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A view of India Gate blanketed in heavy haze in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)

CSE study identifies 14 new pollution hot spots in Delhi-NCR

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 07:45 AM IST
The CSE also said that lockdowns improved the air quality in Delhi-NCR this year as well but not as effectively as last year due to the 2021 curbs being shorter and lesser stringent.
A cloudy sky seen from Connaught Place during a Covid-19 lockdown in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
A cloudy sky seen from Connaught Place during a Covid-19 lockdown in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

Lockdown pollution higher in 2021 than last year: Study

By Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2021 05:04 AM IST
  • The think tank said that the imposition of a partial lockdown (from April 6 to April 19) lowered PM2.5 levels by 20% in Delhi, while the complete lockdown (from April 20 onwards) brought the average pollution levels further down by 12%.
A boatman wades through toxic foam floating on the river Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on November 1. (PTI Photo)
A boatman wades through toxic foam floating on the river Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on November 1. (PTI Photo)

Govt plans round table meeting to brainstorm long-term pollution control plan

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 02:30 AM IST
The government said after the meeting, officials would engage in the formulation of the action plan based on the advice given by experts.
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)

Air panel won’t resume ‘for now’, CPCB is in focus

By Soumya Pillai, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 08:45 AM IST
  • 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 problem of air pollution in India is largely focused around the national capital, Delhi, high concentrations of PM 2.5 (ultrafine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 micrometres) are recorded in the entire Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) , especially during the winter season.( Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)
The problem of air pollution in India is largely focused around the national capital, Delhi, high concentrations of PM 2.5 (ultrafine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 micrometres) are recorded in the entire Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) , especially during the winter season.( Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)

22 of 30 most polluted cities in India: Report

By Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 02:43 AM IST
  • Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh was the most polluted with the average annual PM 2.5 levels of 106.6ug/m3, making it the second most polluted city in the world after Hotan in China (110.2 ug/m3).
A commuter crossing Vande Mataram Marg on a foggy morning in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
A commuter crossing Vande Mataram Marg on a foggy morning in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

Air we breathe: Delhi tops list of most polluted capitals for 3rd year

By Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 05:05 AM IST
Delhi was also ranked the 10th most polluted of the 50 cities from where data was analysed. Of the top 30, 22 were located in India.
Traffic congestion at Khoda-Ghazipur on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Traffic congestion at Khoda-Ghazipur on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

News updates from HT: Ghazipur border reopens for traffic after 48 days

UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 09:03 AM IST
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PM6 levels below 40 µg/m3 and PM10 levels below 100 µg/m3 are considered safe in India. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
PM6 levels below 40 µg/m3 and PM10 levels below 100 µg/m3 are considered safe in India. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Survey shows average levels of pollutants in Delhi in 2020 lowest in seven years

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:41 PM IST
Government data also showed that average levels of the major pollutants in the city have been decreasing steadily over the years.
A view from Rajpath on a hazy morning, near India Gate in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
A view from Rajpath on a hazy morning, near India Gate in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

News updates in HT: CSE study shows 8 out 10 most polluted cities in NCR, UP

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:02 AM IST
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“Wind speed during day time is around 10kmph, but they are mostly calm during the evening. This is why we are not seeing any improvement in air quality. We are unlikely to record any significant improvement in the coming days either,” said VK Soni, scientist at IMD’s air quality division.(PTI)
“Wind speed during day time is around 10kmph, but they are mostly calm during the evening. This is why we are not seeing any improvement in air quality. We are unlikely to record any significant improvement in the coming days either,” said VK Soni, scientist at IMD’s air quality division.(PTI)

‘Poor’ air in Delhi; IMD says mercury to hit 30°C again this week

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 03:10 AM IST
On Monday the maximum temperature was 28.9°C, four degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature was 11°C, which is the normal mercury level for this time of year.
People at India Gate lawns, amid hazy weather conditions, in New Delhi. Pollution level in the national capital remains in the 'severe category.(PTI)
People at India Gate lawns, amid hazy weather conditions, in New Delhi. Pollution level in the national capital remains in the 'severe category.(PTI)

Govt forms seven-member expert group to draw up long-term pollution action plan

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 03:47 AM IST
“An action plan will be prepared, after discussing the suggestions received at the round table conference with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal,” the environment minister said.
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters)
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters)

News updates from HT: Key Delhi borders remain closed due to farmers' protests

PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 08:51 AM IST
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(HT file)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(HT file)

Delhi govt to collaborate with IITs, TERI for monitoring of pollution sources

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Delhi govt to collaborate with IITs, TERI for real-time monitoring of pollution sources
A senior official of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said the team of scientists, headed by professor Mukesh Sharma, civil engineering department, IIT-Kanpur, has given a presentation on the technology.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
A senior official of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said the team of scientists, headed by professor Mukesh Sharma, civil engineering department, IIT-Kanpur, has given a presentation on the technology.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Govt to monitor pollution sources in real time: Delhi CM Kejriwal

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:23 AM IST
Kejriwal said, “IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and Teri have developed technology for real-time source apportionment of pollution. Had a meeting with their experts. If we know source of pollution on real-time basis, it will help us take immediate action (sic).”
A woman out on a foggy winter morning at Kirti Nagar in New Delhi on January 12. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
A woman out on a foggy winter morning at Kirti Nagar in New Delhi on January 12. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

