Jasjeev Gandhiok
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Minimum mercury below 10°C for 9 days in a row in Delhi

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.

People walk on a smoggy morning at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi on Saturday. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
People walk on a smoggy morning at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi on Saturday. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 04:24 AM IST

AAP’s false promises won’t work: Anurag Thakur

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

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur during the MCD election campaign for candidate Manoj Jindal at Shastri Nagar, in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur during the MCD election campaign for candidate Manoj Jindal at Shastri Nagar, in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 11:31 PM IST

Mercury falls to season’s low of 8.9°C as winter chill envelops Delhi

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.

Kartavya Path amid low visibility due to smog. (PTI)
Kartavya Path amid low visibility due to smog. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 12:06 AM IST

Mercury dips to season’s lowest in Delhi, may drop further

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

Commuters in Mandi House on a smoggy morning in New Delhi on November 16. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Commuters in Mandi House on a smoggy morning in New Delhi on November 16. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 11:48 PM IST

Winds to push mercury down this week in Delhi: IMD

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.

An early morning view of Kartavyapath, near India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
An early morning view of Kartavyapath, near India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 05:18 AM IST

Winter chill sets in: Mercury may fall to 10°C in Delhi this week, IMD predicts

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.

Forecasts from the Indian weather office show that Delhi’s minimum is expected to remain around the 13-degree mark until Wednesday, before dipping closer to 12 degrees on Thursday, to around 11 degrees by Friday and is likely to touch the 10-degree mark by Saturday.
Forecasts from the Indian weather office show that Delhi’s minimum is expected to remain around the 13-degree mark until Wednesday, before dipping closer to 12 degrees on Thursday, to around 11 degrees by Friday and is likely to touch the 10-degree mark by Saturday.
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 07:09 AM IST

Strong local winds help AQI in Delhi to stay poor

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

New Delhi, India - November 10, 2022: A clear sky seen at Kartvya Path/ near India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Strong surface winds brought some relief from high pollution levels in Delhi and improved visibility. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - November 10, 2022: A clear sky seen at Kartvya Path/ near India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Strong surface winds brought some relief from high pollution levels in Delhi and improved visibility. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 12:18 AM IST

Ban on petrol BS-III, diesel BS-IV vehicles to continue in Delhi

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

Gurugram, Nov 10 (ANI): A vehicular traffic is seen on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway, in Gurugram on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Gurugram, Nov 10 (ANI): A vehicular traffic is seen on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway, in Gurugram on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 12:09 AM IST

Warmest November day since 2008 in Delhi; rain likely this week: IMD

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.

The IMD has forecast shallow fog for Tuesday, with the maximum expected to be around 32°C, while the minimum will be around 17°C. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
The IMD has forecast shallow fog for Tuesday, with the maximum expected to be around 32°C, while the minimum will be around 17°C. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 07:00 AM IST

Air curbs eased but old vehicles remain barred

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.

Akshardham temple shrouded in smog as the Air Quality Index (AQI) remains in the 'very poor' category, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Akshardham temple shrouded in smog as the Air Quality Index (AQI) remains in the 'very poor' category, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 11:18 PM IST

Some curbs go as wind gives breathing space, improves air in Delhi

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 ban affected 300,000 diesel vehicles and 200,000 petrol vehicles. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
The ban affected 300,000 diesel vehicles and 200,000 petrol vehicles. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 06:31 AM IST

‘One Delhi’ app to reflect live bus locations later this week

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.

Once updated, the app will allow users to search for the live location of 7,300 buses on at least 500 bus routes across the Capital and locate their nearest bus stop accordingly. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Once updated, the app will allow users to search for the live location of 7,300 buses on at least 500 bus routes across the Capital and locate their nearest bus stop accordingly. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 07:39 AM IST

Curbs on schools, cars as Delhi chokes again

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.

Dense smog at the Signature Bridge in New Delhi on Friday (ANI)
Dense smog at the Signature Bridge in New Delhi on Friday (ANI)
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 04:50 AM IST

AQI hits 450; CAQM says get all BS-IV diesel vehicles off the roads

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.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway witnessed heavy pollution levels in the afternoon, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2022. (HT Photos)
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway witnessed heavy pollution levels in the afternoon, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2022. (HT Photos)
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 12:41 AM IST

Construction ban flouted in several Delhi colonies

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

Construction work near Old JNU campus. (HT Photo)
Construction work near Old JNU campus. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 12:26 AM IST

Wind speed brings down AQI but farm fires double

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.

