Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday launched 'Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy' under which his government will waive registration fee and road tax, and provide incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for new cars in the national capital.
While many Indian cities are highly polluted, Delhi — being the capital of the country — has come to be regarded as the symbol of urban pollution. The massive stubble burning that happens in neighbouring states during winter has become the focus of experts, governments and industry bodies, but there are other factors too.
With the 2.5 PM level at 63 micrograms per cubic metre of air, New Delhi saw its lowest mean figure for the season yesterday, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
The committee told the tribunal in its report that Northern Railway has not taken proper action for implementing pollution control measures and health test of workers involved in loading and unloading of cement.
Delhi is facing a collective death sentence in the form of pollution. Is it stubble burning, is it your car, is it the crackers we burnt, is it our netas, can eating carrots or listening music really fix it? Most importantly, do we really care? ET Online's Sandesh Chaurasia reports. (Text: ET Online)There is probably no solution to Delhi pollution
Delhi's pollution levels spiked by almost 50 points on CPCB's Air Quality Index on Sunday with certain locations even breaching the 300 marks. A layer of haze lingered over the national capital on Sunday as the city's air quality plunged to the "very poor" category, days before strict measures to fight air pollution come into force under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The reports must contain information on how much COVID-19 biomedical waste is being generated in various hospitals, quarantine centres and houses of coronavirus patients and how it is being treated, EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal said.
Sharma flies to Kochi every weekend to spend time with the family.
The ministry of housing and urban affairs has sought clearances for the first phase of its ambitious project to construct a new parliament building.
The National Capital Region (NCR) on Friday witnessed fog with visibility at 200 metres in the early morning hours, and the air quality recorded under the 'very poor' category, close to the 400-mark. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature was 6 degrees Celsius.Delhi pollution: Air Quality dips to ‘very poor’ amid dense fog
Delhi government's Odd-Even scheme came into effect on November 4 and will continue till November 15. Under this, vehicles with odd number will not be allowed on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14. Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed on the roads on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.
The air quality of Delhi has improved on Nov 29. According to AQI, major pollutant PM 2.5 was at 76 in ‘satisfactory’ category and PM 10 was at 78 in ‘satisfactory’ category at Lodhi Road. To curb air pollution, Delhi government had earlier implemented odd-even scheme from Nov 04-15.Delhi pollution: Air quality improves to 'satisfactory' after mild showers
The national capital's air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 158 at 9.45 am, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. It was 175 at 7.45 am. An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
The eating out and entertainment industry has seen an 8-10% drop in revenue in the first fornight of November.
The air quality of National Capital Region (NCR) continues to reel. Thick layer of smog once again enveloped the sky in Noida and Ghaziabad on November 17. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, major pollutant in Noida is at 221 which shows ‘poor’ category. Residents of Ghaziabad have complained of spike in respiratory problems, allergies and other health issues. On November 01, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) declared public health emergency due to rising air pollution levels. Delhi pollution level: AQI under ‘poor’ category in NCR
The NGT had said that brick kilns can be permitted only after ascertaining the carrying capacity and the number of units functional in an area without the risk of degrading the environment.
The govt's air quality monitor, SAFAR, said pollution levels in Delhi-NCR are expected to enter the "severe plus" or "emergency" category on Wednesday. Meteorologists said the national capital recorded on Tuesday morning a minimum temperature of 11.7 degrees Celsius, the season's lowest so far. It is two notches below normal for this time of the year.
On the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the NGT said there is an urgent need to have proper planning to address the gaps in existing enforcement strategies and existing undesirable situation. It further said that today's situation is not creation of one day. It is continuous negligence and apathy of statutory authorities.
Day after Diwali, air in ‘severe’ category, but best in 3 yrs as winds play saviour. Air quality is forecast to improve to ‘very poor’ with wind speeds likely to pick up, but the raging farm fires could have an adverse impact.
On Sunday, the overall Air Quality Index in Delhi stood at 82, which falls under the ‘satisfactory’ category, per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
A new study has revealed that air inside homes in Delhi have become unsafe with high levels of pollutants found in it, despite keeping doors shut.
A bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta said this while hearing a plea filed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), seeking permission to allow registration of several diesel vehicles of 2000cc capacity and above to carry out solid waste management. "We are worried for future. It is not for today," the bench said, referring to the menace of pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region.
