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Fire tenders douse the fire at Ghazipur landfill, in New Delhi on Sunday.(ANI)

EDMC to face strict action for Ghazipur landfill fire: Rai

UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 04:16 AM IST
Gopal Rai said the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) inspected the landfill and prepared a detailed report that showed lapses on the part of the EDMC.
Commuters also said that even at peak rush hours in the morning and evening, no traffic police official was stationed to manage congestion.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times (Representative image))
Commuters also said that even at peak rush hours in the morning and evening, no traffic police official was stationed to manage congestion.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times (Representative image))

Work delayed further, chaos at Ashram to persist for 3-4 months

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:15 AM IST
Ever since work began in December last year, the area has turned into a nightmare with the road reduced to widths barely wide enough for a bus, forcing people to navigate crumbling, cratered and often flooded roads amid plumes of dust, which also fills into nearby homes.
People buring firecrackers on Diwali in Pandav Nagar adding to the pollution in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
People buring firecrackers on Diwali in Pandav Nagar adding to the pollution in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Diwali pollution this year higher than 2019: DPCC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:50 AM IST
Delhi recorded an overall average AQI of 414 on Diwali day this year. Last year, it had recorded an average AQI of 337 on Diwali (October 27).
A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)
A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)

Delhi can’t fight pollution with the current institutional apparatus

PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:55 PM IST
The problem is that DPCC can’t do so because its team of environmental engineers and scientists are hugely overworked and the organisation is collapsing due to decades of poor management. This is not unique to Delhi — many state pollution control boards (SPCBs) face a similar crisis.
Green crackers on display at a shop ahead of Diwali, near Jama Masjid in New Delhi. Even green crackers have been banned in Delhi.(HT file)
Green crackers on display at a shop ahead of Diwali, near Jama Masjid in New Delhi. Even green crackers have been banned in Delhi.(HT file)

Delhi: Bursting or selling firecrackers could attract fine of up to Rs1 lakh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 03:26 PM IST
Minister Gopal Rai will convene a meeting with representatives from the environment department, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Delhi Police on Monday to chalk out a detailed action plan to enforce the ban
Green crackers launched by Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan at Anusandhan Bhavan in New Delhi on October 5, 2019.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Green crackers launched by Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan at Anusandhan Bhavan in New Delhi on October 5, 2019.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

260 applications for firecrackers licences received in Delhi, 138 get permission to sell

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shiv Sunny
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:52 AM IST
Pollution caused by firecrackers on Diwali night is a huge cause of concern in Delhi-NCR, with air quality plummeting to hazardous levels every year after the festival, which will be celebrated on November 14 this year.
In January this year, when the national capital experienced its worst spell of air, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed that PM2.5 levels in RK Puram went down by 42% compared to 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
In January this year, when the national capital experienced its worst spell of air, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed that PM2.5 levels in RK Puram went down by 42% compared to 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

How Delhi’s RK Puram improved its air quality

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 08:24 AM IST
This, officials said, was brought on by stricter enforcement of anti-pollution norms and better participation by residents and the general public.
Cars are seen on haze covered NH-24 road as air pollution level rises, near Akshardham Temple in New Delhi on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Cars are seen on haze covered NH-24 road as air pollution level rises, near Akshardham Temple in New Delhi on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

‘Can think about implementing odd-even if other measures fail’: Delhi environment minister on air pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 02:41 PM IST
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had last week implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan, a set of anti-pollution restrictions, to stop the air quality from deteriorating to emergency levels.
Air quality of a place depends on overall pollution load from sources such as industries and vehicles and the local weather conditions, which impact dispersion of pollutants.(PTI PHOTO.)
Air quality of a place depends on overall pollution load from sources such as industries and vehicles and the local weather conditions, which impact dispersion of pollutants.(PTI PHOTO.)

Delhi gets its baseline for pollution due to impact of Covid-19 lockdown

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 01:02 AM IST
The study is based on average pollution levels for the city before and during the Covid-19 lockdown that kicked in pan-India from March 25, halting factories, construction sites, almost all vehicular movement and some other local sources that pollute Delhi’s air
According to an official order, FICCI has been told to deposit the fine within 15 days.(HT Photo (Representative Image))
According to an official order, FICCI has been told to deposit the fine within 15 days.(HT Photo (Representative Image))