How commuters are exposed to pollution

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:48 AM IST
The study revealed that people who travelled in the open air - those who took autorickshaws and pedestrians - were the most exposed to pollution.
The assessment of the water quality in April as compared to the pre-lockdown period in March showed improvement at Palla, where the river enters Delhi. (PTI File)
The assessment of the water quality in April as compared to the pre-lockdown period in March showed improvement at Palla, where the river enters Delhi. (PTI File)

Govt says lockdown led to improvement in river Yamuna's water quality

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:34 PM IST
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) carried out water quality tests at three locations -- Palla, Nizamuddin bridge and Okhla -- in April last year.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the "Switch Delhi" campaign aimed at decreasing pollution. (HT_PRINT)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the "Switch Delhi" campaign aimed at decreasing pollution. (HT_PRINT)

Kejriwal launches 'Switch Delhi' campaign to fight air pollution

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 04:22 PM IST
Delhi government has rolled out incentives on the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) among all the states.
As many as 1,644 industrial units, spread across 50 industrial areas, had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). (Representative image)(Stock Image: Pexels)
As many as 1,644 industrial units, spread across 50 industrial areas, had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). (Representative image)(Stock Image: Pexels)

All industrial units in Delhi operating on cleaner fuels: DPCC

PTI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:09 PM IST
The Commission had earlier asked the DPCC to identify the industries using unapproved fuels and take stringent penal action in case of non-compliance.
This was stated by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) in an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court.(AP)
This was stated by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) in an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court.(AP)

States will file regular reports on polluting vehicles: Centre to SC

By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 04:43 AM IST
The reports should be submitted every two months to the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas, the body set up by the Union government.
Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Dense fog rolls on to National Highway-24(NH24) in New Delhi on January 14. Cold wave conditions are expected to continue in Delhi-NCR for at least the next four days, according to scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while pollution levels are likely to further worsen and may even reach the “severe” zone in the coming days.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Plastic burning main cause behind reduced visibility in Delhi: IIT Madras study

PTI |
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:03 PM IST
Many studies in the past have identified particulate matter or aerosol particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometre (PM2.5) as a major pollutant, responsible for haze and fog formation over Indo-Gangetic plain, including Delhi.
A motorcycle cuts through the dense fog near Pusa Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A motorcycle cuts through the dense fog near Pusa Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi air ‘severe’ for the sixth time in 19 days

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:12 AM IST
VK Soni, head of IMD’s environment monitoring and research centre, said after the fog layer lifted, wind speed picked up and dispersion of pollutants started. The impact of this ventilation would be seen on Wednesday, when the average AQI is expected to climb down to the ”very poor” zone.
The Delhi government has also introduced a similar concept in 2015, calling it ‘car free day’ where in some roads of the city private vehicles were not allowed to ply for selected days.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The Delhi government has also introduced a similar concept in 2015, calling it ‘car free day’ where in some roads of the city private vehicles were not allowed to ply for selected days.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘No Car Sunday’ organised in Connaught Place

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:00 AM IST
The campaign called, ‘No Car Sunday’, which was first started by a group of teenage environment activists as a local initiative to discourage neighbours from using their cars for one day of the week to help reduce vehicular emissions in the national capital.
Central Pollution Control Board recordings show that the overall air quality index of Delhi on Saturday was 407, in the ‘severe’ zone, as against the 460 recorded on Friday(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)
Central Pollution Control Board recordings show that the overall air quality index of Delhi on Saturday was 407, in the ‘severe’ zone, as against the 460 recorded on Friday(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)

Air ‘severe’ despite improved wind speeds

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:55 AM IST
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Friday forecasted that the air quality of Delhi was on its way to sliding into the ‘severe plus’ or ‘emergency’ levels on Saturday. Even though till 10am on Saturday, Delhi was engulfed in a thick blanket of fog.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings showed the overall air quality index (AQI) in the Capital at 460, deteriorating from Thursday’s 429
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings showed the overall air quality index (AQI) in the Capital at 460, deteriorating from Thursday’s 429

Delhi air in toxic zone, could get worse today

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:41 AM IST
Union ministry of earth science’s air quality monitoring centre, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), said the city-state was looking at the “first prolonged extreme air pollution event of 2021”.
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)

At 361, AQI in Delhi remains in very poor category

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 09:40 AM IST
IMD forecast said that dense fog was also likely early Sunday, which could reduce visibility levels drastically.
People at India Gate on a hazy afternoon in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
People at India Gate on a hazy afternoon in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

At 402, Delhi AQI breaches severe category again

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:39 AM IST
India Meteorological Department said stubble burning incidents are now negligible but local pollutants accumulated in the atmosphere have not been able to disperse because of unfavourable weather conditions.
Commuters on NH-24 during sunset on November 26.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Commuters on NH-24 during sunset on November 26.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi’s air continues to remain in poor category

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:49 AM IST
Scientists at IMD have forecast air quality to remain in the “poor” zone till November 30, after which it is expected to deteriorate.
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)

At 199, Delhi’s air remains in moderate zone

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:40 AM IST
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.
Government agencies forecast that the air quality could enter “severe” zone on Wednesday.(HT file photo)
Government agencies forecast that the air quality could enter “severe” zone on Wednesday.(HT file photo)

Delhi air quality may hit severe zone again

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondents, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:28 AM IST
The city’s air quality index (AQI) on Tuesday 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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