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Forest dept investigates complaint of fresh encroachments in Southern Ridge

In the complaint, Akash Vashishtha, who is an environmental activist and lawyer, said fresh constructions are being undertaken at these two locations, for which trees are being felled. The ecology of the southern ridge is deteriorating due to these encroachments, states the complaint.
Under the orders of the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of restoring Neela Hauz, a large pond in south Delhi. By March 2013, it is scheduled to complete the work that involves removing weed and hyacinth infestation, dredging, planting local trees and shrubs and constructing walking tracks. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Under the orders of the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of restoring Neela Hauz, a large pond in south Delhi. By March 2013, it is scheduled to complete the work that involves removing weed and hyacinth infestation, dredging, planting local trees and shrubs and constructing walking tracks. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 04, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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Problem of plenty: Ban no bar, Delhi markets struggle to get rid of plastics

  • Earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic cutlery and straws were found in use with shopkeepers saying that they were not able to find alternatives suggested by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
A MCD official said enforcement teams seized 689.01 kg of plastic items and issued 368 challans on Friday.
A MCD official said enforcement teams seized 689.01 kg of plastic items and issued 368 challans on Friday.
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 08:11 AM IST
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Delhi got half its July rain in a day

  • The arrival of monsoon was declared on Thursday, when it began raining early in the morning. From 8.30am on Thursday to 8.30am on Friday — the period between the two morning hours is how IMD classifies its 24-hour period — the city recorded 117.2mm. Normally, Delhi records 210.6mm of rain in July.
A view of clear sky at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
A view of clear sky at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 07:24 AM IST
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Cold comfort for a change: Monsoon lands in Delhi

Safdarjung, the observatory representative of Delhi’s weather, was also the national capital's wettest station, receiving 116.6mm of rain between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Thursday, followed by Lodhi Road, which got 107.6mm. A bulk of this rain was between 8.30am and 2.30pm, the Met department said.
Commuters during heavy rain near India Gate at Rajpath in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Commuters during heavy rain near India Gate at Rajpath in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 12:42 PM IST
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Parts submerged, waterlogged roads force Delhi traffic to a standstill

Traffic police said mostly it was underpasses that got submerged after heavy rain was recorded on Wednesday morning. Prominent among the underpasses where traffic movement had to be stopped was Pul Prahladpur in south-east Delhi.
A view of the underpass partially submerged in logged rain water after heavy rain at Pul Prahladpur in New Delh, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
A view of the underpass partially submerged in logged rain water after heavy rain at Pul Prahladpur in New Delh, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 03:51 AM IST
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Mercury plummets 11.9°C in a day, caps off a hotter than normal June in Delhi

While Delhi received 116.6mm rain on June 30, it took place after 8.30 am on Thursday. This means that it will be accounted for in July’s rain data. The IMD calculates the day’s rainfall reading between 8.30am and 8.30am the next day.
A view of Delhi-Meerut Expressway during heavy rain in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
A view of Delhi-Meerut Expressway during heavy rain in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 04:05 AM IST
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IMD declares onset of monsoon over Delhi; ‘orange’ alert in place for Friday too

Monsoon arrived in Delhi this year after a delay of three days against its normal date of June 27, but is still better compared to 2021 when it arrived on July 13 after a 16-day wait
An overcast sky seen on the outskirts of Delhi on Thursday morning. (HT Photo)
An overcast sky seen on the outskirts of Delhi on Thursday morning. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 30, 2022 11:50 AM IST
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Single-use plastic ban to come into force across India from tomorrow

DPCC officials said that adequate time has been given to suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to phase out these items and ensure a zero inventory of the banned stock from July 1 onwards.
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:39 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Plastic ban: SUP still available in Delhi markets, traders awaiting alternatives

At the Karol Bagh market, multiple shops, include juice and lassi sellers were using plastic cups. While some said that paper cup are costlier than plastic ones, some others said they were phasing out the stock.
While the government says a majority of the manufacturers of the banned SUP items have already switched to alternatives such as items made out of bamboo, jute, paper or wood, some producers said they were still looking to set up new machines. (Sunil Ghosh /HT)
While the government says a majority of the manufacturers of the banned SUP items have already switched to alternatives such as items made out of bamboo, jute, paper or wood, some producers said they were still looking to set up new machines. (Sunil Ghosh /HT)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 04:42 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

