage IV measures under GRAP

The panel cited forecasts that said air quality will remain in the same category for the next few days. All measures until only Stage III will apply across NCR from now.

Representational image.
Updated on Nov 06, 2022 06:53 PM IST
Reported by Jasjeev Gandhiok | Written by Sohini Goswami

Ban on construction activities as air quality turns ‘severe’ in Ghaziabad

The city on Thursday recorded its first “severe” air quality day this year with an air quality index (AQI) reading of 416, as per the data by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with the primary pollutant being particulate matter (PM) 2.5.

Stage 3 of GRAP is activated as the AQI enters the “severe” category. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)
Published on Nov 06, 2022 04:04 PM IST

Air pollution: Bronchitis cases on rise; all about the condition, tips to manage

As air pollution continues to wreak havoc on our health, staying indoors, avoiding early morning walks, getting vaccinated for flu and pneumonia, wearing N-95 mask while venturing out could help reduce adverse effects of air pollution.

Air pollution can inflame breathing passages, decreasing the lung's working capacity and causing shortness of breath, pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing. (Freepik)
Published on Nov 06, 2022 12:23 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Even ‘very poor’ air can leave healthy people with illnesses, say doctors

Dr Sumit Ray, head of the department of critical care at Holy Family Hospital, said coughing, sneezing, irritation of the airways, skin diseases and respiratory distress are some of the immediate impacts of the ongoing spell of pollution over Delhi and the surrounding regions.

Dr Bhagwan Mantri, consultant pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Moolchand Hospital, said Delhi residents experience unsafe levels of pollution all year round. (Hindustan Times)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 06, 2022 06:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt, cops work to keep older vehicles off streets

While no challan data has been provided by the government, officials said meetings have been held on Saturday with traffic police, transport department enforcement teams, district magistrates and officials from Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad to evolve a mechanism to enforce these bans.

Delhi’s air quality had improved to “very poor” category on Saturday with city recording an AQI of 373 at 7:00pm as per CPCB data. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2022 07:09 AM IST

Rise in pollution is leading to asthma exacerbations. Here's how to manage it

As a result of the increase in poor Air Quality Index, there have been increase in patients with complaints of coughing, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing since Diwali. Here's how to manage the condition

The AQI in Delhi-NCR entered the severe category on Thursday. Rise in pollution is leading to asthma exacerbations. Here's how to manage the condition (Hindustan Times_PRINT)
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 08:28 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Delhi-NCR air pollution: Expert on how toxic air can impact our mental health

Air pollution can be toxic for human brain and in combination with other factors could cause various mental health disorders. Here's all you want to know.

Air pollution is very closely linked to depression and anxiety (Nataliya Vaitkevich)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 06:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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