Heavy smog has been deteriorating the city’s air quality, as seen here early morning at Majlis Park in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. (HT Photos)
Heavy smog has been deteriorating the city’s air quality, as seen here early morning at Majlis Park in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. (HT Photos)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 12:56 AM IST

Fires, dust, weather plunge Delhi into air emergency

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.

A man carries a sack along the road in front of India Gate amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi on November 1, 2022. (AFP)
A man carries a sack along the road in front of India Gate amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi on November 1, 2022. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 02, 2022 07:19 AM IST

Why air in Anand Vihar, Vivek Vihar is more polluted than Delhi avg

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

A dense blanket of smog shrouds Kaushambi in Delhi in the early hours of Sunday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
A dense blanket of smog shrouds Kaushambi in Delhi in the early hours of Sunday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 12:19 AM IST

Alarm bells ring as Delhi’s AQI enters ‘severe’ zone

Delhi’s AQI hit the season’s high so far on Saturday, when pollution gauges read 397 at 4pm.

Commuters in Anand Vihar, the most polluted area in Delhi, on Sunday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Commuters in Anand Vihar, the most polluted area in Delhi, on Sunday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 12:20 AM IST

Delhi skies turn sepia as farm fire smoke shrouds Capital

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

A thick haze at India Gate in Delhi on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A thick haze at India Gate in Delhi on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 01:12 PM IST

Delhi: Sanjay Lake to be first water body to get wetland tag

The wetland tag, which ensures legal protection and funds for renovations, will be extended to at least 19 other water bodies in Delhi.

Sanjay Lake, spread over 52 acres, and the 120-odd acres that surround it are under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Sanjay Lake, spread over 52 acres, and the 120-odd acres that surround it are under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2022 11:49 PM IST

Spike in Delhi pollution as winter spiral begins

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.

A blanket of smog over the Yamuna River near Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, October 27, 2022. (Hindustan Times)
A blanket of smog over the Yamuna River near Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, October 27, 2022. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 27, 2022 11:55 PM IST

Why the Yamuna in Delhi froths every year: An explainer

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

A thick layer of foam blankets the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
A thick layer of foam blankets the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 02:37 PM IST

Over 60% paddy area in Punjab still to be cleared, more farm fires to come: CAQM

State data showed that on Thursday Punjab recorded 1,111 farm fires, taking the number of farm fires of this season to 8147.

A farmer burns paddy stubble in Punjab. (PTI)
A farmer burns paddy stubble in Punjab. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 05:04 AM IST

Strong winds, lower farm fires help Delhi avert air disaster

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

A relatively clear view of India Gate in Delhi the morning after Diwali. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
A relatively clear view of India Gate in Delhi the morning after Diwali. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 07:11 AM IST

Delhi cracker ban turns to ashes, violations go undeterred

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.

People burst firecrackers in Delhi on Diwali. (PTI)
People burst firecrackers in Delhi on Diwali. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 10:43 AM IST

No check on crackers but wind, sun aid city

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.

Morning walkers out in the smog, a day after Diwali, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. (Hindustan Times)
Morning walkers out in the smog, a day after Diwali, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 11:18 PM IST

Poisonous cocktail in crackers cause lasting damage to health

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 study, which surveyed clusters based on neighbourhoods, found that after Diwali, people in one of these densely packed residential areas, Kotla, reported more instances of fever and fatigue. (AP Photo)
The study, which surveyed clusters based on neighbourhoods, found that after Diwali, people in one of these densely packed residential areas, Kotla, reported more instances of fever and fatigue. (AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2022 06:45 AM IST

Calm wind, farm fires signal polluted Diwali

The contribution of farm residue burning across the northern plains is expected to rise to 15-18% by the day after Diwali

A layer of smog covers Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
A layer of smog covers Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2022 07:33 AM IST

Fish in Najafgarh drain died of pollution, sewage in July: Report

The Najafgarh drain connects the Najafgarh Jheel to the Yamuna, with several drains from Haryana bringing sewage, sludge and effluents to the lake.

Officials found that of the eight locations they analysed in the drain, only two were found to be compliant with the general standards of discharge of environmental pollutants laid down by the CPCB. (HT Photo)
Officials found that of the eight locations they analysed in the drain, only two were found to be compliant with the general standards of discharge of environmental pollutants laid down by the CPCB. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 07:49 AM IST
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