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Construction curbs likely to be eased in Delhi as air quality improves: Report

  • The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Friday permitted construction works for selective sectors such as healthcare, railways, Metro, public utilities and national security, among others, to resume.
The CAQM on Friday stayed the ban on construction and demolition works in Delhi-NCR, barring those in selective sectors. (PTI)
The CAQM on Friday stayed the ban on construction and demolition works in Delhi-NCR, barring those in selective sectors. (PTI)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 03:51 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, 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

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

  • Delhi has consistently been choking in extremely poor air quality. The seriousness of the condition led chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to announce closure of schools, and also 100 per cent work from home in all government offices for a week.
The category in which a city’s AQI lies is recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The category in which a city’s AQI lies is recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 10:49 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, 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

72 waste collection centres found violating e-waste management rules: DPCC

  • As per the DPCC, the degree of non-compliance by the waste collection centres is "very high".
These waste collection centres need to comply with the CPCB guidelines related to the minimum area required for particular e-waste quantity, pollution control measures to be taken etc.(Representative image)
These waste collection centres need to comply with the CPCB guidelines related to the minimum area required for particular e-waste quantity, pollution control measures to be taken etc.(Representative image)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 03:19 PM IST
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By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: India produced over 45k tonnes of Covid biomedical waste

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
According to a Central Pollution Control Board report, India produced 45,308 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste between June 2020 and May 10, 2021 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
According to a Central Pollution Control Board report, India produced 45,308 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste between June 2020 and May 10, 2021 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2021 08:59 AM IST
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Air panel won’t resume ‘for now’, CPCB is in focus

  • The job of tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR will once again be entrusted to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control boards (SPCBs), according to the central government.
The ordinance on the pollution commission lapsed on March 12, five months after being launched. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The ordinance on the pollution commission lapsed on March 12, five months after being launched. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 08:45 AM IST
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By, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air 'poor' in Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Gurugram

The AQI for each city is based on the average value of all monitoring stations there.
An overall AQI of 252 was measured on Sunday, which was in the poor category after two days of moderate quality air. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
An overall AQI of 252 was measured on Sunday, which was in the poor category after two days of moderate quality air. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 07, 2021 08:12 PM IST
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'Habitual offender': Centre, Haryana blame Delhi for polluting Yamuna

  • This is the second time the apex court is suo moto examining pollution in river Yamuna.
A boatman wades through toxic foam floating on the river Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi ((Manvender Vashist/PTI))
A boatman wades through toxic foam floating on the river Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi ((Manvender Vashist/PTI))
Updated on Jan 19, 2021 07:32 PM IST
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Plastic pens covered under Plastic Waste Management Rules, says NGT

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to coordinate with the state PCBs and State Level Monitoring Committees on EPR.
"Even though pen is not specifically mentioned under the rules, the same is certainly covered by definition of 'plastic' under Rule 3 (o) of the Plastic Waste Management Rule, 2016. Thus, pen is also covered by the statutory framework," the bench said.(Twitter/pinklizardpromo. Representative image)
Updated on Jan 14, 2021 02:27 PM IST
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Delhi AQI deteriorates slightly; rainfall likely to continue in parts of city

Since Monday, air quality index has remained in moderate zone; on Monday, it was 151 and rose to 171 on Wednesday
The Delhi-Noida border.(File photo)
The Delhi-Noida border.(File photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 08:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

Pollution control boards slap Rs 2.76 crore fine for violating air pollution norms in NCR

The Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas had directed to constitute special teams and launch inspection drives at construction sites in NCR.
File photo: Waves of dust blows from an under-construction site in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
File photo: Waves of dust blows from an under-construction site in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 07:56 PM IST
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Air slips into severe zone, city witnesses first smog episode

Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) recordings show that the concentration of PM 2.5 (particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 micrometres) started rising from Thursday midnight and reached above the 300ug/m3 mark.
A man crosses the road at Tilak Marg, near ITO, on Friday when the capital witnessed dense fog.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A man crosses the road at Tilak Marg, near ITO, on Friday when the capital witnessed dense fog.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 01:16 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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Delhi’s air quality dips further, touches ‘severe’ zone

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data shows that Delhi’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday was 418 as of 4pm, down sharply from 332 (very poor) on Monday.
A visitor feeding the geese at Sanjay Lake amid fog and cold weather in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
A visitor feeding the geese at Sanjay Lake amid fog and cold weather in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 01:35 AM IST
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Delhi pollution continues to rise, temperature set to drop further

CPCB data shows that the overall AQI reading of Delhi on Monday was 332, in the "very poor" category
On Sunday, the minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung observatory was 3.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s normal. This was the lowest recording for the season.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
On Sunday, the minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung observatory was 3.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s normal. This was the lowest recording for the season.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 09:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Construction and demolition waste vehicles to fit cameras, GPS

Documents accessed by HT showed that the policy was approved by chief secretary Vijay Dev on Thursday and an order making the rules public is likely to be issued this week by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
The rule, aimed at curbing unlawful C&D waste disposal, will also make it compulsory for such vehicles, which will be tracked in real-time, to get a separate registration certificate from the civic bodies for operations.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
The rule, aimed at curbing unlawful C&D waste disposal, will also make it compulsory for such vehicles, which will be tracked in real-time, to get a separate registration certificate from the civic bodies for operations.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 06:08 AM IST
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Light rain in parts of Delhi-NCR; air quality worsens

