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Delhi pollution body identifies 164 vulnerable waste dumping spots

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has identified 164 "vulnerable" spots in the city's industrial areas where dumping and burning of industrial waste is taking place. The DPCC will conduct day and night patrolling to curb the burning of waste and penalize violators on the spot. The problem is most severe in the outer parts of Delhi. Experts suggest that similar action is needed in the entire national capital region to improve air quality.

DPCC said spots have been identified across all 24 major industrial areas of the city with the problem being most severe in the outer parts of Delhi. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 05:54 AM IST

Delhi AQI below 200, GRAP measures yet to kick in

Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) improved to 143 — below the threshold of 201 for the anti-pollution measures to kick in.

Forecasts by the Early Warning System show that the city’s AQI is likely to remain below 200 till at least October 10. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 04:31 AM IST

Much ado at Delhi zoo as two crocodiles escape enclosure

The two crocodiles were found roaming in the zoo premises before it was opened to visitors for the day

Zoo officials said the marsh crocodiles were found before the zoo opened for the public. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 10:44 PM IST

Unregistered C&D debris sites may be shut down: DPCC

The order came days before the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) comes into effect in the Capital starting October 1

DPCC data shows that till September 22, only 1,038 C&D sites registered themselves on the government’s portal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 05:34 AM IST

Study at Delhi’s Asola sanctuary over impact of dumping in old mining pits

The proposal, drafted by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, will also prepare a management plan for the sanctuary

WII’s proposal, submitted to the RMB, stated all mining pits at the sanctuary will be delineated and marked with their geophysical features. The proposal further states biological attribute maps of different flora and fauna will be created, with critical habitats in the sanctuary to be highlighted for focused efforts. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:35 PM IST

5 projects cleared on Delhi Ridge, nearly 100 trees to be hit

39 trees will be transplanted or felled for the new lab complex by IUAC, which will be built over 0.29 hectares of geo-morphological Ridge.

Any permission for construction or development work in Ridge areas has to be cleared by RMB. The body considers the geo-morphological Ridge — areas not demarcated as the Ridge but display Ridge-like features. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Delhi forest dept working on draft tree adoption policy

Under the policy, individuals or NGOs will likely be able to take care of a tree for years, with the government providing financial assistance

New Delhi, India - Sept. 21, 2023: A view of an old Banyan Tree inside a compound near Nai Sadak in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 21, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)**To go with Jasjeev's Story (Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 11:47 PM IST

Satellite images show farm fires in Punjab and Haryana

Between September 15 and 18, Punjab recorded six fires, while Haryana recorded a farm fire each on September 15 and 16

VK Sehgal, professor and principal scientist at IARI, who is a part of CREAMS, said a clear trend will begin to emerge from October, when the monsoon has withdrawn and harvesting will generally begin. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:04 AM IST

Stringent rules for pet shops, but yet to be enforced in Delhi

Experts said that a lack of inspections of pet means that pets are being kept in cramped cages, with hygiene rules being flouted

A pet shop at Moti Nagar in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 11:31 PM IST

2 Aerocity flyovers to help connectivity in Delhi-NCR

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates IGI airport, is building two flyovers to decongest Aerocity

At Northern Access Road near Aerocity in New Delhi on Tuesday. . The first of the facilities, called Aerocity flyover, will be around 800m long, with one end near the Andaz Delhi hotel and the other end at Central Spine Road. The second flyover, called Parallel Access Road Flyover, will have one end near the Hanuman temple on National Highway 48 (NH-48) and the other end near Andaz Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:03 PM IST

Cost of breathing bad air? 11.9 years in Delhi and 11.2 years in Gurugram: Study

Delhi is the most polluted megacity in the world with Noida and Gurugram next in line with average loss of life of more than 11 years

After Delhi, the average resident of Gautam Budh Nagar (which comprises Noida and Greater Noida) may lose 11.3 years of their lives, followed by Gurugram (11.2 years), Faridabad (10.8 years) and Ghaziabad (10.7 years), indicating that the entire metropolitan area requires immediate attention in tackling air pollution. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 03:22 PM IST

Indira Gandhi International airport spruced up with fountains, flowerpots

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport is ready to welcome dignitaries and delegates attending the G20 Summit in the Capital

The operator has also spruced up the area around the terminal, with the installation of designer fountains, sculptures, and decorative flowerpots. DIAL also plans to install lighting in the colours of the national flag. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 11:53 PM IST

Subway planned to connect IGI Airport Metro, T2 in Delhi

With the new subway, this distance from T2 to T3 will be cut down from around 500m to a mere 70m, officials aware of the project said.

