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‘Real feel’ temperature in Delhi rises to 50°C as humidity worsens torrid summer

Humid easterly winds brought discomfort to Delhi despite a slight temperature drop. Heat index reached 50°C. Relief not expected soon. Orange alert issued.

New Delhi, India - May 23, 2024: Girl covering her face with scarf During harsh sunlight on hot and bright summer afternoon, at Pandav nagar in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 24, 2024 07:25 AM IST

As Delhi swelters, city’s power demand hits record 8,000MW

The previous high, recorded on Tuesday, was 7,717MW, preceded by a demand of 7,695MW in June 2022.

New Delhi, India - May 20, 2024: Visitors brave the Heat Wave in hot summer at Kartvaya Pathlawns , in New Delhi, India, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Accused in scams to be forced to return every penny, says Modi in Delhi

PM Modi vows to return looted money by corrupt politicians to the people if re-elected. AAP accuses him of cheating, failing on pre-poll promises.

PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:18 AM IST

Delhi power demand rises to record level for second day in a row

Discoms said a combination of AI and ML models were used to forecast the expected demand, coupled with long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), helped them handle the all-time high load without any power cut

People flock to buy water coolers at Kamla Market. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:10 AM IST

Heatwave alert for 4 days in Delhi, govt tells schools to call early vacations

Delhi sweltered under a heatwave as temperatures soared above 46°C, prompting a red alert extension till Friday and school closures for summer vacations.

A man sprays cold water on his face in Ahmedabad. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 21, 2024 04:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Election Commission takes measures to fight heatwave on polling day in Delhi

Delhi’s chief electoral officer (CEO) P Krishnamurthy said the poll panel has listed out certain facilities that would be provided at all the polling booths

IMD has a heatwave alert in place till Friday and could extend it further in the coming days, officials said. (ANI)
Updated on May 21, 2024 12:35 AM IST
ByAlok KN Mishra,

BJP holds rallies in Capital as campaigning enters final stretch

The BJP called upon both present and former chief ministers of states to address roadshows across Delhi

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in Patel Nagar in New Delhi on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2024 06:18 AM IST

IMD says reading at Najafgarh is accurate, blames heat island effect

The Met department has attributed the intense weather conditions “urban heat island effect” due to a combination of factors like weak winds and secondary sources

On Sunday, the weather station logged a maximum of 47.8°C — effectively edging out conventionally hot regions in north India like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. (HT Archive)
Updated on May 20, 2024 06:16 AM IST

Delhi sizzles at 44.4°C as parts of city log heatwave

Delhi sizzles under severe heatwave conditions with temperatures reaching 44°C, triggering a red alert. IMD warns of potential heat-related illnesses.

At Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Sunday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2024 01:32 AM IST

IMD issues red alert for severe heatwave across north India

The IMD has advised people to stay indoors since there is a high possibility of developing heat-related illnesses from too much exposure to the sun

Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi was the hottest place in the capital at 46.8°C, followed by 46.7°C at Najafgarh. The latter was the warmest location across the entire country on Friday, when the maximum there touched 47.4°C. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 19, 2024 04:53 AM IST

Delhi sizzles as temperature crosses 47°C, hotter weekend ahead: IMD

Delhi sizzles as temperatures soar above 45°C, with Najafgarh hitting 47.4°C. IMD issues orange alert, warning of further rise over the weekend.

Visitors seen out on a hot afternoon at India Gate, i (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 18, 2024 04:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ridge board approved 39 projects since 2015: Report

Ridge Management Board in Delhi approved 39 projects since 2015, diverting over 300 hectares for construction, raising concerns about Ridge area conservation.

In 2015, a single proposal of diverting 35 hectares of central Ridge land to build 15 rain shelters at Buddha Jayanti Park (central Ridge) was approved by the Ridge Management Board. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:02 AM IST

Delhi feels the heat as mercury hits 42.5­°C, power demand spikes

At other weather stations, mercury crossed 44°C on Thursday, clocking 44.4°C in northwest Delhi’s Mungeshpur, followed by 44.2°C each at Najafgarh.

Visitors at Kartavya Path cover up their faces and wear caps to shield themselves from the sun. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 12:00 AM IST

Faecal matter in Dwarka rainwater pits, says Delhi pollution panel

DPCC said it tested water samples from pits in 103 out of the 180 societies in Dwarka where high ammoniacal nitrogen levels were previously found

A rainwater harvesting unit in Delhi. (HT Archive)
Updated on May 16, 2024 05:36 AM IST

Delhi to turn back clock on Najafgarh drain, rename it Sahibi River

The Sahibi River originates in Rajasthan and flows through Haryana before entering Delhi and merging with the Yamuna. In Delhi, the channelled course of the Sahibi River is presently called the Najafgarh drain

Unlike other man-made canals, the Najafgarh drain was built along the course of Sahibi River. (HT Archive)
Updated on May 15, 2024 05:32 AM IST

