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Members of the Presidential Guard rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade on a winter morning at Rajpath in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Delhi air toxic for third straight day

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 04:06 AM IST
The conditions led several experts to question what the newly formed Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in Delhi-NCR had achieved in mitigating the crisis, and what it was doing differently from the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, or EPCA, that it effectively replaced.
A view of Rajpath engulfed in thick haze amid rising air pollution levels, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of Rajpath engulfed in thick haze amid rising air pollution levels, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

As Delhi battles bad air, new commission to fight pollution still to be formed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 02:54 AM IST
As Delhi’s air on Thursday deteriorated to its worst level in a year, a newly announced commission to replace the Supreme Court-appointed environment pollution control authority (Epca) was yet to take shape amid concerns over the implementation of urgent measures for pollution control action.
A skywalk near the Delhi-Meerut expressway on Friday(Reuters Photo)
A skywalk near the Delhi-Meerut expressway on Friday(Reuters Photo)

Air quality still ‘very poor’; watchdog will take shape next week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 05:04 AM IST
With the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (Epca) disbanded, and the Commission yet to be constituted, no body is mandated to take and implement region-wise decisions to tackle a spike in pollution levels in the interim.
Green firecrackers on sale at a shop near Jama Masjid on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Green firecrackers on sale at a shop near Jama Masjid on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Enforcement under new ordinance could be tricky, warn experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 05:32 AM IST
The ordinance says polluters in Delhi-NCR can be fined up to Rs1 crore and/or face imprisonment up to a term of five years for violations.
Children playing football on a hazy morning in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Children playing football on a hazy morning in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Air pollution: New law, new hope, old challenges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Legal experts said the commission may not be able to do much more than what Epca was already doing.
A man exercises at India Gate amid rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A man exercises at India Gate amid rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Centre brings new law to tackle NCR air crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi and Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:06 AM IST
The new commission replaces all ad-hoc committees and bodies created under court orders, including the SC-appointed environment pollution control authority (Epca), which was tasked with overseeing air pollution control in NCR since 1998.
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

CAQM: Stronger body, but some gaps remain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Navroz K Dubash, Shibani Ghosh and Santosh Harish
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:40 AM IST
CAQM’s creation is not a trivial change, and almost certainly represents a step-up from Epca. A new commission, with full-time members and dedicated staff, is likely to help address the problem of intermittent focus on air quality.
A water tanker spraying water on the road to control dust and pollution at a construction site near Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
A water tanker spraying water on the road to control dust and pollution at a construction site near Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

‘New body shows govt intent’: Epca bows out with grace after 22 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai and Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:04 AM IST
While the Epca members put up a brave face, officials in the Delhi government said the body was an appointed by the SC, which meant that all action taken by them was monitored by the apex court.
Listing the actions taken by EPCA to tackle pollution levels in the region and the impact of those actions, the members said that there were some initiatives that the monitoring body was overseeing and now that the Central commission had taken over, their implementation could be continued to ensure long term solutions for air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Listing the actions taken by EPCA to tackle pollution levels in the region and the impact of those actions, the members said that there were some initiatives that the monitoring body was overseeing and now that the Central commission had taken over, their implementation could be continued to ensure long term solutions for air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Move shows determination of government to mitigate pollution: EPCA writes to Prakash Javadekar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 03:57 PM IST
The commission for air quality management in the national capital region and adjoining area ordinance has replaced the 22-year-old pollution monitoring body
The new commission will have appropriate powers which can act against air pollution on a war footing.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
The new commission will have appropriate powers which can act against air pollution on a war footing.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Air pollution: Centre issues ordinance to form new commission to replace EPCA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:28 PM IST
The commission has an objective of implementing a consolidated approach to monitoring, tackling and eliminating causes of air pollution in Delhi-NCR by coordinating with state governments
Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)
Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)

Delhi pollution: Plans on paper, and poison in the air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:24 AM IST
Starting October 15, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (Epca), enforced several preventive measures listed under the “very poor” category, including banning diesel generator sets, starting mechanised sweeping, and closely monitoring the garbage burning ban, among other steps.
A rise in air pollution level due to undergoing construction work, at Aerocity - T3, IGI Airport, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A rise in air pollution level due to undergoing construction work, at Aerocity - T3, IGI Airport, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Epca directs strict ban diesel gensets from Oct 15, pollution at construction sites to be monitored