The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority EPCA on Wednesday ordered schools in Delhi-NCR to be closed for the next two days as pollution in the city hovered close to 'emergency' levels. It also advised people to avoid outdoor exposure and work from home wherever feasible. All schools in Delhi NCR have been ordered closed for November 14 and 15 due to rising pollution levels.Delhi-NCR schools to be closed till November 15 due to rising pollution levels
The air quality began to worsen from Wednesday. It was pretty bad in Noida but slightly better in Gurgaon. The worsening of air quality on Thursday can be traced to relatively calmer winds which doesn't disperse the air pollutants thereby causing deterioration in air quality. The Parliament will take up the issue on Thursday.
From calling it ‘Delhi pollution’, we need to rechristen it the ‘north Indian haze’. The north Indian haze, by definition, cannot be made a single state political issue. It has to be dealt with together. And since we are talking about haze, we can go to the heart of what causes it — stubble burning.
The last week of October is becoming worst in terms of air quality in Capital New Delhi. According to centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) at Lodhi Road, major pollutants PM 2.5 reached 376 'Very Poor', while PM 10 was 'Poor' which is at 278. Delhi pollution level: No 'good air' in national capital, PM 2.5 at 376 in Lodhi Road
Being asked about the Delhi’s current situation on air pollution and ‘Odd-Even’ scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “We all can see that till Oct 10, the AQI of Delhi was ‘satisfactory’. But after Oct 10, they started burning stubble which eventually deteriorated the pollution level of Delhi. ”Speaking on extension of ‘Odd-Even’ scheme, CM Kejriwal said, “If required, we can extend ‘Odd-Even’ scheme.”‘If required, we can extend Odd-Even scheme’: CM Kejriwal on Delhi pollution
Newly appointed Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai in the new AAP government, convened a high-level meeting of officers on February 20 to chalk out an action plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi. He said that reduction in pollution levels will be among the top priority of the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation.
IIT Delhi submitted a long list of recommendations to the ministry of environment, forest and climate control, and short-term measures to the Supreme Court, this week. Its suggestions to the ministry include the setting up of simulation or decision theatres (for combating pollution) on the lines of that in the Arizona State University (ASU).
The apex court had on November 4 last year banned all construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR. About a month later, on December 9, lifted the ban partially and allowed construction activities between 6 AM and 6 PM, after the Central Pollution Control Board had said that air quality index (AQI) level was not severe at that time.
Fight the smog: Anand Mahindra shares solution to stubble burning; Paytm CEO pens poem on Delhi pollution
The OYO boss blamed Delhi citizens for the pungent haze enveloping the city.
At 9.44 am, Delhi's air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 365. On Monday, the city's average AQI stood at 370 at 8.30 pm due to a slight increase in wind. An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
On a day Delhi saw its air quality dip to a three-year low, thousands of devotees offered prayers along the banks of the Yamuna river to mark the end of Chhath Puja. Early Sunday morning, men in dhoti and women in saree stepped into the river water with toxic, white foam floating on the surface of the polluted water. In pic: Devotees offers prayers to the rising sun as toxic foam floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations, at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi.
Many cities led by Delhi and Gurgaon are regularly listed among the world’s most polluted, with air quality frequently deteriorating to alarmingly hazardous levels, which have triggered a public outcry.
New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): The air quality of Delhi was recorded in 'Poor' category on January 20. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at the Lodhi Road area was moderately 'poor'.Delhi breathes moderately 'poor' air on Jan 20
The air quality of the national capital improved a bit on Jan 07. According to Air Quality Index (AQI), PM 10 was at 287 and PM 2.5 at 243, both were in ‘poor’ category near Lodhi Road.Air quality ‘improved’ a bit in Delhi
PM Narendra Modi addressed to the growing dissatisfaction among residents of Delhi over the 'unclean' drinking water and air. His remarks, aimed at the AAP government, come ahead of the Assembly polls in the national capital scheduled early next year. The prime minister was speaking during the launch of the Atal Jal Mission here.
Govt-mandated pollution control devices for coal-fired power plants could also boost carbon dioxide emissions.
The central government is invested into a 50,000 crore rupees project for Delhi's congested roads. Clearing the congestion will help reduce pollution in city and the government has found a solution for projects which were delayed because of land acquisition, clearances and other issues.