The average wind speed in Delhi is likely to remain around 8-10kmph on Saturday and Sunday, which means that the air quality is likely to remain in the “poor” zone till Monday
A man with his head covered in a piece of cloth, seen outside the New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A man with his head covered in a piece of cloth, seen outside the New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 12, 2020 09:38 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Strong winds improve Delhi air quality, AQI in poor category

Delhi is expected to breathe clean air at least till December 13. The AQI will continue to improve and is likely to reach the moderate range by Saturday
Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

Moderate fog today as well; Delhi’s AQI in poor category

Though moisture has reduced, the wind speed did not pick up much, therefore, no significant improvement was seen in the air quality
The fog was much denser, also because of the increase of concentration of pollutants in the air at Delhi-Noida border, on Tuesday.(File photo)
The fog was much denser, also because of the increase of concentration of pollutants in the air at Delhi-Noida border, on Tuesday.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 08:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

CPCB tells Delhi govt to quickly redress pollution complaints

CPCB has issued three directions to Delhi government under section 5, which gives the anti-pollution agency powers to issue directions in writing to any person, officer or any authority who shall be bound to comply with such directions.
As per the notice, of the 3,094 complaints lodged on Sameer app between October 7 and November 18, only 34% have been redressed and of the 784 complaints lodged on social media during the same period, only 24% have been addressed.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
As per the notice, of the 3,094 complaints lodged on Sameer app between October 7 and November 18, only 34% have been redressed and of the 784 complaints lodged on social media during the same period, only 24% have been addressed.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 05, 2020 03:11 AM IST
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CPCB issues notice to Delhi government for immediate action against local pollution

Out of 3,094 complaints lodged on Sameer app during October 7 and November 18, only 34% of the complaints have been redressed so far
The CPCB has issued three directions to Delhi government to redress complaints on Sameer app.(HT file photo)
The CPCB has issued three directions to Delhi government to redress complaints on Sameer app.(HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

Delhi AQI continues to stay in very poor category

Government agencies have forecast a deterioration in air quality from December 4 onwards; a shallow fog in the morning is also expected on December 4-5
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility, in New Delhi.(File photo)
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility, in New Delhi.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 08:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

Local emissions, weather push air to ‘very poor’ zone

According to government agencies, it is likely to remain there throughout the week owing to the wind speed calming down and wind patterns changing in the coming days.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI on Tuesday was 367, even worse than Monday’s 318, though both are in the very poor category.(AP file photo)
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI on Tuesday was 367, even worse than Monday’s 318, though both are in the very poor category.(AP file photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 07:15 AM IST
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Pollution in November 2020 up from last year, shows CPCB data

An analysis of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) air quality data shows that the monthly average air quality index (AQI) this November was 327.9, as compared to 312.2 in November 2019.
This November saw nine ‘severe’ air quality days, as compared to seven last year. Also this year, Delhi had six consecutive ‘severe’ days from November 5-10, the longest ‘severe’ spell seen in the city since 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
This November saw nine ‘severe’ air quality days, as compared to seven last year. Also this year, Delhi had six consecutive ‘severe’ days from November 5-10, the longest ‘severe’ spell seen in the city since 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 01, 2020 12:30 AM IST
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Severe to moderate in two days: Winds clean Delhi air

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data shows that Delhi’s overall AQI on Friday was 137, considered to be in the moderate zone.
An AQI in the range of 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’.(ANI)
An AQI in the range of 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’.(ANI)
Updated on Nov 28, 2020 12:50 AM IST
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Weather comes to Delhi’s rescue, winds flush out pollution

The air quality may improve to the ‘poor’ category by Friday and continue to remain so at least over the next three days, government agencies have forecast.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4 pm bulletin, the average AQI stood at 302 compared to 413 on Wednesday and 379 on Tuesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4 pm bulletin, the average AQI stood at 302 compared to 413 on Wednesday and 379 on Tuesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 02:01 AM IST
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Delhi AQI improves marginally, reaches very poor zone

Low wind speed and high moisture content in the air had resulted in the emergency levels of pollution on Wednesday
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility due to smog, in New Delhi on November 25.(PTI)
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility due to smog, in New Delhi on November 25.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 08:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

Delhi NCR in a chokehold of its own emissions

The 24-hour air quality index in Delhi was 413 according to the 4pm bulletin by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and the concentration of fine PM10 particles and ultra-fine PM2.5 particles were close breaching the emergency thresholds.
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility due to smog, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Vehicles ply at Vijay Chowk amid low visibility due to smog, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 01:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVatsala Shrangi and Soumya Pillai, New Delhi:

Air ‘severe’ in Noida, Ghaziabad; ‘very poor’ in Faridabad

Noida had its air quality in the “severe” category on November 15, a day after Diwali, when large parts of the National Capital Region recorded high pollution.   Presence of PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollutants also remained high in the five neighbouring cities of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2020 11:12 PM IST
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