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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

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi:
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.
Delhi minister Gopal Rai. (ANI file photo)
Delhi minister Gopal Rai. (ANI file photo)

AAP to hold protest at Jantar Mantar over NCT bill, says minister

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Nilavro Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2021 05:21 PM IST
The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was tabled in the lower house of the parliament, where the Centre has a comfortable majority, on Monday by Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy.
These by-elections are going to write the future of Delhi for the next five years, Gopal Rai said.(ANI)
These by-elections are going to write the future of Delhi for the next five years, Gopal Rai said.(ANI)

AAP leader Gopal Rai confident of victory in MCD bypolls

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 08:06 PM IST
By-elections to five municipal wards will be held on February 28 and results will be declared on March 3.
Police deployed outside the residence of Delhi ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain on Friday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Police deployed outside the residence of Delhi ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain on Friday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

BJP protests outside houses of ministers, meets L-G over funds

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 02:57 AM IST
BJP workers also held demonstrations outside the residences of Delhi ministers Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gahlot, Rajender Pal Gautam and Imran Hussain.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai.(ANI File)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai.(ANI File)

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai tests positive for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 12:46 PM IST
Delhi, on Wednesday, reported fewer than 6,000 new cases of Covid-19, with over 50,000 tests being conducted for the first time since October-end. The city recorded 5,246 Covid-19 cases and 61,778 tests
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has tested Covid-19 positive.(PTI File Photo)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has tested Covid-19 positive.(PTI File Photo)

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai tests positive for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Delhi is currently witnessing the third wave of Covid-19 with the national capital’s infection tally up at 545,787, as on Wednesday evening.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)
Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)

Delhi govt asks Centre to use bio-decomoposer in Punjab, Haryana

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:59 AM IST
Gopal Rai said the bio-decomoposer used on 22,000 acres of land in Delhi turned 90% crop residue into manure within 15-20 days.
Around 4,000 saplings will have to be planted to compensate for the uprooted trees.(HT file photo)
Around 4,000 saplings will have to be planted to compensate for the uprooted trees.(HT file photo)

Delhi govt gives nod to transplant 400 trees for new Parliament

Hindustan Times, new Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:45 AM IST
As per the Delhi government’s transplantation policy, 80% of the transplanted trees must survive after a year. Besides, compensatory plantation has to be carried out by the agency undertaking the work.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai.(ANI File)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai.(ANI File)

Air quality management commission should consider using bio-decomposer for stubble: Delhi environment minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:23 PM IST
Gopal Rai said that high pollution levels from stubble burning have also contributed to a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the capital over the last 15 days
Delhi Environment minister Gopal Rai addresses during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI)
Delhi Environment minister Gopal Rai addresses during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI)

Air quality management commission should consider use of bio-decomposer for stubble: Rai

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 03:21 PM IST
During a press conference here, Rai said that a 15-member impact assessment committee has ascertained the effectiveness of the Pusa bio-decomposer solution in reducing stubble burning in the capital.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

BJP instigating people to burst firecrackers, alleges Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Addressing the media, Rai said, “We want to appeal to the opposition to support us in fighting pollution. I also want to appeal to the people to light lamps and not firecrackers.”
A Civil Defence volunteer holds a placard during 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign(PTI photo)
A Civil Defence volunteer holds a placard during 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign(PTI photo)

‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign in Delhi extended till Nov 30

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:27 PM IST
Delhi government on Wednesday extended the ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign till November 30 as the city struggles to breathe due to rising air pollution.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)

Centre’s timely intervention could have reduced pollution surge in Delhi: Gopal Rai

Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:18 PM IST
Justifying the ban imposed on bursting firecrackers during the on-going festive period in the city, the Delhi Minister said that the ban was necessary amidst rising pollution during the pandemic.
The minister said that the government has received 2,300 complaints on the “Green Delhi” mobile app so far, of which 1,346 have been resolved.(PTI)
The minister said that the government has received 2,300 complaints on the “Green Delhi” mobile app so far, of which 1,346 have been resolved.(PTI)

Delhi govt forms panel to assess impact of bio-decomposer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 12:01 AM IST
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Friday said the panel will have five MLAs, and officials from IARI and agriculture department, who will assess the effectiveness of this solution in the rural pockets of the city.
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
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)

Neighbouring states living in denial over effecs of farm fires on Delhi pollution: Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 08:15 AM IST
A day after the contribution of stubble fires to the pollution load in Delhi’s air touched the season’s highest on Sunday at 40%, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai accused the governments in the neighbouring states of living in denial while urging the Centre to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)

Ensure only green crackers are manufactured, sold: Delhi minister Gopal Rai to DMs

New Delhi, Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 03:58 PM IST
People can burst firecrackers between 8:00 pm and 10 pm only on festivals like Diwali and Gurpurab. On Christmas eve and New Year’s eve, it would be from 11:55 pm till 12:30 am only.
The minister also said 228 complaints were received from people across Delhi on the Green Delhi application within a few hours of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launching it.(HT Photo)
The minister also said 228 complaints were received from people across Delhi on the Green Delhi application within a few hours of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launching it.(HT Photo)