The air quality index in New Delhi read 83 at 1.30 pm on Friday which is an 'imrpoved' level as a result of favourable wind speed and rains in the national capital region a day before. It may dip slightly by the evening due to a change in wind direction and drop in wind speed.
The Union Minister belted out the lyrics after Sunita Duggal raised concerns over air pollution.
Actress-turned-politician and BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini on November 20 reacted on the issue of political leaders missing the meeting on Delhi air pollution. She said that the parliamentarians should attend the debate and they should get serious on the issue to rectify it. Hema Malini reacts on Parliamentarians skipping meeting on air pollution
After a brief respite, air quality in the national capital deteriorated again yesterday due to calm winds and increased impact of farm fires. The city''s overall air quality index (AQI) read 282 at 8.50 am. The neighbouring areas of Ghaziabad and Greater Noida recorded AQI at 364 and 349 respectively. Noida had an AQI of 323.
The govt is moving swiftly on the deadline for the plan that seeks to make road travel seamless nationwide.
Gambhir, who is the only Lok Sabha MP in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development, skipped the crucial meeting of the panel which drew a lot of flak from his political opponents. AAP has taken note of Gambhir missing the meeting and has now launched a concerted campaign against the cricketer-turned-politician.
India’s losses from air pollution increased more than four times to $560 billion between 1990 and 2013.
There was a respite on late Sunday evening as the AQI dropped to 198, which falls under "moderate" category. Gurgaon on Monday recorded an AQI of 138 (moderate), while Ghaziabad 231, Noida 212 and Greater Noida 204 . An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe".
The western disturbance occurring throughout northwest India has left the atmosphere cloudy and an isolated drizzle is expected in Delhi on Saturday. This, according to experts, would only worsen the condition as lesser rainfall will not wash out the pollutants but would increase humidity. The air quality is expected to get better from Sunday.
The overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 237 which falls in the 'poor' category, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Under attack for not attending a key parliamentary panel meeting on air pollution on Friday, BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir said he should be judged by his work and not by "propaganda or false narrative". The East Delhi MP said he has been taking steps to fight pollution, which include a plan to install giant air purifiers in his constituency. Gambhir, who appears on sports channels for commentary, also came under severe attack after his picture relishing poha and jalebi in Indore has gone viral on social media.People will judge me on my work, not propaganda: Gautam Gambhir issues clarification
A meeting of a parliamentary standing committee to discuss the rising levels of air pollution in the national capital was postponed as most participants, including Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir, were absent. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused BJP MP Gambhir of choosing “enjoyment” over a Parliamentary panel’s meeting to discuss high pollution levels in the national Capital. The AAP’s allegations came after cricketer VVS Laxman tweeted photos of Gambhir at a local eatery in Indore.Gautam Gambhir skips crucial meet on Delhi air pollution, AAP takes potshots
Though a slight improvement in day time pollution concentration is expected today, but PM 2.5 levels will start to increase immediately after sunset.
The petition, filed by a Noida-based advocate, has alleged that the Delhi government's November 1 notification on the scheme also violates fundamental rights. It alleged that the odd-even rule violates citizens' rights to practice any profession, carry out any occupation, trade or business and to move freely throughout the country.
"If need arises, we will extend it (odd-even scheme)," Kejriwal said in response to media queries on whether the scheme, aimed at curbing vehicular pollution, will be further extended. Delhi-NCR gasped for breath today as the smog from farm fires pushed pollution levels in the region towards the "emergency" zone for the third time in 15 days.
Each year India’s rice farmers burn the stubble of the harvested paddy crop, contributing to the annual haze.
Eight of the plants, whose operators include Vedanta, L&T and Uttar Pradesh Power Corp., have yet to order the required flue-gas desulfurization units, as per the Central Electricity Authority. The units can take as long as three years to secure and install, and it’s unclear if the operators will be penalized by authorities if they miss the deadline.
Home to seven of the world's 10 most polluted cities, India’s deadly haze was responsible for one of every eight deaths in 2017. The life of a child born today is likely to be 2.5 years shorter because of this. Delhi, with its unlikely combination of sweeping green boulevards and unchecked urban growth, has become the symbol of the country’s struggle.
Higher premiums will likely apply to Delhi residents seeking fresh policies. Insurance industry professionals said there has been an increase in claims from Delhi residents and costs of settlements have also risen. Capital residents who are deemed high risk given air pollution levels will likely pay the highest premiums.
