Jasjeev Gandhiok
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Delhi Budget: Efforts to map, combat pollution sources to be intensified

The Delhi government started the country’s first real-time source apportionment lab at Pandara Road on January 30 this year. Gahlot said this lab will now be replicated across Delhi’s 11 districts as mobile vans

Gahlot also reiterated the government’s target of planting 5.2 million saplings across the city in 2023-24. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 12:04 AM IST

Delhi Budget: Metro, govt to collaborate on building two new bus terminals

The flyovers are being built by DMRC as part of the upcoming Phase IV metro lines, which consist of Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, Tughlakabad to Aerocity and Maujpur to Majlis Park routes

On the government’s plan to revamp Delhi’s metro stations, the minister said they plan to set up mohalla clinics at metro stations, besides expanding infrastructure for e-scooters and charging stations to improve last-mile connectivity. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 12:02 AM IST

Delhi Budget: 25% power demand to be met by solar panels by 2025

The Delhi government, he said, has allocated ₹3,348 crore to the power sector for the financial year 2023-24, barely unchanged from the ₹3,340 crore allocated last year.

Solar panels(Pexels)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 03:58 AM IST

Delhi Budget: Education again gets pride of place in allocations

Describing a plan to distribute tablets in schools in 2018 as a grand success, Gahlot said the government will now provide new tablets to teachers, principals, vice-principals, and directorate of distance education (DDEs) in 2023-24, with 20 new computers to be installed in each of the 350 Delhi government school.

Presenting his first budget, finance minister Kailash Gahlot announced that the government will almost double the number of D Ambedkar Schools of Specialised Education (SoSE) from 20 in 2021 to 37 in the coming year. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 01:12 AM IST

After rain, winds, Delhi logs best air day since October

On Tuesday, Delhi’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) reading was 75 (satisfactory) according to CPCB’s daily bulletin, a notable improvement from Monday’s reading of 154 (moderate)

Mercury in the Capital had clocked 25.3°C on Saturday, when the unusually pleasant spell of cool winds and rain began. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 04:49 AM IST

March likely to leave on a cooler note in Delhi: IMD

IMD’s seven-day forecast shows Delhi’s maximum temperature could hover around the 26-degree mark on Tuesday and while it will gradually rise to 30 degrees by Thursday

Strong thundershowers were reported in the Capital from 6pm onwards on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Project to reduce monopoly of vilayati kikar from Central Ridge of Delhi on track

However, environmental experts said deeming the project successful in a year based on a decent survival rate may be too premature, as the vilayati kikar shows allelopathic effects, meaning the tree releases compounds that make it difficult for other native species to grow nearby

vilayati kikar is an invasive Mexican tree species, introduced by the British in Delhi in the 1930s. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Archive)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 12:14 AM IST

DMRC to install vertical solar panels between Jamia and Okhla Metro stations

The officials added the pilot will help assess whether these two-sided solar panels are more effective than conventional ones and whether they can double up as noise barriers

An artist’s impression of the vertical solar panels on either side of the viaduct near the proposed Jamia Nagar Metro station. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 11:50 PM IST

‘Double-decker viaduct in South Delhi by 2024’

DMRC said the Metro viaduct will be on the upper deck, at a height of 18 metres from the ground, while a 2.4km flyover will run on the lower deck

The project is part of the DMRC phase 4 expansion, in which a new Silver Line corridor is being built between Aerocity and Tughalakabad. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Project to remotely gather Delhi-Gurugram on-road emission data to be over soon

Officials associated with the pilot project said over 65,000 vehicles have been tested so far with data being gathered from 10 locations in Delhi and Gurugram. Another five locations will soon be equipped with these emission analysing devices, officials said

The pilot aims to gather data from around 100,000 vehicles to assess which vehicle types were more polluting. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Delhi 4th most polluted city, India home to 39 of 50 worst cities

The average yearly PM2.5 reading in India was more than 10 times the upper limit prescribed by WHO, while Delhi’s pollutant levels were more than 18 times what is considered safe.

An MCD truck sprinkles water on the road in an attempt to curb pollution, on DDU Marg in New Delhi in February 2023. (HT Archive)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 11:28 PM IST

New railway bridge beside Delhi’s iconic Lohe Ka Pul likely by Sep

Work on the new bridge, which is being built parallel to the Old Yamuna Bridge or Loha Pul, began in 2003. The construction work witnessed several halts over the years owing to structural changes.

The new railway bridge coming up over the Yamuna. The iconic Lohe Ka Pul in the backdrop. The iron bridge was built in 1866 by British engineers. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 12:01 AM IST

G20 delegates enjoy day out with birdwatching, pottery at Sultanpur National Park

The 350-acre national park was decked up to welcome the delegates. Apart from folk dancers welcoming them at the entrance, an exhibition area inside displaying the rich biodiversity of the park, a handicrafts section, a G20 ‘tree park’ and birding points were also among the main attractions during the visit

A delegate watches migratory birds at Sultanpur National Park on Saturday in Gurugram. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 11:56 PM IST

With higher temperatures, Capital logs second-best Feb air since 2016

Delhi receives an average of 21mm rain in February, but this past month, no western disturbance influenced the National Capital Region, leading to the city witnessing no rain

A sunny day at Kartavya Path in New Delhi on February 21. (HT Archive)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 04:55 AM IST

Delhi govt to study its anti-dust measures

The study will assess the effectiveness of anti-smog guns, water sprinkling tankers and mechanised road sweepers in combating air pollution in the city

An anti-smog gun sprays water to curb air pollution in New Delhi in January 2023. The Delhi government wants to know the results of the study before next winter so it can prioritise where to spend funds. (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 01:19 AM IST

Varied, increased sightings: Bird Day goes bigger this year

For this year’s edition of BBD, a total of 97 locations were covered across Delhi-NCR. While the overall bird density was lower than last year, largely owing to a premature rise in temperatures, birders say that the region still recorded an impressive diversity of bird species.