Delhi pollution control body imposes fine on FICCI for violating dust control norms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 03:07 PM IST
The DPCC had earlier asked FICCI to stop work at the demolition site. It is mandatory to install anti-smog guns at construction and demolition sites larger than 20,000 square meters, according to government guidelines.
A 2015 IIT-Kanpur study had found that waste burning is one of the primary contributors to air pollution in the Capital.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
A 2015 IIT-Kanpur study had found that waste burning is one of the primary contributors to air pollution in the Capital.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)

With Delhi’s pollution going up, watchdog begins to crack whip

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 04:47 AM IST
Epca had earlier this month asked DPCC to direct agencies to form an action plan to curb pollution at 13 hot spots in the city ahead of winter
Senior DPCC officials said licensed units, with adequate area for operation, proper equipment and waste processing facilities, are operating in NCR regions such as Greater Noida and Sonepat.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)
Senior DPCC officials said licensed units, with adequate area for operation, proper equipment and waste processing facilities, are operating in NCR regions such as Greater Noida and Sonepat.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)

DPCC shits down 18 polluting vehicle scrapping units in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 10:43 AM IST
Last year, a large number of such illegal units were shut down in Mayapuri, but reports were received that these units had reappeared
The sites inspected included areas underneath the bridges at Sarai Kale Khan, Mayur Vihar and the Signature Bridge.(HT Photo)
The sites inspected included areas underneath the bridges at Sarai Kale Khan, Mayur Vihar and the Signature Bridge.(HT Photo)

Debris dumped on plains altering Yamuna’s flow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 12:49 AM IST
According to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of 2015, any dumping of waste or debris on the Yamuna floodplains is banned and violators could be fined up to Rs50,000.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Subhash Chopra during an interview at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Subhash Chopra during an interview at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘It will be a repeat of Haryana’: Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 07:41 PM IST
Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 : Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra says much has changed since the 2015 polls, when the party failed to win a single seat. He feels the Congress will spring a surprise like it did in the Haryana assembly polls held last year.
A passenger plane seen in the sky amid smog, at Dwarka, in New Delhi, on Thursday, October 17, 2019.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
A passenger plane seen in the sky amid smog, at Dwarka, in New Delhi, on Thursday, October 17, 2019.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

Delhi’s Achilles heel: Eight spots with foulest air in national capital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai and Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 09:42 AM IST
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has identified 13 ‘hot spots’ where unchecked violations cause pollution to spike.
Delhi sees a spike in pollution levels during this time of the year owing to a change in meteorological conditions, combined with local emissions and the effects of crop residue burning in neighbouring states.(HT image)
Delhi sees a spike in pollution levels during this time of the year owing to a change in meteorological conditions, combined with local emissions and the effects of crop residue burning in neighbouring states.(HT image)

Delhi air quality very poor, feeling suffocated say residents

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 02:07 PM IST
The city has also reported a spike in respiratory problems and cough and eye infections among adults. “The pollution has increased in the past three days. I am feeling very suffocated.
A truck moves up a garbage mountain raising a large cloud of dust at Ghazipur dumping yard, adding to air pollution, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
A truck moves up a garbage mountain raising a large cloud of dust at Ghazipur dumping yard, adding to air pollution, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

DPCC fines govt departments, pvt entities Rs 2.25 crore for pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 11:49 AM IST
According to the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) directions, polluting activities such as dumping and burning of waste and open storage of construction material, among others, are prohibited.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has reinforced its drive against construction sites to control dust, which is a major source of the national capital’s air pollution during winter.(AP)
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has reinforced its drive against construction sites to control dust, which is a major source of the national capital’s air pollution during winter.(AP)

Drive launched to check dust pollution on roads, construction sites

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 11:22 PM IST
While the drive against construction dust is carried out throughout the year — as part of the Graded Response Action Plan — the efforts are stepped up during winter.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the authorities to take action against illegal dairies operating in the national capital.(Representative Image/HT File Phot o)
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the authorities to take action against illegal dairies operating in the national capital.(Representative Image/HT File Phot o)

Delhi High court orders action against illegal dairies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 12:58 AM IST
In an affidavit filed by the Delhi government’s animal husbandry department, the court was told that the local bodies had taken prompt action, including impounding and fining stray cattle, in the last eight months. The affidavit said that from January 1 to August 15, local bodies had sent 6,723 stray cattle to Gaushalas (cattle shelter).
Dikshit was heading the party’s operations in the city till her on July 20.(HT image)
Dikshit was heading the party’s operations in the city till her on July 20.(HT image)

