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Delhi’s AQI ‘severe’ for second day, NCR towns add PM2.5 load

IMD officials said that the air quality is likely to remain severe on Thursday as well, after which winds will start picking up and help disperse pollutants.
An anti-smog gun is being used to curb air pollution at Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
An anti-smog gun is being used to curb air pollution at Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 04:28 AM IST
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NCR resolved 50% pollution-related complaints: CPCB

Among the NCR states, Delhi is faring best, having resolved nearly 63% (761) of the 1,214 complaints filed during this period.
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution in New Delhi. A senior CPCB official, on the condition of anonymity, said most complaints were related to dust violations, construction and demolition waste and instances of open waste burning. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution in New Delhi. A senior CPCB official, on the condition of anonymity, said most complaints were related to dust violations, construction and demolition waste and instances of open waste burning. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 01:48 AM IST
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‘Non-compliance to emission control measures at power plants put health at risk’

Only two of 12 coal-based power plants in the national capital with a total installed capacity of 13,500MW have commissioned mechanism to control sulfur dioxide emissions.
The operation of power plants in Delhiand the national capital region can be better regulated to meet power demand for the region without operating polluting non-compliant power plants during winter months. (File photo / AP)
The operation of power plants in Delhiand the national capital region can be better regulated to meet power demand for the region without operating polluting non-compliant power plants during winter months. (File photo / AP)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 02:13 PM IST
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By | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi

Not Delhi, this city in Bihar recorded the worst AQI in past 24 hours

According to the CPCB bulletin, as many as 27 cities across India recorded ‘good’ category air quality in the past 24 hours. Of them, at least 20 belong to the southern Indian states. 
Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 290 in the ‘poor’ category in the past 24 hours. (Hindustan Times)
Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 290 in the ‘poor’ category in the past 24 hours. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 08:40 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As Delhi pollution nears emergency level, CPCB says 'don't go outside'

The CPCB said the 24-hour average concentration of lung-damaging fine particles known as PM2.5 in Delhi-NCR crossed the 300 mark around midnight and stood at 381 micrograms per cubic metre at 4pm on Friday.
Air pollution was the top risk factor for death in India in 2019, killing an estimated 1.67 million people, according to the Global Burden of Disease report.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Air pollution was the top risk factor for death in India in 2019, killing an estimated 1.67 million people, according to the Global Burden of Disease report.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:56 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Rain helps Delhi see best air quality in 4 years, even as few areas show concern

Delhi recorded 87.9mm of rainfall between October 17 and 18 – the fourth highest in a day ever in October, and the highest since 1956, when the national capital received 111mm rain, as per IMD data.
Notably, an AQI from 201 and 300 is termed as “poor”, while 301 and 400 as “very poor”, and 401 and 500 as “severe”. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Notably, an AQI from 201 and 300 is termed as “poor”, while 301 and 400 as “very poor”, and 401 and 500 as “severe”. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pollution levels dip slightly as winds over Delhi pick up pace

  • CPCB data showed that the overall air quality index (AQI) on Thursday was 199, in the ‘moderate’ category and a marginal improvement from Wednesday’s 221.
While this was higher than Wednesday’s 12%, the pollution levels were lower because of the relatively higher local wind speeds. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
While this was higher than Wednesday’s 12%, the pollution levels were lower because of the relatively higher local wind speeds. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2021 06:10 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Most pollution control boards across India lack transparency, finds study 

Pollution control boards of Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal were found to be the most transparent among 35 such organisations studied. 
Fine particulate air pollution is associated with a higher risk of dementia, according to the findings of a new study.(Unsplash)
Fine particulate air pollution is associated with a higher risk of dementia, according to the findings of a new study.(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 12, 2021 11:31 PM IST
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Delhi records maximum temperature at 34 degrees Celsius, air quality poor

The minimum temperature in the city settled at 14.4 degrees Celsius while the air quality was recorded in the poor category.
People out at India Gate lawns in the morning in New Delhi amid smog on Sunday. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
People out at India Gate lawns in the morning in New Delhi amid smog on Sunday. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 07, 2021 09:37 PM IST
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Dense fog engulfs parts of Delhi, AQI remains in 'very poor' category

Air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the 'very poor' category on Saturday with a thick layer of dense fog engulfing parts of the city and affecting visibility.
The overall air quality index (AQI) stands at 307, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).(HT file photo )
The overall air quality index (AQI) stands at 307, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).(HT file photo )
Updated on Feb 13, 2021 09:20 AM IST
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Air pollution: CAQM’s role is still hazy

There is still confusion about which agency has what sort of role in combating the problem.
With statutory powers that cut across federal lines, the CAQM was billed as a super commission, comprising officials from several states and agencies that can need to take the individual steps collectively pivotal to address the problem.(AP)
With statutory powers that cut across federal lines, the CAQM was billed as a super commission, comprising officials from several states and agencies that can need to take the individual steps collectively pivotal to address the problem.(AP)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 05:29 PM IST
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Expect cold wave, fog in Delhi in the next four days: IMD

On Tuesday, the Safdarjung observatory recorded the minimum temperature at 3.6 degrees Celsius
A cold wave occurs in plains when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and/or is 4 notches lesser than the season’s normal for two consecutive days.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)
A cold wave occurs in plains when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and/or is 4 notches lesser than the season’s normal for two consecutive days.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 10:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

‘Severe’ air and ‘cold wave’ over many parts of northwest India

The air quality early warning system for Delhi said surface winds are likely to remain light and ventilation will be poor, resulting in deterioration in air quality for the next two days
"Cold wave" conditions are also likely over several pockets of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on Christmas day.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 24, 2020 08:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Delhi’s air quality continues to be ‘severe’