Action more important than creating new teams: Gopal Rai on new anti-pollution law

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 07:53 PM IST
Under the ordinance released by the Union ministry of law and justice on Thursday, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has been dissolved and replaced by a commission comprising over 20 members.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai along with Civil Defence volunteers during campaign 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off'(PTI)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai along with Civil Defence volunteers during campaign 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off'(PTI)

Each Delhiite should encourage 5 people to take part in govt’s anti-pollution campaign: Gopal Rai

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2020 10:56 PM IST
The minister said the ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign now covers all the 70 assembly constituencies in the national capital. By November 2, it will cover all the 272 wards in the city, he said.
The minister said only ‘green’ firecrackers can be manufactured, sold and used in Delhi this Diwali as per a Supreme Court order issued in 2018.(Pixabay)
The minister said only ‘green’ firecrackers can be manufactured, sold and used in Delhi this Diwali as per a Supreme Court order issued in 2018.(Pixabay)

Anti-firecracker campaign to be launched in Delhi from November 3: Gopal Rai

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Ahead of Diwali festival, the Delhi government will launch an anti-firecracker campaign from November 3, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.
Users of the Green Delhi app will be able to upload photos and videos and send them along with their complaints. Each complainant will get a unique code to track the status of the complaint and action taken.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Users of the Green Delhi app will be able to upload photos and videos and send them along with their complaints. Each complainant will get a unique code to track the status of the complaint and action taken.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Green Delhi mobile app ready, likely to be launched by CM Kejriwal on Thursday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 07:18 AM IST
The mobile application is part of the government’s seven-point action plan to fight air pollution, which was announced by chief minister Kejriwal on October 6.
The power plant inaugurated on Tuesday is located near the poultry market in Ghazipur.(Bloomberg)
The power plant inaugurated on Tuesday is located near the poultry market in Ghazipur.(Bloomberg)

Waste-to-energy unit inaugurated at Ghazipur market

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 04:52 AM IST
Arvind Kejriwal was accompanied by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and environment minister Gopal Rai at the inauguration event.
Environment minister Gopal Rai offers a flower to a commuter at Rajpath as part of the campaign.
Environment minister Gopal Rai offers a flower to a commuter at Rajpath as part of the campaign.

Delhi Cabinet ministers to urge drivers to turn off ignition from Oct 28

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 02:16 AM IST
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai’s office said from October 28, cabinet ministers including Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will also join this campaign and will visit different traffic signals, urging drivers to participate in the ‘red light on, gaadi off campaign’.
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 Civil Defence personnel offers a rose to a commuter during the launch of ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’’ campaign at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A Civil Defence personnel offers a rose to a commuter during the launch of ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’’ campaign at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Placards, roses at traffic signals on Day 1 of govt campaign against pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:48 AM IST
Hundreds of environment marshals like Singh were deployed at 100 traffic signals across the national capital on Wednesday -- the first day of Delhi government’s awareness campaign, ‘red light on, gaadi off’ (red light on, ignition off) to reduce levels of vehicular emissions in the national capital.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)

2,500 volunteers at Delhi’s 100 major traffic signals for ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign: Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:56 PM IST
Delhi environment minister said that if the Delhi government and its residents join forces and fight together in this war against pollution, the city will win.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai(HT photo)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai(HT photo)

Delhi govt to launch awareness campaign on green crackers, ensure their availability in market: Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:36 AM IST
The strict regulations were put in place in view of the extremely high levels of air pollution during winters, which peak critically during Diwali.
An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker holding poster urges people to turn off the engines of their vehicles while waiting at traffic signals, during a 'Red Light on, Gaadi Off' campaign launched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal last week to tackle air pollution, near Rajendra Place, in New Delhi on Monday, October 19, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker holding poster urges people to turn off the engines of their vehicles while waiting at traffic signals, during a 'Red Light on, Gaadi Off' campaign launched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal last week to tackle air pollution, near Rajendra Place, in New Delhi on Monday, October 19, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’: Civil defence volunteers to be deployed at traffic intersections in Delhi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 08:04 PM IST
The initiative will be launched from ITO, he said, adding that it will only be an awareness drive and nobody will be issued a “challan”.
Gopal Rai said that this campaign calls for a collaborative effort for the betterment of the citizens of Delhi.(HT Photo)
Gopal Rai said that this campaign calls for a collaborative effort for the betterment of the citizens of Delhi.(HT Photo)

‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign from October 21: Marshals, traffic police to spread awareness

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:44 AM IST
A Delhi government release quoted environment minister Gopal Rai as saying that the police have identified 100 key traffic signals and the government will deploy a total of 2,500 environment marshals to carry out this campaign.
Traffic police fine violators of odd even restriction at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(HT file photo)
Traffic police fine violators of odd even restriction at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(HT file photo)

Odd-even last weapon against pollution: Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 01:27 AM IST
Delhi’s air quality has consistently remained in the ‘poor’ category since October 7, with the AQI remaining over 200. On Monday, Delhi’s AQI was measured at 244.
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