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 07:42 AM IST
The chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), which is tasked with control and prevention of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, has issued a “most urgent” directive to the chief secretary, Haryana, as well as the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, on Thursday evening after a meeting.
Epca chief Bhure Lal(File photo)
Epca chief Bhure Lal(File photo)

Focus on on-ground implementation, Epca tells Delhi govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:06 AM IST
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (Epca) on Monday said that the action plan launched by the Delhi government to combat winter pollution was welcome.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport is not running at optimal capacity. The government needs to find a way to increase the frequency of public transport so that vehicular emissions are limited.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport is not running at optimal capacity. The government needs to find a way to increase the frequency of public transport so that vehicular emissions are limited.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Delhi government’s plan of action to curb pollution in winter: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 02:10 PM IST
Pollution levels in Delhi are also affected due to a rise in pollution in neighbouring states and satellite towns
Almost 30 lakh old vehicles will require HSRPs and the fuel-based colour stickers. Various auto makers have appointed a vendor for HSRPs and the plates can booked online.(Representational Photo)
Almost 30 lakh old vehicles will require HSRPs and the fuel-based colour stickers. Various auto makers have appointed a vendor for HSRPs and the plates can booked online.(Representational Photo)

Delhi transport dept urges owners of older vehicles to fix HSRPs, fuel stickers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 01:37 PM IST
HSRPs and colour-coded stickers are mandatory for all vehicles registered in Delhi and action can be taken against owners who fail to do so under motor vehicle rules
Pollution in Delhi typically begins to rise in October.
Pollution in Delhi typically begins to rise in October.

EPCA asks agencies to jointly patrol industrial areas to check pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 03:46 AM IST
EPCA also asked the government and civic agencies to make plans for removal of garbage, construction and demolition waste from these spots and ensure that vacant plot of lands were not used for dumping waste or garbage and also that it is not burnt.
Delhi government data shows that in 2019, stubble burning in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana accounted for 44% of air pollution in the national capital.
Delhi government data shows that in 2019, stubble burning in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana accounted for 44% of air pollution in the national capital.

EPCA writes to Punjab and Haryana to act against stubble burning

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 03:49 AM IST
Delhi government data shows that in 2019, stubble burning accounted for 44% of air pollution in the national capital.
The RFID system is already working at 13 toll points in Delhi. There are total 124 toll points in Delhi.(Hindustan Times)
The RFID system is already working at 13 toll points in Delhi. There are total 124 toll points in Delhi.(Hindustan Times)

SC seeks plan to install RFID at all toll points in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 01:42 AM IST
According to the EPCA report, the entry of commercial vehicles at 13 entry points has reduced from a maximum of 38,000 per day to 3,000 per day after the introduction of ECC and RFID system.
Supreme Court has mandated municipal corporations and state pollution boards to upload data(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court has mandated municipal corporations and state pollution boards to upload data(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Upload Covid-19 waste disposal data on app, says top court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:39 AM IST
The move comes after a direction by the Supreme Court last week, based on a slew of recommendations by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) that flagged the need for tracking and monitoring the biomedical waste as most of it went untreated after getting mixed with general waste.
The report is based on the data shared by the Central Pollution Control Board and state pollution control boards of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Rajasthan(AP)
The report is based on the data shared by the Central Pollution Control Board and state pollution control boards of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Rajasthan(AP)

Better segregation of biomedical waste needed: EPCA

Hindustan Times | By Vatsala Shrangi and Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 07:10 AM IST
The report stated that the volume of waste generated in June was marginally higher, 372.47 tonnes per day, but this was because biomedical waste from patients in home isolation and quarantine centres was not segregated and so general waste was mixed with it.