Decision of Delhi Congress chief likely next month

New Delhi | By HT Correspodent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 01:18 AM IST
Senior party leaders said that All India Congress Committee (AICC) Delhi in-charge PC Chacko and the three Delhi Congress working presidents had met Congress’s interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday to discuss the party’s working in the state.
The Delhi High Court.(HT image)
The Delhi High Court.(HT image)

Steel unit in Delhi challenges closure notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 12:02 AM IST
Justice Vibhu Bakhru said DPCC will not take any steps to recover the EDC till next date of hearing, September 18. The court posted the matter to be heard with a bunch of other similar petitions.
The National Green Tribunal-appointed Yamuna pollution monitoring committee has directed all civic agencies to ensure blood of animals slaughtered in slaughter houses and during festivals doesn’t flow into the river.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
The National Green Tribunal-appointed Yamuna pollution monitoring committee has directed all civic agencies to ensure blood of animals slaughtered in slaughter houses and during festivals doesn’t flow into the river.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

NGT-panel asks civic agencies to stop blood from animal slaughter from flowing into Yamuna

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 01:24 AM IST
While the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has already issued such orders, the east and south corporation have been asked to take action on similar lines.
A National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed committee has directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to come up with a time-bound action plan to stop the flow of sewerage from the 134 drains which have not been tapped under the Interceptor Sewer Project(Hindustan Times)
A National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed committee has directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to come up with a time-bound action plan to stop the flow of sewerage from the 134 drains which have not been tapped under the Interceptor Sewer Project(Hindustan Times)

Stop flow of sewer water in drains: NGT to Delhi Jal Board

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 08:22 PM IST
The committee has also asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to carry out random checks on the untapped drains.
More than two lakh kilos of plastic waste, illegally dumped by plastic traders on a vacant land behind Majlis Park metro station at Jahangirpuri, were cleared on Saturday.(HT Photo (Representative Image))
More than two lakh kilos of plastic waste, illegally dumped by plastic traders on a vacant land behind Majlis Park metro station at Jahangirpuri, were cleared on Saturday.(HT Photo (Representative Image))

More than two lakh kilos of illegally dumped plastic cleared from Delhi’s Jahangirpuri

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 08:18 PM IST
More than 200 police personnel, 25 earth-moving machines and 40 trucks were deployed during the drive. The drive was conducted jointly by DPCC, police and the civic agency.
National Green Tribunal(PTI Photo)
National Green Tribunal(PTI Photo)

Summon polluters to court, make them pay: NGT body

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 05:31 PM IST
The committee members Shailaja Chandra and BS Sajwan, a former expert member of the NGT, said such steps have been taken before in a pollution related case.
(HT File Photo)
(HT File Photo)

Farmhouses can’t operate as banquet halls: Delhi High Court

New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 08:06 AM IST
The ruling came as the high court heard a plea by Manaktala Farms, through its owner, which challenged an order of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
Some were even found to install illegal bore wells to extract ground water to fill up their swimming pools. Some even didn’t have the mandatory ‘Consent to Operate’ and ‘Consent to Establish’ certificates of DPCC.(Hindustan Times)
Some were even found to install illegal bore wells to extract ground water to fill up their swimming pools. Some even didn’t have the mandatory ‘Consent to Operate’ and ‘Consent to Establish’ certificates of DPCC.(Hindustan Times)

DPCC sends closure notice to 21 farm houses for flouting green norms

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 12:03 AM IST
These farmhouses equipped with banquet halls, motels, swimming pools were located mostly in Rajokri and Mahipalpur areas along National Highway-8.
Sheila Dikshit was a three-time chief minister of Delhi.
Sheila Dikshit was a three-time chief minister of Delhi.

‘I love Delhi and that’s what has kept me going’: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 12:39 AM IST
Sheila Dikshit was fighting to revive the Congress party in the national capital until Friday, a day before she passed away.
2-day state mourning over Sheila Dikshit’s death(HT Photo)
2-day state mourning over Sheila Dikshit’s death(HT Photo)

Delhi govt declares 2-day state mourning over Sheila Dikshit’s death

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2019 07:09 PM IST
Informing about the decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “Delhi government has decided to declare two-day state mourning over the demise of former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.”
Workers at a C&D waste recycling plant in New Delhi. All such plants in the city are incurring losses.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)
Workers at a C&D waste recycling plant in New Delhi. All such plants in the city are incurring losses.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)

No payment to contractors if recycled building materials are not used: Delhi government

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2019 01:15 PM IST
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has been asked to come up with an order which would make the use of products made from recycled construction waste mandatory.
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