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Maharashtra pollution board shuts down 4 industries; pulls up civic body over river pollution

An environment group, petitioners before the Supreme Court, flagged violations through three complaints between November 26 and 28
A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)
A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 01:22 PM IST
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Mumbai’s pollution levels spiked in October; highest so far in 2020, according to MPCB

On its website, MPCB released a month-wise datasheet of air quality index (AQI) for 20 locations in Maharashtra on Monday.
The city witnessed hazy weather at Dadar chowpatty, on Tuesday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The city witnessed hazy weather at Dadar chowpatty, on Tuesday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 06:15 PM IST
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Mahul firms catching up with state’s pollution abatement plan: Environment Minister

The air pollution is being caused by emissions from refineries and thermal power plants that operate in Mahul-Trombay industrial area
Residents of the Mahul-Trombay industrial area have been demanding their rehabilitation for the past two years on health grounds because of severe air pollution.(Sourced)
Residents of the Mahul-Trombay industrial area have been demanding their rehabilitation for the past two years on health grounds because of severe air pollution.(Sourced)
Published on Sep 25, 2020 10:06 AM IST
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Covid-19 waste: Maharashtra pollution body asks BMC to enhance abatement measures

The contractor was told by MPCB to boost their scrubber technology to reduce black smoke emitted from its chimney after burning the biomedical waste
MPCB said black smoke was being generated from burning a voluminous amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits daily but the unit was not violating emission norms for nitrogen dioxide (NO2).(Saif Alam)
MPCB said black smoke was being generated from burning a voluminous amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits daily but the unit was not violating emission norms for nitrogen dioxide (NO2).(Saif Alam)
Published on Sep 15, 2020 09:25 AM IST
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MPCB warns PMC against dumping fresh waste at garbage depot

MPCB issued a notice on Wednesday and instructed the civic body to follow the norms as per the solid waste management act and submit a report to its office in the next three days
PMC has landfill site at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi.(HT Photo)
PMC has landfill site at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2020 05:33 PM IST
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Yellow: The colour for all Covid-19 waste

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), which published draft guidelines for treatment facilities, healthcare establishments (HCEs) and labs, general public, and self-quarantined patients, has selected ‘yellow’ as the colour code for all Covid-19 waste.
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Updated on Mar 20, 2020 07:45 PM IST
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The environmental tragedy in Mumbai’s hinterland

In 2017, this newspaper reported about industrial effluents being released in the Kasadi river in Taloja, an industrial town in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The news was picked up by the international media, not because industrial pollution in India was a cause for concern in the West but because the story provided striking visuals of dogs with blue fur.
Waldhuni river in Ambernath turned black on Thursday due to chemical effluents released into the water.(HT Photo)
Waldhuni river in Ambernath turned black on Thursday due to chemical effluents released into the water.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2020 11:46 PM IST
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Check the feasibility of blue traffic lights: HC to Maha pollution board

According to the idea, an additional blue light should blink for 10 seconds after the red light comes on, and blink again for 10 seconds before the light turns green.
The Bombay high court (HC) and the environment department have directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to check the feasibility of “blue traffic light”. ( Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
The Bombay high court (HC) and the environment department have directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to check the feasibility of “blue traffic light”. ( Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2020 03:32 AM IST
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Mumbai needs to walk an extra mile to curb air pollution

Mumbai has had a lackadaisical attitude towards air pollution, believing that sea breezes will sweep away the murk, but the CSE study has shown that the city needs more than the sea to clean up its air.
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2019 01:06 AM IST
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‘PUC certificates don’t cover major pollutants’

The pollution under control (PUC) certificates issued in India to ensure reduction in vehicular emissions has no checks for harmful and key vehicular pollutants. Air pollution researchers highlighted this issue during a public consultation to strengthen Mumbai’s clean air action plan on Tuesday.
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Updated on Dec 11, 2019 12:06 AM IST
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Ganeshotsav in Pune: Rise in festive fervour, dip in noise pollution

The officials recorded the noise levels at the crossroads of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale and Mandai near Shanipar area as 88 decibels (dB), and 92 decibels (dB) on Laxmi road, at 10 pm.
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 02:55 PM IST
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Mumbaiites send suggestions to MPCB to get city’s air pollution action plan passed