While speaking to ANI on weather change, Scientist of India Meteorological Department-Delhi, Kuldeep Srivastava said, “Western disturbance main reason behind change in weather in Delhi-NCR. Light showers in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and J&K are attributed to the Cyclone Maha remnants. The cyclone has weakened already, only remnants are left.” “Drastic improvement in air quality will only be observed in the case of heavy rains. Light showers and drizzles won't better the air quality much,” he added.Delhi air quality: Drastic improvement possible only in case of heavy rains, says IMD
Toxic air in New Delhi is driving away tourists, disrupting flights and shutting schools.
The Center-run SAFAR has advised people to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It has stated that Dhirpur recorded an AQI of 145 at 8:30 am today. Mathura road recorded a figure of 309, IIT Delhi docked at 316, Airport Terminal 3 at 234, Lodhi Road 153 and Pusa 239.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Punjab government for not taking any coercive steps to tackle stubble burning which led to the depletion of air quality in the national capital and asked it to ensure that this does not happen in the future. A bench headed by Justice Mishra was hearing the issue of air pollution in New Delhi and other parts of north India. For this purpose, the court had summoned the chief secretary of Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana today. "You just want to sit in your ivory towers and rule. You are not bothered and are letting the people die," the bench said.'Just want to sit in ivory towers and rule': SC slams states over pollution
"This time there is no surge pricing during the oddeven scheme and cab drivers have to bear the brunt of it as they are working very hard but unable to earn any extra money. In fact, the drivers are running their cabs at peak hours with high traffic but getting the usual fare," said Kamaljeet Gill, president of Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi.
Air quality improved even though the number of fires in the fields of Punjab and Haryana rose to this season’s record of 4,962, said an assessment report by Safar. The Supreme Court has asked Haryana and Punjab to stop fires in fields, but farmers said they do not have a choice, and will not tolerate any action against them.
Supreme Court summons Delhi chief secretary, says there can't be 'large scale exodus' due to pollution
The apex court, which also summoned the chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on November 6, said every year a "piquant situation" of severe pollution arises in the region for substantial period and the Delhi government, civic bodies and other state governments concerned are not performing their duties as enjoined upon them.
The cricketer has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to devise a mechanism to curtail air pollution in northern India which has caused severe health hazards.
The agriculture minister said Uttar Pradesh witnessed a significant drop of 48.2% in stubble burning cases while Punjab and Haryana saw a drop of 8.7% and 11.7% respectively from last year.. “There were 35717 cases of stubble burning during this period in these states which have come down to 31402,” he said in a statement.
"We should stop blaming farmers since it will take us nowhere. Instead we should propose methods which are economically and ecologically desirable," Eminent farm scientist M S Swaminathan said in a series of tweets. His comments come as Delhi-NCR has been engulfed in a thick blanket of smog since Diwali on October 27.
As Delhi gets shrouded in thick layers of hazardous pollution due to stubble burning and firecrackers, the constant sources including transport, industry and dust still add to the woes of air quality degradation. A four-fold increase in vehicles in Delhi was recorded during 2010-18 with Ola and Uber being the major polluting sources in 2018.
In the global hall of shame, Delhi was on top with its 1,200-plus AQI, followed by Lahore at 163, Dhaka at 157 and Kolkata at 156. Pollution is forecast to improve significantly by Tuesday from the extraordinarily hazardous levels, but is expected to remain in the ‘very poor’ category, said the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.
Flights to Delhi were diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow and Amritsar between 9Am and 1 PM due to low visibility at Delhi airport. The visibility at Delhi airport fell to below the minimum visibility required due to smog, primarily created by crop burning in Punjab and Haryana, and has engulfed the city for the past one week.
The cloudy sky and haze prevented the Chhath devotees from getting a glimpse of the rising sun on the final day of the 4-day festival, the mild spell also failed to provide any respite from the 'severe' level of pollution in parts of Delhi.
Admitting that stubble fires, supported by the winds blowing in the wrong direction, were contributing to the toxic levels of air pollution, the Chief Minister, noted that data had pointed out that large-scale industrial pollution, the traffic overload, the excessive construction activity taking place in Delhi were equally, if not more, to blame.
Merkel made a pitch for speeding up several environment friendly projects, earmarking one billion euros or $1.12 billion in the next five years on green urban mobility projects conceived under the new German-Indian partnership. German funds will be used to finance several environment-friendly projects including electric buses.
