Articles by Jasjeev Gandhiok
Scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said north India is unlikely to see a western disturbance at all this month, as a result of which the minimum temperature is predicted to fall below 7°C.
The Union information and broadcasting minister held three public meets in the city on Saturday and said residents were “feeling suffocated” by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), equating it to Delhi’s noxious winter air pollution levels
This dip in mercury also pushed Delhi’s air quality back in to the “very poor” category on Sunday where it stayed on Monday. The Capital recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 310 according to Central Pollution Control Board’s national bulletin at 4pm—a slight decrease from Sunday’s reading of 314.
The India Meteorological Department forecast a minimum temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius on both Friday and Saturday, with chances of mercury falling below the 10-degree mark in parts of the city
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 15.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and 13.2°C on Wednesday, which is around normal for this time of the year.
Delhi’s minimum temperature on Sunday was 12.6 degrees Celsius – one degree below normal for this time of the year and the joint-lowest minimum of this winter season so far.
Delhi’s air quality deteriorated on Thursday but remained in the ‘poor’ category for a second consecutive day, with an air quality index (AQI) value of 295, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s national bulletin released at 4 pm
Delhi’s transport department on Thursday reviewed the ongoing ban on BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles and said the curbs will remain in place for a few more days, with another review meeting likely to be held soon
Met officials said a combination of easterly winds -- which are warmer than the cold northwesterly winds usually prevalent at this time of the year -- coupled with clear skies, led to the unusually warm weather.
Primary schools in Delhi will reopen from Wednesday, but petrol and diesel vehicles that adhere only to older emission norms will have to stay off the roads for now, state environment minister Gopal Rai announced on Monday, a day after the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) eased pollution control measures on the back of cleaner air over the weekend.
The Capital clocked an AQI of 339 (very poor) on Sunday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4pm bulletin, an improvement from 381 on Saturday and significantly better than 447 (severe) on Friday.
The mobile app, first launched in 2019, has been developed by the Delhi government in collaboration with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, and aims to help commuters navigate public transport systems in the city.
The Delhi government on Friday ordered primary schools shut, restricted outdoor activities for older students, and imposed a ₹20,000 fine on the use of private diesel vehicles not conforming to the new BS-VI emissions standards, scrambling with emergency measures as the air remained in hazardous levels for the second straight day.
The central pollution control authority on Thursday called for a series of sweeping new restrictions such as banning the entry of diesel trucks and use of older private diesel vehicles, and urged government to consider shutting schools and shifting offices to remote working as the Capital’s air quality plunged to its worst level this year.
At localities in Chhatarpur, Chhatarpur Enclave, Munirka, Malviya Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, Tilak Nagar and Janakpuri, construction work on buildings was going on when HT visited these neighbourhoods on Wednesday
Farm fires in Punjab surged to their highest levels this season, prompting experts to sound warnings of severe air pollution in the Capital in the coming week even though there was a slight respite on Wednesday, and sparking a political war of words over the annual crisis.
Delhi breathed its filthiest air of the season on Tuesday, when the air quality index (AQI) jumped to the “severe” zone for the first time this season, as a lethal combination of farm fires in northern states, still local winds, dust from construction sites, and cool temperatures pushed the Capital headlong into a pollution emergency.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said DPCC has identified ongoing construction work on the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor, local dust and pollution from diesel buses plying from a bus terminus on the Uttar Pradesh side as the three key reasons for higher pollution at these locations
Delhi’s AQI hit the season’s high so far on Saturday, when pollution gauges read 397 at 4pm.
Air quality in the next seven days could be worse as the fires peak during the first week of November. Last year, the contribution of stubble burning had touched 36% on November 5 and 48% on November 7, Safar data show. In 2020, the contribution of stubble burning touched a peak of 42% on November 5
The wetland tag, which ensures legal protection and funds for renovations, will be extended to at least 19 other water bodies in Delhi.
The air quality index (AQI) slumped from an uncharacteristically clean 271 on Wednesday to 354 on Thursday, according to the 4pm bulletins released on both days by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Every year on Chhath, thousands of devotees take a dip in the river at several ghats to celebrate the four-day festival. Last year too, hundreds of devotees were seen taking a dip in the river at Kalindi Kunj despite a heavy layer of foam over the water surface
State data showed that on Thursday Punjab recorded 1,111 farm fires, taking the number of farm fires of this season to 8147.
Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) worsened from 259 (poor) at 4pm a day before Diwali to 312 (very poor) on Monday, but then fell to 303 on Tuesday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) daily bulletin
Officials and residents conceded that firecrackers were burst, while data shared by the Delhi Police suggested there was little enforcement of the ban: there were 23 cases registered relating to the use and sale of firecrackers in the last 24 days.
The national capital witnessed the unfettered use of firecrackers across the city on Diwali, but the city was spared the toxic aftermath of flagrant violations as strong winds washed away much of the pollutants that choked the city’s air on Monday evening.
Every year, on Diwali, the concentration of ultra-fine PM2.5 particles that contain a variety of heavy metals and toxic chemical compounds multiplies manifold between evening and the next morning as people set off firecrackers.
The contribution of farm residue burning across the northern plains is expected to rise to 15-18% by the day after Diwali
The Najafgarh drain connects the Najafgarh Jheel to the Yamuna, with several drains from Haryana bringing sewage, sludge and effluents to the lake.