Officials said the subway will be 10m wide and have a height of 4.2m, and will cost around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>26.60 crore. They said it will be constructed using a box pushing method and will likely take 21 months from the date the tender is awarded to complete. (Representational Image/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 02:08 AM IST

G20 summit: Supreme Court Metro station gets pedestrian plaza

The station, on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro, is the nearest one to the Bharat Mandapam complex in Pragati Maidan

The plaza, construction of which began in April this year, will be ready by the end of the month, a DMRC official said (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 11:10 PM IST

Delhi zoo to celebrate first birthday of white tiger cubs

As part of the festivities, the cubs will be provided a meal consisting of red meat, and a ceremonial ‘cake’ will be cut

White tiger cubs Avni and Vyom playing in their enclosure at the Delhi zoo in June. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 04:57 AM IST

Govt to hire 40 trainers for its urban farming scheme in Delhii

The Delhi government's forest and wildlife department will hire 40 people to conduct workshops on urban farming at the ward level. The workshops will teach locals and resident welfare association members how to grow vegetables or fruit on their roofs or balconies using techniques like hydroponic or container farming. The department plans to conduct 400 workshops beginning in September. Interested applicants should have an undergraduate degree in science and be able to communicate in Hindi and English. The trainers will receive training through a two-day master workshop organized by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Combating Climate Change.

Updated on Aug 21, 2023 11:44 PM IST

Delhi logs max temp of 38.1°C on warmest August day in 4 yrs

Delhi experienced the highest August daytime temperature in four years, reaching 38.1°C. It is expected to cool down with light rain and a drop in mercury.

On a humid day at India Gate. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 12:12 AM IST

Majority of trees transplanted for bus depot in north Delhi dying

The forest department carried out a site inspection and found several trees transplanted to have completely dried up

The department said the project had requisite permission to transplant 234 trees while four others were to be felled for the construction of the cluster bus depot number 2, which is being built on the premises of the Driver Training Institute. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Only 2 of 18 drains in Delhi pass crucial test

The Shahdara drain emerged as Delhi’s most polluting drain this August, recording a BOD concentration of 53 mg/litre

The report said that considerable efforts are still required to control sewage and industrial effluents flowing through these drains into the Yamuna. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 11:54 PM IST

Four bat species missing from Delhi amid rapid urbanisation

Another reason for the decline in bat numbers which is a drop in green cover, and the improper renovation of monuments which housed these mammals

The black-bearded tomb bat. (Chaitra/Rajesh)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 01:45 PM IST

Delhi Metro to monitor vibration levels at 90 locations

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will monitor vibration levels at 90 locations in its network and take corrective action if levels exceed standards. The move is aimed at ensuring safety and efficiency of the infrastructure, particularly in underground stations where vibration damage is a key problem. Tri-axial velocity sensors will be used to measure and monitor vibrations, and the data will also be used to assess the effectiveness of previous interventions. The monitoring will be completed within one year after the tender is awarded.

The tests will be done along all Metro lines. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 11:23 PM IST

In exchange plan, Delhi Zoo to get stump tailed macaque

The macaque will be brought from Aizawl zoo while six silver pheasants will be sent to Aizawl in return

Delhi Zoo will also carry out exchange of deer species which is aimed at reducing inbreeding. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 04:44 AM IST

Delhi govt plans to create ‘urban forest’ in Najafgarh

The forest and wildlife department is set to create its first ‘Miyawaki’ forest at Kharkari Jatmal in Najafgarh in southwest Delhi and has floated a tender.

The Miyawaki forest technique was pioneered by Japanese botanist, Akira Miyawaki, and is believed to ensure faster plant growth which results in denser plantation. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 11:52 PM IST

Arun Jaitley Stadium among 20 grounds extracting groundwater without NOC

An inspection of 26 stadiums across the country found 24 had borewells or tubewells installed, but only four such stadiums had a valid NOC

DDCA, which owns and operates the Arun Jaitley Stadium, said that has begun the process of compliance with the norms. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 12:00 AM IST

All Chinar saplings along Delhi’s SP Marg failed to survive

The saplings were planted by lieutenant governor VK Saxena last month to beautify the stretch ahead of the G20 summit to be held in Delhi in September

The Central Ridge is part of the Aravallis — characterised by thin top soil and rocky terrain — where even only select native species can thrive, experts said, and the six species planted as part of the vanity project do not feature on the list. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 11:30 PM IST

Delhi Metro stations to get lockers ahead of launch of new app

The app will allow Metro users to e-shop and the products will be delivered at Metro stations for which lockers or “smart boxes” are being installed.

The app will allow Metro users to e-shop and the products will be delivered at Metro stations for which lockers or “smart boxes” are being installed for the delivered goods to be stored. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 03:06 AM IST

Rain, winds give Delhi best July AQI since 2015

CPCB data showed that this July, Delhi logged pollution levels in the “satisfactory” zone on 26 out of 31 days

A clear sky in New Delhi on Monday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 07:14 AM IST

Delhi: 384.66mm rain for July helps keep mercury in check

The monthly normal rainfall mark for July is 209.7mm, which means that this year, Delhi logged an excess of 83% rain over the long-period average.

Delhi recorded rain on 19 out of 31 days in July this year. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 08:54 AM IST

Delhi govt to revive plans for urban farming

The scheme was announced in April 2022 , but the programme stalled after IARI faced delays in gaining permissions, said the Delhi government

Environment minister Gopal Rai said training workshops will be carried out by the state forest department. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 10:31 PM IST

Go by emissions, not age, to scrap end-of-life vehicles in Delhi, say experts

They said authorities should strengthen pollution under control tests to detect vehicles that actually harm the environment

Since 2018, the Delhi transport department has de-registered around 5.5 million overage vehicles. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 10:23 PM IST
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