‘Orange alert’ in place, Delhi may get rain today, says IMD

Delhi’s relative humidity levels oscillated between 41 and 77 percent respectively on Wednesday, but the maximum temperature came down at most stations across the city.
The IMD currently has an ‘orange’ alert in place for Thursday, owing to chances of light to moderate showers, as well as wind speeds touching 40 km/hr during the day.(HT File Photo)
The IMD currently has an ‘orange’ alert in place for Thursday, owing to chances of light to moderate showers, as well as wind speeds touching 40 km/hr during the day.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 05:04 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

From uneasy to unbearable: Delhi heat at dangerous levels

The wet-bulb temperature in Delhi also rose to 33.7 degrees, the highest so far this year, after hitting 32.11 degrees on Monday.
Wet-bulb temperatures of over 32 degrees makes it difficult for even fit and acclimatised people to work outdoors.(HT Photo)
Wet-bulb temperatures of over 32 degrees makes it difficult for even fit and acclimatised people to work outdoors.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 05:20 AM IST
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Passenger footfall at Delhi airport nears pre-pandemic levels: Data

In terms of total aircraft movements, both domestic and International, there has been an increase of around 37% since February -- it increased from 26,176 to 36,072 in May.
In 2019, the Delhi airport handled 5.37 million passengers in February, 5.48 million in March, 4.96 million in April and 5.28 million in May, the AAI said.(HT_PRINT)
In 2019, the Delhi airport handled 5.37 million passengers in February, 5.48 million in March, 4.96 million in April and 5.28 million in May, the AAI said.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 05:24 AM IST
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Delhi misses its date with monsoon, light rain likely

  • The southwest monsoon usually arrives at the capital on June 27. It missed the date last year as well, arriving 16 days late. The delay is unlikely to be that long this year.
Last year, the early advance of the monsoon stalled by the second week of June.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Last year, the early advance of the monsoon stalled by the second week of June.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 05:44 AM IST
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At 40°C, Capital feels like 52°C as high humidity spikes heat index

  • Delhi’s wet-bulb temperature was 32.11 degrees on Sunday, also the highest so far for the capital this year. Both these measures are likely to remain high over the next couple of days, weather officials said.
People in Delhi can expect some relief only from June 30.(ANI Photo)
People in Delhi can expect some relief only from June 30.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 11:30 AM IST
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Eco-restoration: Foresters to weed out vilayati kikar from Central Ridge

Forest officials said while a major chunk of the invasive tree species has been pruned in the pilot project area, adjacent to Vande Mataram Marg, the plantation work is set to begin next month, when the monsoon hits the capital.
Vilayati kikar (Babul) tree at Ridge in New Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Vilayati kikar (Babul) tree at Ridge in New Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 02:41 AM IST
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After relatively dry summer, Delhi pins hopes on a plentiful monsoon

The capital is expected to be hot and humid on Monday, with some drizzles and light rain expected in the next two days, the weather bureau predicted.
While there have been a few western disturbances this summer, a majority have been inactive. Western disturbances often lead to showers in the city.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
While there have been a few western disturbances this summer, a majority have been inactive. Western disturbances often lead to showers in the city.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 03:02 AM IST
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Rail agency fined 5.93 crore for damaging 990 trees in Delhi's Dwarka

A senior forest official said following the excavation, a hearing was held on June 8 and RLDA agreed to comply with any directions issued by the tree officer.
The rail body said it will comply with the findings of the forest department and will submit the fine amount soon.(Sourced)
The rail body said it will comply with the findings of the forest department and will submit the fine amount soon.(Sourced)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 01:03 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

CAQM asks NCR states to adopt list of standard approved fuels

CAQM on June 8 announced the ban on use of coal in industrial, domestic and other miscellaneous applications in the Delhi-NCR region from January 1
 (AP)
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Updated on Jun 25, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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Forest dept to gauge level of groundwater in Delhi’s Asola park

Delhi’s forest and wildlife department will soon launch a three-year study to assess the possible increase in the groundwater table at the Asola Bhati Wildlife Sanctuary --the result of several water conservation measures adopted since 2020--officials said on Wednesday
Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 05:10 AM IST
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Delhi airport becomes India’s first to run entirely on hydro and solar energy

Since June 1, around 6 per cent of the airport’s electricity requirement is being met from on-site solar power plants, while the remaining 94 per cent energy is coming from a hydropower plant
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport. (ANI Photo)
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 03:21 PM IST
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NGT-appointed panel calls for expanding of Delhi’s noise monitoring network