On Friday, the SC-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the public health emergency, following which the Delhi government shut all schools. The EPCA also banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR till November 5.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has told officials to ensure that no person faces inconvenience due to the odd-even scheme. According to the government, advisories have also been issued to cab aggregators like Ola, Uber to not surge prices during the scheme, and to autorickshaws and e-rickshaws to avoid over-charging from commuters.
A Supreme Court panel declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR and banned construction activity till November 5. The panel also asked schools to curtail all outdoor activities and sports to minimise exposure of children to pollution. A Pollution Control Board official said the AQI entered the "severe plus" or "emergency" category.
Delhiites woke up to the highest level of pollution this season on Friday. The Air Quality Index (AQI) value was hovering at 459 after pollution levels breached the ‘severe+’ zone late on Thursday night. This is the first time that the air quality has dipped to emergency levels in the national capital this season. Such a situation was last seen in January 2019.
The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with the national capital's pollution levels increasing overnight by around 50 points, taking the overall air quality index to 459. A Central Pollution Control Board official said the AQI entered the "severe plus" or "emergency" category late Thursday night, the first time since January this year.
The Delhi govt on Tuesday said that the latest images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) show a drastic increase in the stubble burning in the last 24 hours in Haryana and Punjab. The statement said that wind direction shows stubble plume could increase from Punjab and Haryana, and Delhi facing adverse air quality despite the cleanest Diwali night in the last many years.
Air in Delhi turned "Hazardous" during Diwali on Sunday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded 999 at Patparganj. Emission from firecrackers and stubble burning in adjoining areas of National Capital Region increased the pollution level. The situation is expected to be worsen in coming week. According to said experts, this is the equivalent of smoking 45 to 50 cigarettes a day.
Last year, the overall air quality index post-Diwali was recorded in the 'severe plus emergency' category at 642. In 2017, the AQI was recorded at 367.
Fumes of farm fire from Punjab, Haryana and parts of UP continue to contaminate and worsen the air quality in Delhi which is already infested with high levels of pollution. A favourable wind condition may improve it before deteriorating it again.
The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the odd-even scheme will return for the third time in the national capital from November 4-15 as part of the efforts to fight pollution which adversely impacts the capital's air quality.
The Transport department has suggested to allow two-wheelers during odd-even scheme to be in force from November 4-15.
With a dip in mercury in the national capital, air quality recorded in ‘Poor’ category on October 15. According to Air Quality Index (AQI), major pollutants particulate matter 2.5 remains at 214 and particulate matter 10 at 211 both in 'Poor' category. The air quality was recorded near Lodhi Road in Delhi. Earlier, CM Arwind Kejriwal had requested state governments to take measures as air quality is deteriorating day by day. Air Quality in Delhi reaches ‘poor’ category
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was 347.
Government starts process to identify site for fireworks; 5 million gas masks to be distributed before November.
Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days.
The odd-even vehicle rationing scheme will be implemented in the national capital after Diwali, from November 4 to 15, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday. A flagship scheme of the AAP government, aimed at combatting pollution, was first implemented in 2015.Odd-even back in Delhi: Kejriwal's 7-point agenda to combat air pollution
Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days.
A thick haze engulfed the national capital which reduced the visibility drastically, authorities said.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 346, which falls in the 'very poor' category, according to data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The air quality in Delhi remained poor with a drop in wind speed, even as authorities predicted further fall in the air quality index of the national capital in the coming days. An emergency action plan has been rolled out today in the capital city to fight ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ air pollution level that will include category-wise steps like ban on diesel power generator sets and construction activity in Delhi, impounding of polluting vehicles, mechanised sweeping of roads or even roll out of odd-even scheme if condition worsens. Delhi pollution: Emergency plan rolled out as air quality remains poor
The green panel had earlier that said that pollution in the Yamuna was of serious concern as the river was highly contaminated with industrial effluent and sewage.
Many farmers in northwest India typically burn abundant crop residue on the fields after harvest season, to prepare their fields for subsequent planting.
The EPCA has also banned all construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida till Wednesday.
The pollution level that dipped to 'severe plus' state has come to 'severe' category due to rapid dispersion of pollutants, Centre-run SAFAR said.
The bans were extended by the Supreme Court-appointed agency on the recommendations of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force, which reviews the national capital's air quality.