With an 80% increase in the concentration of annual average particulate matter 10 (PM10) witnessed over a 12-year period (2007-2018), Mumbai is the most polluted of the country’s three major coastal cities.
Activists have submitted source-wise recommendations for Mumbai’s air pollution action plan to the state, after the Centre twice rejected it.(Photo Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Activists have submitted source-wise recommendations for Mumbai’s air pollution action plan to the state, after the Centre twice rejected it.(Photo Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 07, 2019 01:06 AM IST
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Form panel to study impact of Ulhas river’s untreated waste on environment: NGT

NGT gave the direction while hearing an execution application filed by environment group Vanashakti.
The committee will assess the impact of industrial effluents released into the Ulhas river from the Dombivli and Ambernath MIDC area and submit an inspection report by October 31.(Rishikesh Choudhary / HT File Photo)
The committee will assess the impact of industrial effluents released into the Ulhas river from the Dombivli and Ambernath MIDC area and submit an inspection report by October 31.(Rishikesh Choudhary / HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 12:53 PM IST
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Aarey fire: 1.6K trees hacked before blaze; FIR registered

According to the MPCB report, 1,676 trees, including 65 teak trees, were cut down before the fire broke out. Dindoshi police is now probing whether there is a connection between the fire and the cutting down of the trees.
A fire broke out at Aarey Colony on December 3 last year.(HT File Photo)
A fire broke out at Aarey Colony on December 3 last year.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 20, 2019 04:22 AM IST
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Ensure BMC treats sewage before disposing it into sea: HC to anti-pollution body

The directive came after senior advocate Anil Sakhare, representing BMC, accepted that the disposal of untreated sewage into the sea is a problem primarily caused by lack of an adequate network of sewage lines.
File photo of a nullah connecting Dadar beach to the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. A city-base NGO has filed a petition in the Bombay HC complaining about the polluted coastal water, which “makes the Mumbai shoreline one of the most polluted in the world”.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)
File photo of a nullah connecting Dadar beach to the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. A city-base NGO has filed a petition in the Bombay HC complaining about the polluted coastal water, which “makes the Mumbai shoreline one of the most polluted in the world”.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)
Updated on Jul 12, 2019 01:54 PM IST
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Mithi was Maharashtra’s most polluted river in 2018

A study has found levels of faecal coliform content (indication of human and animal excreta) and biochemical oxygen demand (oxygen levels for aquatic life to survive ) of the Mithi river were above the safe limit.
Volunteers collecting plastic from Mithi river at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
Volunteers collecting plastic from Mithi river at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2019 10:13 AM IST
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Air in 2018 most polluted in 20 years in Maharashtra

A sharp drop in particulate pollution was recorded in 2001 when levels fell to 67.2µg/m3 while in 1999, they were at 115µg/m3. PM2.5 levels, which are being measured since 2015, were also the highest in 2018 for Mumbai. Levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels were within limits (see box).
Data from the environment ministry showed the annual average of PM 10 levels in Mumbai were 166µg/m3 in 2018 and 151µg/m3 in 2017.(HT Photo)
Data from the environment ministry showed the annual average of PM 10 levels in Mumbai were 166µg/m3 in 2018 and 151µg/m3 in 2017.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 01:14 AM IST
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Breathe easy, solutions on the way to Mumbai’s air pollution, says Maharashtra Pollution Control Board

As SAFAR highlights rising pollutants in Mumbai’s air, officials say Metro, coastal road will bring it down
Mumbai’s air quality has improved since rains hit the city(HT PHOTO)
Mumbai’s air quality has improved since rains hit the city(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 17, 2019 12:14 AM IST
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Untreated water released into river killed 4K fish: MPCB

Thousands of Mahseer fish were found floating near the banks of the Indrayani river on Sunday near Dehu village, causing panic among residents living on the river bank and using the water for day-to-day chores.
Thousands of freshwater fish have suddenly found died in Indrayani river due to the soaring pollution level in Indrayani river in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
Thousands of freshwater fish have suddenly found died in Indrayani river due to the soaring pollution level in Indrayani river in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 02:38 PM IST
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‘BJP MLA’s firm to face action for hill cutting in SGNP’s ESZ’