EPCA chief Bhure Lal calls out ‘delayed action’ against polluting activities

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 11:01 PM IST
SC-mandated EPCA is the enforcing body for Graded Response Action Plan that defines specific measures to tackle different levels of air pollution throughout the year.
The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA can take suo moto action on complaints, take steps to ensure compliance with vehicle standards, and enter, inspect and seize material from premises of polluters.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)
The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA can take suo moto action on complaints, take steps to ensure compliance with vehicle standards, and enter, inspect and seize material from premises of polluters.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose)

Lack of funds, staff hamper SC-backed pollution monitoring agency’s work powers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 11:09 AM IST
The EPCA has very few active members and lacks dedicated central funding. At best, it can request for vehicles or a couple of support staff from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Priyanka Chopra finds it difficult to shoot in Delhi.
Priyanka Chopra finds it difficult to shoot in Delhi.

Priyanka Chopra claims it’s hard to shoot in Delhi smog, says ‘We are blessed with air purifiers and masks, pray for the homeless’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 09:23 AM IST
Priyanka Chopra is in Delhi for the shoot of her Netflix film, The White Tiger, but has expressed how difficult it is to shoot in such conditions.
Children sitting with their faces covered by masks, New Delhi, November 1, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Children sitting with their faces covered by masks, New Delhi, November 1, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Pollution control body declares public health emergency in Delhi-NCR, bans construction till Nov 5

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 06:23 PM IST
The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further Thursday night and is now at the severe plus level, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.
A view of the moving metro as smog engulfs the Delhi skyline.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A view of the moving metro as smog engulfs the Delhi skyline.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

CPCB says let employees work from home, carpool to work to curb air pollution in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai and Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 05:25 AM IST
Schools should also provide transport to students to avoid the bunching of private vehicles outside, said CPCB member secretary Prashant Gargava.
Till last year, the ban on diesel gensets was applicable only in Delhi, since NCR towns faced frequent power cuts that impacted essential utilities, such as elevators in high rises.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)
Till last year, the ban on diesel gensets was applicable only in Delhi, since NCR towns faced frequent power cuts that impacted essential utilities, such as elevators in high rises.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)

‘Poor power supply no excuse to run gensets’: NGT to Haryana discom

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Dhananjay Jha
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 10:00 AM IST
The Haryana government had on Tuesday requested Epca to exempt certain residential and commercial areas of Gurugram from the ban on diesel generators.
Delhi's air quality levels have plunged to "poor," a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. Image used for representation(AP photo)
Delhi's air quality levels have plunged to "poor," a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. Image used for representation(AP photo)

Farm fires down, but pollution continues to peak in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 11:24 PM IST
Experts have blamed the dip in the capital’s air quality mainly on local factors such as construction and road dust, and garbage burning that need to be reined in urgently.
Delhi’s pollution control body says that the drones will be effective in checking cases of garbage burning, stack pollution (industrial emissions) and dumping of construction debris.(Sakilb Ali / HT File)
Delhi’s pollution control body says that the drones will be effective in checking cases of garbage burning, stack pollution (industrial emissions) and dumping of construction debris.(Sakilb Ali / HT File)

Delhi pollution body plans to use drones to strengthen monitoring

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 09:19 AM IST
In Delhi, the drones can only be used with permissions. Even with permissions, certain restrictions such as flying only during day time and within a height of 50 feet, needs to be followed.
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar earlier on Monday said the Delhi-NCR region was likely to have a better pre-winter period this year since several steps to combat such factors had been taken.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar earlier on Monday said the Delhi-NCR region was likely to have a better pre-winter period this year since several steps to combat such factors had been taken.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Bad air measures kick in next week to check spike

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 05:12 AM IST
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’, as per norms laid down by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Long traffic jams and scuffles between truck drivers and toll tax staff were witnessed at all 13 border entry points of Delhi on Saturday(HT Photo)
Long traffic jams and scuffles between truck drivers and toll tax staff were witnessed at all 13 border entry points of Delhi on Saturday(HT Photo)

Chaos at toll points after EPCA orders for cashless recharge of RFID tags

New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 06:55 AM IST
A month after the use of RFID tags was made mandatory, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the nodal agency to implement the RFID project, said that only 14,654 commercial vehicles — as against over three lakh tags sold — were using the tag to enter the national capital.
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