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Delhi Metro sets up new command centre

The new OCC, inaugurated by DMRC’s managing director Vikas Kumar, has been designed as a state-of-the-art control and command centre

The new OCC will control the Yellow and Blue Lines and the under-construction Golden Line. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Maximum temperature approaches 30°C, could dip this week

Delhi's temperature hit 29.7°C, highest this year, 5 degrees above normal. Expect cooler days ahead as rain is forecasted, pushing max down to 23°C by Wednesday.

People rest in the shade at Lodhi Gardens on a warm Sunday afternoon. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi’s first bird census to start from February-end; to be held every 3 months

A census is planned to be carried out once every three months, which will provide the government adequate data on both resident and migratory birds

A bird atlas helps the states to look at the change in bird diversity and density over the years. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 05:46 AM IST

Dog squad to curb smuggling of illicit liquor through Delhi’s Asola

A canine unit will be trained and handed over to forest guards to help patrol the boundaries of Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

HT on July 1, 2021 reported that smugglers have created makeshift dirt tracks cutting through Asola Bhatti to smuggle large quantities of liquor into Delhi from Haryana, and have broken a portion of the sanctuary’s boundary wall, which was right next to a liquor store. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 05:36 AM IST

After 2 incidents in 7 days, Delhi Metro says audit in progress

The scope of the repair work, officials said, would include replastering loose concrete on walls and removing and cleaning drain covers

A section of the platform wall of the Gokulpuri Metro station on the Pink Line collapsed on February 8. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 05:43 PM IST

High fluoride found in Delhi’s groundwater

High fluoride levels in the water, when consumed, can lead to dental fluorosis and have been linked to bone damage and skeletal fluorosis

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Updated on Feb 16, 2024 05:18 AM IST

On day of jams, Delhi Metro’s passenger journeys hit new peak of 7.109 million

The peak is likely to be down to more people choosing to commute by Metro due to restrictions at borders and within city in wake of the farmers’ protest

DMRC data showed that the Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli to Millennium City Centre) was the busiest line on Tuesday, with 1.934 million passengers utilising it, followed by the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida Electronic City/ Vaishali) with 1.914 million passenger journeys and the Red Line (Rithala to Shaheed Sthal) with 757,000 passenger journeys. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 05:48 AM IST

PM likely to open revamped T1 at Delhi’s IGI airport this month

The terminal, which will be two-and-a-half times larger than the old T1, will initially begin operations with IndiGo and SpiceJet flights, officials said

The expansion plan, officials said, focuses on passenger convenience and will include all aerobridges (referred as smart apron by the airport operator), which will enable flyers to walk to or back from the aircraft, as they do at Terminal 3 at present where planes directly dock with these bridges. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 05:32 AM IST

New weather station at Bharat Mandapam operational; another planned at IGNOU

The Pragati Maidan AWS can be used to make forecasts for Bharat Mandapam, where international events are likely to be held in the future

The plans for the new AWS at INGOU follow the recent installation and operationalisation of an AWS outside Bharat Mandapam, which will be called the Pragati Maidan weather station. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 05:32 AM IST

Vehicles banned at Asola Bhatti sanctuary to prevent ecological damage

Private vehicles will no longer be allowed into the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Delhi, India, due to concerns about ecological damage caused by tourism.

HT reported on January 16 how hundreds of visitors were turning up and driving into the sanctuary, which is home to leopards, striped hyenas, and golden jackals. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Avalanche alerts in J&K, Srinagar cut off; IMD issues yellow alert for Delhi

The weather has seen a sharp turnaround this month, with record rainfall in Delhi. Despite the rain, Delhi's pollution levels remained poor.

A sheet of snow blankets the Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt to expedite sewer link in unauthorised colonies

The submission, dated January 31, said that around 82% of Delhi was covered by a proper sewerage network

In a submission made to NGT, Kumar said that out of the 1,799 unauthorised colonies in the Capital, 1,031 were already provided a proper sewage network and 296 more such colonies will be included by November 2024. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Showers, wind clear air; Delhi breathes cleanest since Oct 19

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) on Thursday was 177, compared to 392 on Wednesday.

New Delhi, India - Feb. 1, 2024: People seen out during light drizzle and cold breeze at Kartavyapath in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 1, 2024. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 04:46 AM IST

Delhi fulfils its February rain quota, more on the cards

A fresh western disturbance is developing and may bring more rain to Delhi over the weekend, according to the India Meteorological Department.

Noida, India- February 01, 2024: Commuters during light rain in winter. There was light rain in Delhi NCR on a cold day, which increased the severe cold in North India, in Noida, India, on Thursday, February 01, 2024. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 01:42 AM IST

Delhi govt asks for 12 weeks to demarcate Yamuna’s floodplain

Floods such as the recent ones in 2023, in which Yamuna’s waters almost reaching the Supreme Court, can be directly attributed to abuse of the floodplains

The Yamuna’s floodplains at Sungarpur in New Delhi in 2019. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 10:52 PM IST

January 2024 colder, more polluted, shows Delhi data

The city’s average maximum temperature this month was 17.9°C — 2.2°C below the long-period average for 1970-2020 (20.1°C)

According to IMD data, the city’s average minimum temperature this month was 6.4°C, almost a degree lower than the LPA of 7.5°C, and the lowest since 2013 (6.1°C). (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 10:51 PM IST

DPCC gives conditional nod for Delhi civic body to dump WtE ash at landfill

The DPCC has granted a six-month conditional consent to operate the landfill, with the condition that the ash be used in construction activities.