The committee, during a meeting earlier this week, discussed the matter and decided to initiate action against Mehta’s firm, Seven Eleven Construction Pvt Ltd.
HT had reported that during a site visit, range forest officer DC Deshmukh found that a 300mx7.3m hilly area had been destroyed through blasting and cutting to make way for a road inside the ESZ of SGNP.(HTPhoto)
HT had reported that during a site visit, range forest officer DC Deshmukh found that a 300mx7.3m hilly area had been destroyed through blasting and cutting to make way for a road inside the ESZ of SGNP.(HTPhoto)
Published on Jun 07, 2019 05:58 AM IST
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‘We are promoting public transport to reduce air pollution in Mumbai’: MPCB chief

MPCB chairman Sudhir Shrivastava says their main strategy is to address vehicular pollution and coordinate with different agencies to promote public transport and carpooling.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board chairman Sudhir Shrivastava.(HTPhoto)
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board chairman Sudhir Shrivastava.(HTPhoto)
Published on Jun 05, 2019 01:57 PM IST
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Particulate matter levels declined in Maharashtra in 2018-19: MPCB

Seven cities witnessed reduction in particulate pollution levels through the implementation of stringent norms over the past year, MPCB said
MPCB did not share the methodology of how they calculated the reduction in emissions.(HT FILE)
MPCB did not share the methodology of how they calculated the reduction in emissions.(HT FILE)
Published on Jun 05, 2019 01:29 AM IST
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No waste treatment plan for Ulhas, Waldhuni: 4 civic bodies face heat

MPCB pulled up Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Ambernath Municipal Council (AMC), and Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council (KBMC), warning them of non-compliance.
The Maharashtra government will submit a status report to the SC on July 17, detailing the progress made so far. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
The Maharashtra government will submit a status report to the SC on July 17, detailing the progress made so far. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Published on May 28, 2019 04:33 AM IST
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Mumbai gets its river, mangrove, beach clean-up network

Hindustan Times will partner with non-profit Project Mumbai to lead a city-wide network of volunteers, green groups and authorities to carry out clean-up drives across 9 beaches, 4 rivers and 4 mangrove forests over 3 days
(Vidya Subramanian/HT PHOTO)
(Vidya Subramanian/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 06, 2019 12:20 AM IST
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Toxic foam pollutes Ulhas river at Badlapur

Details shared by Vanashakti and validated by MPCB showed sewage mixed with effluents entering the drinking water zone from a nullah along Badlapur falling under the KBMC’s jurisdiction.
Municipal corporations have managed to achieve only 50% of the short and long term directions laid down by the SC over two years.(HT Photo)
Municipal corporations have managed to achieve only 50% of the short and long term directions laid down by the SC over two years.(HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2019 02:36 PM IST
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Government submits Maharashta plan to breathe easy

CPCB, which is part of a committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier this year, is expected to review the plan submitted by the MPCB this month.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has submitted air pollution mitigation plans for 17 cities in the state four months after the deadline, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.(HT File Photo)
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has submitted air pollution mitigation plans for 17 cities in the state four months after the deadline, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2019 08:09 AM IST
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Maharashtra topmost solid waste generator in India in 2018

The second largest waste generator is Uttar Pradesh at 61.3 lakh metric tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu at 56 lakh MT.
Picture for representation only.(HT PHOTO)
Picture for representation only.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 11:00 PM IST
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Quietest Diwali in Mumbai since 2014: MPCB

MPCB monitored noise across 158 locations in the state, of which, 45 were in Mumbai
MPCB officials said there was a 50% decline in use of firecrackers across Mumbai and 30% decline across the state.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)
MPCB officials said there was a 50% decline in use of firecrackers across Mumbai and 30% decline across the state.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2018 05:59 PM IST
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Mahrashtra Pollution Control Board’s real-time data for pollution goes live

After a six-month delay, information from 13 monitoring stations to be available on website
Post Diwali, Mumbai’s air quality improved to ‘moderate’ on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Post Diwali, Mumbai’s air quality improved to ‘moderate’ on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 01:02 AM IST
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Bursting crackers? Cops are watching you

Pune police to keep an eye on those violating Supreme Court order on bursting cracker
PMC staff and police confiscate wares of 15 illegal firecracker shops in the Hadapsar area(HT/PHOTO)
PMC staff and police confiscate wares of 15 illegal firecracker shops in the Hadapsar area(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 05:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShrinivas Deshpande
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