The highest count so far was in 2017 when 268 bird species were recorded. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 12, 2023 04:44 AM IST

Survey to map sources of pollution at Anand Vihar

The Delhi environment department will launch a second survey by the end of the month to assess how effective on-ground action has been and how many point-sources of pollution are left in the area

Officials said that based on the success of this pilot project, a similar inventorisation of other point sources of pollution will take place across other pollution hotspots in Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Delhi winter may be over, says IMD

Typically, winter conditions – chilly mornings and a nip in the air even in peak afternoon – last till at least the second or third week of February, but this has been changing recently with the year 2019 recording a high of 28.7°C on January 20, and 2021 logging 30.4°C on February 10.

Representational image(PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 04:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Only 3 Delhi tehsils in ‘safe’ zone for groundwater, but levels on rise

The report for the year 2021-22 also indicates that Delhi’s groundwater table is gradually on the rise, with 61% of the city’s wells recording an increase in groundwater levels in August 2021, compared to the 2011-20 decadal mean for the month

According to the report, the groundwater recharge in Delhi was 0.32 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2020, while the total extraction in Delhi for the same year was 0.29 bcm, indicating that Delhi is adding more water than what is being extracted overall. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 11:53 PM IST

Cyclists most vulnerable on Delhi road, says IIT-Delhi study

Data shows that 52 cyclists died on Delhi roads between 2017 and 2019, while 541 motorcyclists and 53 car occupants succumbed to road injuries over the same period

Cyclists on Kartavya Path in New Delhi in September 2020. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Capital sees hottest day in a decade for first week of February

Delhi on Monday witnessed its hottest February day in two years, and the warmest day for the first week of the month since at least 2013, with parts of the Capital recording a maximum temperature of over 29 degrees Celsius (°C), according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD)

At Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Monday. India Meteorological Department forecasts show that the maximum temperature could drop by at least two degrees on Tuesday due to an increase in wind speed. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Spells of dense fog this winter highest in 5 yrs

This was the sixth winter season in a row when the city failed to log the normal long-term average mark of 99 hours of dense fog hours

Lodhi Garden on in New Delhi on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photoimes)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:49 PM IST

Study flags unaccounted sources adding to Delhi’s pollution load

Experts say unless these sources are recognised, they cannot be acted upon in the fight to bring down pollution.

A two-wheeler on a smoggy day in the Capital. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 11:42 PM IST

This January in Delhi was coldest since 2013: Data

The average monthly maximum, recorded at 19.7°C, too was 0.4 degrees below the normal, the data showed

IMD said Delhi’s cold weather can be attributed to two strong western disturbance spells affecting the Himalayas. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 08:19 AM IST

Overnight showers help Delhi bridge Jan deficit

A western disturbance refers to an area of “disturbed” or reduced air pressure, moving from the west to the east, carrying with it moisture associated with rainfall, snowfall and fog in northern India

According to Met data, Safdarjung, which is considered representative of the Capital’s weather, recorded 20.4mm of rain between 8.30am on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 05:24 AM IST

Particles from smoke, garbage burning cause max air pollution in last 3 months

Delhi government data shows secondary inorganic aerosols account for 33% of the particulate matter 2.5 pollution in the Capital, and garbage burning had a share of 24%

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Real Time Source Apportionment Study's Supersite and Mobile Van at Rouse Avenue on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Kejriwal unveils study, devices to help combat air pollution in Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the source apportionment study, a supersite, a van and a portal to gather, analyse and share air pollution data in the capital

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the launch of a Supersite and van for the real time source apportionment study of air pollution in the city. (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:03 AM IST

Red-headed vulture seen at Delhi’s Bhatti mines, first since 2017

The bird was spotted during an ongoing winter raptor survey, which is carried out by the Bombay Natural History Society each year at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

The red-headed vulture is “critically endangered”, with less than 10,000 of these birds existing worldwide. (Courtesy: Manan Singh Mahadev)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:29 PM IST

Rarest of rare case: American black vulture spotted in Gurugram

Birders across the National Capital Region (NCR) sighted a black vulture (Coragyps atratus) in Gurugram’s Chandu Budhera – a sighting that is being described as the ‘rarest of rare’ because the bird is not found in Asia, or even Europe, making it the first such sighting for the region

The bird was spotted around 500 metres from the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant on Friday afternoon. (Representative Image/Getty Images)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 11:17 PM IST

Delhi govt plans to weed out invasive plants in Ridge

The project will commence at atentative cost of ₹1.09 crore. Once cleared, the weeds and cleared waste will be dumped in parts of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Vilayati kikar tree at the Northern Ridge in New Delhi, India. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 02:01 AM IST
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