In humans, prolonged exposure to such ash can cause lung and heart ailments, including neurological damage. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 03:13 AM IST

Questions over Ridge board’s regular nod to projects on Delhi’s forest patch

The Ridge Management Board (RMB) in Delhi has come under scrutiny for granting swift approvals to construction projects in the protected green space. An analysis by HT revealed that 77% of the proposals placed before the RMB since 2021 were approved, while expert members of the board have not been invited to meetings since 2021. The approvals have drawn criticism from the Delhi high court, which questioned whether the RMB is truly meant to protect the Ridge. The Ridge is an important green space in Delhi and serves as a habitat for various plants, birds, and animals.

New Delhi, India - Aug. 4, 2023: A view of Central Ridge from Malcha Mahal , in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 4, 2023. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) Pics for Jasjeev Story) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 09:47 PM IST

1,618 trees to be impacted during expansion of IIT-Delhi’s campus

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has submitted a proposal to expand its campus, impacting 1,618 trees. The State Expert Appraisal Committee has asked the institute to revise its plan and reduce the number of trees affected. An environmental clearance will only be awarded if the tree impact figure is reduced. The estimated cost of the project is ₹458.73 crore.

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Updated on Jan 23, 2024 05:14 AM IST

‘Cold day’ conditions back in city, 160 flights hit by fog

Delhi experienced another cold day with temperatures dropping and thick fog causing disruptions to flights and train services. The minimum temperature fell to 4.8°C, while the maximum temperature plunged to 15.8°C. The India Meteorological Department issued an "orange" alert for further disruptions on Monday. Visibility remained below 200 meters for several hours, leading to delays, diversions, and cancellations at the airport. Delhi's air quality remained "very poor". The weather agency predicts similar conditions for the next 24 hours with dense fog and below-normal temperatures.

A thick mist covers Raisina Hill on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dense fog hits ops at IGI airport in Delhi, 75 flights delayed

Delhi experienced its warmest morning in eight days with a minimum temperature of 6.6°C, despite sub-zero temperatures in hilly regions. Dense fog disrupted transport services. Temperatures are expected to remain between 6°C and 7°C for the next three days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts that Delhi will not experience a cold wave. The rise in minimum temperatures is attributed to warmer winds from the east. Visibility improved after sunrise but over 75 flights were delayed, four were diverted, and five were cancelled. At least 18 trains were delayed by over an hour.

The haze was dense between 12.30am and 6.30am. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 10:59 PM IST

Slight relief for Delhi as minimum rises to 5.3°C

Weather officials said similar temperatures are likely to persist till the weekend, with moderate to dense fog likely in the mornings

At Dwarka on Wednesday. Officials said moderate to dense fog is likely to persist in the mornings till the weekend. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Delhi Metro logs 2 billion passenger trips for 2023 — highest ever

The increase is attributed to the return of regular office operations and the impact of new Metro lines.

Passengers board a train at a metro station in Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 05:11 AM IST

Fifth straight ‘cold wave’ day in Delhi, minimum at 3.5°C

Delhi experienced a fifth straight cold wave day with temperatures dropping to 3.5°C. The India Meteorological Department issued an orange alert for chilly temperatures and dense fog in some parts of the city. The cold wave is expected to continue for the next two days at least. However, there was some relief for mass transit users as the dense fog spell was shorter on Tuesday, resulting in fewer flight and train delays compared to the previous days. Delhi's air quality remained "very poor" for the 14th consecutive day.

The women’s contingent of the SSB rehearses for the Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path in New Delhi on Tuesday morning. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Delhi’s Asola wildlife sanctuary faces ecological damage as crowds swell

The explosion in visitors has alarmed experts who worry about how it could possibly undo the restoration work at this vital green lung of Delhi

Visitors at Neeli Jheel at the Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary in New Delhi on Sunday. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 10:17 PM IST

Orange alert on weather; curbs back as AQI ‘severe’

Delhi experienced severe smog and low visibility on Sunday, with pollution levels reaching their highest this year. Over 400 flights were delayed, and schools were ordered to start classes after 9am. The weather office predicted further fog and cold temperatures for Monday and Tuesday. The city's air quality index worsened to its worst January level in three years, prompting restrictions on older vehicles and private constructions. Experts warned that the polluted air could cause serious long-term health issues for all residents and particularly vulnerable groups.

Fog drapes an aircraft at the Delhi airport on Sunday morning. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Fog in Delhi: 10 flights diverted, 20 cancelled, 400+ delayed

Visibility dipped below 200 metres at 12.30 am and was zero for nearly seven-and-a-half-hours between 3am and 10.30am

Fog at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:50 AM IST

A love affair with Sunder Nursery, faults and all

The overwhelming numbers of vehicles outside the nursery and the lack of adequate parking space has left the management scuttling for solutions

On a typical winter weekend, Sunder Nursery — Delhi’s favourite spot — sees over 15,000-20,000 visitors. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 10:22 PM IST

Delhi shivering at night, but yet to register a ‘cold wave’

Delhi recorded a minimum of 5.8°C and a maximum of 18.1°C as sunlight helped lift daytime temperatures

A clear blue sky at Vijay Chowk on Thursday. (Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Delhi misses 2024 NCAP target, PM levels still high

The Capital has only managed to bring down its annual PM2.5 concentration by 6% in the last five years and the PM10 concentration by 4%

An anti-smog gun sprays water into the atmosphere to reduce dust pollution at Anand Vihar in New Delhi on January 6. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2024 10:33 PM IST
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