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A boatman wades through toxic foam floating on the river Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi ((Manvender Vashist/PTI))

'Habitual offender': Centre, Haryana blame Delhi for polluting Yamuna

By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:32 PM IST
  • This is the second time the apex court is suo moto examining pollution in river Yamuna.
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"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)
"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)

Plastic pens covered under Plastic Waste Management Rules, says NGT

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:27 PM IST
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.
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The Delhi-Noida border.(File photo)
The Delhi-Noida border.(File photo)

Delhi AQI deteriorates slightly; rainfall likely to continue in parts of city

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:34 AM IST
Since Monday, air quality index has remained in moderate zone; on Monday, it was 151 and rose to 171 on Wednesday
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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)

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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:56 PM IST
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.
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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)

Air slips into severe zone, city witnesses first smog episode

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:16 AM IST
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.
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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)

Air pollution: CAQM’s role is still hazy

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:29 PM IST
There is still confusion about which agency has what sort of role in combating the problem.
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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)

Delhi’s air quality dips further, touches ‘severe’ zone

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 01:35 AM IST
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.
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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)

Delhi pollution continues to rise, temperature set to drop further

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:29 AM IST
CPCB data shows that the overall AQI reading of Delhi on Monday was 332, in the "very poor" category
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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)

Construction and demolition waste vehicles to fit cameras, GPS

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 06:08 AM IST
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).
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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)

Light rain in parts of Delhi-NCR; air quality worsens

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:38 AM IST
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
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

Strong winds improve Delhi air quality, AQI in poor category

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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
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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)

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

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:11 AM IST
Though moisture has reduced, the wind speed did not pick up much, therefore, no significant improvement was seen in the air quality
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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)

CPCB tells Delhi govt to quickly redress pollution complaints

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 03:11 AM IST
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.
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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)

CPCB issues notice to Delhi government for immediate action against local pollution

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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
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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)

Delhi AQI continues to stay in very poor category

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:27 AM IST
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
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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)

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

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:15 AM IST
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.
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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)

Pollution in November 2020 up from last year, shows CPCB data

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 12:30 AM IST
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.
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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)

Severe to moderate in two days: Winds clean Delhi air

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data shows that Delhi’s overall AQI on Friday was 137, considered to be in the moderate zone.
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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)

Weather comes to Delhi’s rescue, winds flush out pollution

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:01 AM IST
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.
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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)

Delhi AQI improves marginally, reaches very poor zone

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 08:32 AM IST
Low wind speed and high moisture content in the air had resulted in the emergency levels of pollution on Wednesday
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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)

Delhi NCR in a chokehold of its own emissions

By Vatsala Shrangi and Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:02 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Noida
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:12 PM IST
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).
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Big trouble for coal fired power plants?

UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:19 PM IST
Many new chimneys will spit acid and power plants will have to reduce capacity to prevent environmental disaster.
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Representational Image.
Representational Image.

As temperature drops, Patna’s air quality also deteriorates

By Megha | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:18 AM IST
According to the CPCB bulletin, the overall AQI of Patna, based on six monitoring stations across the city, stood at 292 which was classified as poor.
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A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Punjab’s Rupnagar district earlier in October 7.(File photo)
A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Punjab’s Rupnagar district earlier in October 7.(File photo)

Stubble fires spiked in Punjab this year, dropped in Haryana, shows CPCB data

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:31 AM IST
In 2020, all the districts of Punjab except SBS Nagar have shown an upward trend in fire counts and have witnessed the lack of ground level implementation of the Centrally supported in-situ mechanisation scheme for crop stubble management
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An EDMC vehicle sprinkles water over a road at Ghazipur to contain pollution, in New Delhi on November 23.(PTI)
An EDMC vehicle sprinkles water over a road at Ghazipur to contain pollution, in New Delhi on November 23.(PTI)

At 401, Delhi’s air quality slips into severe category

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:32 AM IST
On Tuesday, the city’s air quality index (AQI) had settled at 379, in very poor zone, according to the 24-hour rolling average of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings at 4pm
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The average AQI last Sunday was 448 in Ghaziabad, 441 in Noida, 417 in Greater Noida, 425 in Gurgaon and 414 in Faridabad.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The average AQI last Sunday was 448 in Ghaziabad, 441 in Noida, 417 in Greater Noida, 425 in Gurgaon and 414 in Faridabad.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Air quality ‘poor’ in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Noida
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 10:25 PM IST
Presence of pollutant PM 2.5 also remained high in the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
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Scientists said this was proof of how important it was necessary to have more air quality monitoring at a local level and across the city.(ANI file photo)
Scientists said this was proof of how important it was necessary to have more air quality monitoring at a local level and across the city.(ANI file photo)

IIT-K’s air quality sensors highlight the need for hyper-local air quality monitoring

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:37 AM IST
Data from 30 hyper-local air quality sensors installed across Delhi show the role of local factors such as vehicular movement, local fires on the air quality and how it changes every few kilometres.
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People walk in the rain near India Gate, in New Delhi on November 15.(PTI)
People walk in the rain near India Gate, in New Delhi on November 15.(PTI)

Strong winds, rain improve Delhi AQI to moderate

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 08:45 AM IST
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, at 6 am, the hourly average Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was 162
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From recording severe AQIs of 414 and 435 on Saturday and Sunday—Diwali and the day after Diwali—the gusty wind helped in what was the maximum post-Diwali dispersion since 2015.(PTI file photo)
From recording severe AQIs of 414 and 435 on Saturday and Sunday—Diwali and the day after Diwali—the gusty wind helped in what was the maximum post-Diwali dispersion since 2015.(PTI file photo)

Rain and winds help Delhi breathe a little easy

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 12:58 AM IST
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data shows that the overall air quality index of the national capital on Monday was 221, in the poor category. At 7pm on Monday, Delhi’s AQI had reached the moderate zone, with an AQI value of 199 , according to CPCB.
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