At present, only the Delhi Police can taken penal action, while agencies such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment Board have no powers to take on-the-spot action against noise polluters.
A ‘no honking’ sign on a busy road. Image for representation only. (Hindustan Times)
A ‘no honking’ sign on a busy road. Image for representation only. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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Mapping the Delhi heat: Daily max temperature, and beyond

Experts say heat index is often highest during the month of June and early parts of July, with humidity levels constantly remaining around 40-50%, coupled with temperatures of over 40 degrees, with the body’s ability to not effectively sweat making it more dangerous than spells of dry heat.
According to Live Weather, a weather channel, since May 26, there has been a difference of as much as 7 degrees between the actual temperature and the HI in Delhi, with a temperature of 39.4°C and a relative humidity of 40% on May 30, making it feel more like 47°C . (ANI)
According to Live Weather, a weather channel, since May 26, there has been a difference of as much as 7 degrees between the actual temperature and the HI in Delhi, with a temperature of 39.4°C and a relative humidity of 40% on May 30, making it feel more like 47°C . (ANI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 11:23 AM IST
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Delhi students provide farmers with portable solutions to minimise vegetable spoilage

Part of their project ‘Zaraat’, the students have been trying to minimise post-harvest loss by providing affordable cold storage solutions, which include portable tent-like storages and cold storage boxes, among others.
The Enactus students have been providing these options at a minimal charge, interacting with local farmers and vegetable sellers in finding a solution to the problems associated with climate change and post-harvest loss. (HT PHOTO.)
The Enactus students have been providing these options at a minimal charge, interacting with local farmers and vegetable sellers in finding a solution to the problems associated with climate change and post-harvest loss. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 05:42 PM IST
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Energy efficient homes: Building a green space in the concrete jungle

For 48-year-old architect Sandeep Gandhi, when the opportunity arose to reconstruct his ancestral home in Naraina Vihar, he was quick to convince his siblings to opt for an energy-efficient and green building.
An open courtyard allows sunlight in, ensuring rooms are well-lit. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
An open courtyard allows sunlight in, ensuring rooms are well-lit. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 05:42 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Green grass pavers: Beginning a grassroots revolution in colonies

A green activist from south Delhi’s Sarvodaya Enclave asked people in her neighbourhood in 2012 to replace concrete tiles outside their houses with green grass-pavers – tiles with space to grow grass in between which allows water to percolate down to the soil.
Green pavers allow water to percolate into the ground. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Green pavers allow water to percolate into the ground. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 05:29 AM IST
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Rain harvesting: Making each drop count at his home

62-year-old Ramit Budhiraja, who lives in Defence Colony, focuses on two areas -- to ensure water recyclability, and heat mitigation.
Defence Colony resident Ramit Budhiraja.
Defence Colony resident Ramit Budhiraja.
Published on Jun 05, 2022 05:10 AM IST
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62% Delhi land degrading: Report

The report, released ahead of the World Environment Day on Sunday, also finds the Capital is currently off-track on six out of the 15 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations for 2030.
A view of morning traffic in New Delhi. (AFP)
A view of morning traffic in New Delhi. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 05:23 AM IST
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DDA’s drain project to end waterlogging at Delhi airport gets forest dept nod

  • The drain, aimed at removing water from the airpory area, will be built through Dwarka’s Sector 8, DDA officials said.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi. (ANI PHOTO)
Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 06:19 AM IST
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By, Risha Chitlangia, New Delhi

Why IMD failed to forecast the Delhi storm?

  • IMD issues green alerts for days when no weather phenomenon is expected, with the thundery development forecast generally signifying overcast skies, without any rain.
A view of a tree uprooted and fallen on a car at Harish Chander Mathur Lane following heavy thunderstorms and rain in New Delhi.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
A view of a tree uprooted and fallen on a car at Harish Chander Mathur Lane following heavy thunderstorms and rain in New Delhi.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Delhi LG orders survey of tree damage, directs officials to ensure upkeep

The LG also directed officials to de-concretise a one metre radius around tree bases, conduct necessary pruning, and identify and trim weak branches of trees, especially those hanging over the roads, so that the damage is not repeated.
According to rules set by a Delhi high court order and later a National Green Tribunal (NGT) mandate, there should be no concretisation in a one metre radius or 6x6 sqft space around a tree. (ANI)
According to rules set by a Delhi high court order and later a National Green Tribunal (NGT) mandate, there should be no concretisation in a one metre radius or 6x6 sqft space around a tree. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 05:32 AM IST
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