Even though the city’s air quality had been showing a downward trend for the last few days, this was a major deterioration from Monday’s 332, in the "very poor" category
Before this, Delhi
Before this, Delhi"s air quality had reached the "severe" zone on December 5, when the overall AQI reading of the city was recorded 404.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 08:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Delhi’s temperature likely to increase today, will dip again this week

Due to a western disturbance, the city’pollution levels are likely to increase along with temperature
The national capital on Sunday recorded the coldest morning of the season, with the minimum temperature falling to 3.4 degrees Celsius.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The national capital on Sunday recorded the coldest morning of the season, with the minimum temperature falling to 3.4 degrees Celsius.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 08:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Supreme Court ‘not satisfied’ with work of air quality commission so far

As the Supreme Court is monitoring air pollution in Delhi caused by stubble burning and other reasons, a bench headed by CJI Bobde sought to know the work done by the commission till date.
The increase in stubble burning incidents notwithstanding, Delhi’s air has witnessed significant improvement compared to the past few years.(HT File Photo)
The increase in stubble burning incidents notwithstanding, Delhi’s air has witnessed significant improvement compared to the past few years.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 05:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbraham Thomas, New Delhi

Delhi’s AQI to deteriorate as day progresses, says CPCB

The average AQI is predicted to be in the poor to very poor category on Monday, indicating the pollution levels are likely to rise further during the day
Vehicles on Signature bridge during a cold and foggy morning, in New Delhi.(File photo)
Vehicles on Signature bridge during a cold and foggy morning, in New Delhi.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 09:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

At 361, AQI in Delhi remains in very poor category

IMD forecast said that dense fog was also likely early Sunday, which could reduce visibility levels drastically.
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)
Published on Dec 13, 2020 09:40 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Mercury to dip, dense fog to prevail, say weather experts

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre, said that the temperature would start dipping from Sunday onwards. He added that dense fog was likely to prevail on Sunday during the morning hours.
Dense fog is likely to prevail in the city on Sunday along with a dip in the minimum temperature, as per weather experts(PTI)
Dense fog is likely to prevail in the city on Sunday along with a dip in the minimum temperature, as per weather experts(PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 01:58 PM IST
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Delhi’s air slips back into severe zone as wind changes direction

Delhi’s air quality slipped into the ‘severe’ zone on Saturday, as winds changed direction and slowed down considerably making dispersion of pollutants difficult.
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Updated on Dec 06, 2020 02:42 AM IST
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Most of pollution-related complaints on Delhi app since Oct about illegal garbage dumping

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inaugurated the app in October for people to report air pollution-related violations to fight peak winter pollution
A person throws garbage into a collection vehicle in Jahangirpuri, New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT FILE PHOTO)
A person throws garbage into a collection vehicle in Jahangirpuri, New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 05, 2020 08:48 PM IST
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With AQI at 381, Delhi’s air quality stays in very poor category

According to IMD, it is likely to remain very poor throughout the week owing to slow wind speed and a change in the wind patterns in the coming days
IMD scientists said the AQI is likely to remain in very poor category for the rest of the week too.(File photo)
IMD scientists said the AQI is likely to remain in very poor category for the rest of the week too.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

At 199, Delhi’s air remains in moderate zone

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 28, 2020 10:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Delhi breathes easier as air quality improves

The air quality index reading at 7am on Friday was 143, in the moderate category. According to the CPCB 4pm bulletin on Thursday, the average AQI reading stood at 302
Representational Photo(REUTERS)
Representational Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 09:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Working on long-term solution to stubble burning: Air commission

A combination of extremely high number of stubble fires in Punjab, low to calm winds in the region and subsidence of air had led to Delhi recording “severe” air quality for six days consecutively since November 5 this month.
A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Rupnagar distric.(PTI)
A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Rupnagar distric.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 02:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Fire at Ghazipur landfill rages for over 12 hours, adds to Delhi’s pollution woes

Air quality monitoring stations in east Delhi, which are closer to the landfill showed a major spike in pollution levels. At Patparganj, the levels were 423 and at Anand Vihar, the average AQI reading shot up to 445 at 1pm
Fire tenders at Ghazipur landfill site after a fire broke out, in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
Fire tenders at Ghazipur landfill site after a fire broke out, in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 02:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Delhi’s air quality worsens, temperature to rise over next couple of days

The minimum temperature in the national capital on Monday dropped to 6.3 degrees Celsius, the lowest in November since 2003
On Monday, the Safdarjung Observatory, considered representative of Delhi’s weather, recorded a minimum of 6.3°C, five notches below normal. The maximum here settled at 26.2°C, normal for this time of the year.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
On Monday, the Safdarjung Observatory, considered representative of Delhi’s weather, recorded a minimum of 6.3°C, five notches below normal. The maximum here settled at 26.2°C, normal for this time of the year.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 08:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Marginal drop in air quality, IMD forecasts higher pollution levels from Monday

CPCB data shows that Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) on Sunday was 274, while on Saturday, this was recorded at 251, both in the ‘poor’ range.
Vehicles seen on a road while the area covered with smog as the air quality deteriorates due to air pollution, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Vehicles seen on a road while the area covered with smog as the air quality deteriorates due to air pollution, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2020 01:44 AM IST
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At 262, Delhi’s AQI still in poor zone on Sunday

Delhi’s AQI on Sunday morning was marginally higher than Saturday’s overall AQI of 251, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
A boy walks along a railway track amid hazy weather conditions at Nizamuddin in New Delhi on November 20.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A boy walks along a railway track amid hazy weather conditions at Nizamuddin in New Delhi on November 20.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 22, 2020 09:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Howrah in West Bengal tops the list of most polluted cities in India

Bhiwadi in Rajasthan was the second-worst polluted city followed by Kolkata
Representative image.(HT Archive)
Representative image.(HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 11:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
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