Mercury to hit 44°C this week, says IMD

IMD said the impact of the western disturbance, which brought an intense dust storm to Delhi-NCR last Friday, weakened and the region is likely to see clear skies from Tuesday

Delhi’s maximum temperature is likely to hover around 41°C on Tuesday, likely to reach 42°C on Wednesday, 43°C by Thursday and 44°C by Friday, IMD said. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Ridge board clears four projects on forest land in Delhi

The roads, which exist as a dirt trail, are likely to be built with paving blocks, which will be removed after the completion of the Neb Sarai Metro station

According to the minutes of the meeting, the diversion route passes through a 0.39 hectare area of the southern Ridge, and a second 0.14 hectare area passes through the morphological Ridge. The second route, however, requires a diversion of 0.04 hectares of land which a reserved Ridge forest. (HT Archive)
Updated on May 14, 2024 05:10 AM IST

For campaign ‘super Sunday’ in Delhi, BJP brings in leaders from across India

The campaign included Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Hardeep Singh Puri, and Tejasvi Surya

BJP’s Manjinder Sirsa (centre) leads a bike rally in New Delhi. (HT)
Updated on May 13, 2024 05:10 AM IST

DPCC to monitor Yamuna pollution in real time

Officials said a tender has been floated on Thursday to operationalise stations that will monitor a minimum of five different pollutants, including biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids. The real-time data will provide the body with a better understanding of the areas where certain pollutants are high and accordingly, assess the source of pollution

A view of the polluted Yamuna at the Okhla Barrage. (HT File)
Updated on May 10, 2024 05:14 AM IST

Zero bars: Tihar network jammers cripple mobile services in Delhi vicinity

500 houses and 50 shops of C4 and C5 blocks in Janakpuri are collateral damage of the 15 phone jammers installed inside Tihar to curb use of phones by prisoners

A bird’s-eye view of C5 Block in Janakpuri in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Updated on May 05, 2024 09:30 AM IST

Noise levels within limit near airport: DIAL data

Residents said the problem lay in measuring sound levels in day and night averages, contending the limits must instead be set for peak noise values recorded

The data shared by DIAL, which has been uploaded on its website too, shows out of the five stations set up, the highest average daytime and nighttime noise levels of 65.9dB and 41.9dB were recorded at Sector 19, Dwarka, on March 2 and 19 respectively. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 04:52 AM IST

BJP’s West Delhi candidate files her nomination papers

Sehrawat’s nomination affidavit showed she had moveable assets worth ₹1.30 crore and immovable assets worth ₹2.77 crore

Kamaljeet Sehrawat (sitting on the truck) — BJP candidate from West Delhi constituency — leads a roadshow before filing her nomination papers at Vikas Puri on Thursday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 01:31 PM IST

Delhi: April max ‘above normal’ but 40°C crossed just once

April in Delhi saw higher temperatures than usual, with only one day above 40°C. Despite frequent western disturbances, minimal rain kept temperatures high.

On Monday, Delhi’s maximum was 38.3°C — a degree below normal. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 03:00 AM IST

47 km of unpaved roads in Delhi fixed to cut dust pollution

The agency said that it has directed the land and road-owning bodies of Delhi to expedite the work on the pending roads

The directions came as part of the summer action plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi, being prepared by the department. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Delhi zoo set to receive hornbills from Assam

The Capital will receive the hornbills in exchange for four black bucks — a trade-off approved by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), the officials said

The animal exchange was finalised and approved by MoEFCC on March 25, and is likely to be completed over the next fortnight. (HT)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:42 AM IST

Central Ridge important habitat of rare frog, Delhi's smallest vertebrate: Study

The Microhyla nilphamariensis was first discovered in 2015 in Bangladesh and was recognised as a distinct species in Delhi only in 2019

The frog is only between 20 to 25mm in length, and is rarely found in Delhi. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2024 03:38 PM IST

91 hectares of encroached Ridge freed in Delhi: Forest department

The department has also sought four weeks to compile the data on the remaining protected forests and Ridge areas

Delhi has four prominent Ridge areas and the total area under the Ridge as reserved forests is around 7,784 hectares. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 06:22 AM IST

Over 20,000 illegal borewells in Delhi, DJB tells NGT

More than 12,000 illegal borewells have been sealed since 2021, the water utility said in a submission

The National Green Tribunal in New Delhi. (File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 05:50 AM IST

Delhi: Three eateries in Hauz Khas sealed over noise norm violations

NGT had directed DPCC to furnish a list of all eateries in the area, along with their status of operation

The action was taken after a detailed inspection of the popular market to check whether restaurants in the area were meeting the prescribed noise pollution norms. (File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 01:38 AM IST

DJB, MCD blame each other over lack of improvement in Kushak drain

The two bodies were responding to the NGT’s order issued last week, wherein both the DJB and the MCD were asked why interim compensation should not be imposed on either... The NGT had said despite both bodies setting a timeline of March 31, it was still as polluted as ever

The 6.5-km Kushak drain flows through a slew of south Delhi neighbourhoods. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 05:18 AM IST
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