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Is it worth spending 15.49 lakh litre water daily to clean the city?

In countries like India, where water scarcity is a significant concern, the trade-off between potential air quality benefits and water conservation needs to be carefully evaluated. Mumbai is supplied water from reservoirs in Nashik district, which are on the verge of getting empty before the start of summer

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde visited juju during BMCs Deep cleaning drive at Juhu in Mumbai on Dec 09, 2023. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 07:10 AM IST
ByBhagwan Kesbhat

13 out of 15 monitoring stations in Pune record increase in air pollution

IITM has forecasted an increase in air pollution in the next 24 hours at Hadpasar, Kothrud, Shivajinagar, Bhosari and Thergaon

The air quality in Pune was recorded at moderate level with an AQI of 121 on Monday. People complained of foggy condition earlier in the day. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 05:02 AM IST

Six Indian spices that can warm you from the inside out in the winter

Spices that can be incorporated into your daily diet that can help beat the illness that comes with cold season

Add different spices to your diet to keep you warm and healthy(Unsplash)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 11:35 PM IST
ByAbigail banerji

Govt sets up new committee, launches mobile app to tackle air pollution

Following the Bombay high court order to launch a website and mobile app for complaints on air pollution, the BMC launched the android application called Mumbai Air on Monday. An app for iOS phones will be launched later

Thane, India - December, 25, 2021: The Cold Snap has intensified and fog was seen in thane on Saturday ,in Thane, Mumbai, India, on, Saturday, Dec, 25 , 2021. ( Praful Gangurde / HT Photo )
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 07:34 AM IST

BMC budget 46 cr shy of 60k cr mark

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai has announced a budget of ₹59,954.75 crore for 2024-25, just ₹46 crore short of the ₹60,000-crore mark. The allocation is 10.5% higher than the previous year, but no new projects were announced and little provision was made to address air pollution. The capital expenditure in this year's budget is higher than the revenue expenditure, with 53% going towards development. The budget includes allocations for the coastal road, the Goregaon Mulund Link Road, and a study on making major infrastructure projects self-sustainable.

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Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Air quality to deteriorate in Pune in next 24 hours

‘Poor’ air quality in Shivajinagar and Hadapsar while the air quality is expected to fall to ‘worse’ in Bhosari

As per the ‘Air Quality Early Warning and Decision Support System’, Pune on Thursday recorded an AQI of 113 with moderate air quality. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 08:14 AM IST

Haryana steps up air quality efforts: Chief secy

As a key part of this strategy, the government is introducing electric city bus service in urban areas and implementing a smart traffic management system state wide, Kaushal said addressing a one-day workshop organised by the environment department here

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal (HT File)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 10:46 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

NDMC extends fee hike at parking lots in Delhi

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will continue to charge enhanced parking fees until April 30 or the withdrawal of Grap stage 2, as part of efforts to combat air pollution. The fees were doubled in November 2023 and apply to both NDMC-operated parking lots and those managed by private concessionaires. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has not yet enforced a parking fee hike. Experts have called for a more comprehensive and uniform policy on parking fees across the city.

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Updated on Jan 31, 2024 11:33 PM IST

India’s renewable energy supply on the rise: Report

The share of renewable energy (wind, solar and other RE) increased to 30.1% in 2023 compared to 27.5% in 2022

The top Indian states in terms of renewable energy capacities are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnnataka and Maharashtra (AP)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 02:46 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Grap delays Delhi to Baghpat stretch of Dehradun highway

The under-construction six-lane highway from Delhi’s Akshardham to Dehradun in Uttarakhand is 180km long and phase 1 of the highway, from Akshardham to Baghpat’s Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) interchange, will be ready only by mid-May, says NHAI

The 36km phase 1 of the Delhi-Dehradun highway is expected to be ready by mid-May. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Ghaziabad

Punjab stubble burning: NGT seeks amended action plan to prevent farm fires

Denouncing the action plan submitted by the Punjab government for preventing stubble burning, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought an amended plan

Denouncing the action plan submitted by the Punjab government for preventing stubble burning, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought an amended plan. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 08:18 AM IST
ByPress Trust of India

Meditation and breathwork for indoor wellness: A pollution-resistant approach

Wellness routine: Breathing exercises and meditation tips as indoor pollution in India is 13 times higher than outdoor, causing respiratory issues and allergies

Meditation and breathwork for indoor wellness: A pollution-resistant approach (Photo by Unsplash)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 08:07 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Battle for clean air has a long way to go

National clean air plan has made only limited progress. More funds, targeted utilisation can improve its impact

The Supreme Court said that people living in all parts of the country and not only those living in the Delhi-NCR (national capital region) are entitled to breathe clean air and a pollution-free environment. (PTI)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Delhi GRAP 3: List of what's banned and what's exempted

Here is a list what's banned and what's exempted amid air Pollution in Delhi.

 The Air Quality Index (AQI) touched
Published on Jan 14, 2024 04:05 PM IST
ByAdarsh Kumar Gupta

Delhi's AQI ‘severe’ for first time in 2024; anti-pollution panel imposes GRAP 3

A blinding layer of fog shrouded the Indo-Gangetic plains in North India on Sunday, with visibility levels plunging to zero metres at several places.

All non-essential construction work and plying of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles has been banned in Delhi-NCR (PTI file)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Delhi’s anti-smog tower shut, staff say yet to be paid

The anti-smog tower in Connaught Place, Delhi, has been shut down again due to non-payment of salaries to the personnel manning the facility. Experts argue that smog towers are not a long-term solution to air pollution and would require thousands to be installed across the city. Delhi's pollution levels were in the "very poor" zone on Sunday, with an air quality index of 333. A report by IIT-Bombay found that the tower's range is only around 500 meters and has an 18% reduction in particulate matter. It recommends running the facility only in winter and reducing its size.

New Delhi, India - Jan. 7, 2024: A smog tower at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place is locked up not oprational being locked up by tech personnel resportely for its operations over a delay in salary, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, January 7, 2024. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 05:20 AM IST

PCMC first in state to implement GRAP to combat air pollution

GRAP is a set of anti-air pollution measures, which will be implemented during the deteriorating air quality. It has been classified into four phases—moderate to poor, very poor, severe and severe+ or emergency

The civic body in December last year had prepared the GRAP. Later, the GRAP was made available for residents on the PCMC website from December 5 to December 19 for their suggestions and objections. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 07, 2024 07:40 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Here's how lung cancer patients should take care during air pollution

It is crucial for lung cancer patients to be aware of the potential risks of air pollution and adopt strategies to minimise exposure. Follow these measures

A view of Indrapuram area amid rising air pollution levels in Ghaziabad , India on Thursday, January 04 2024. Here's how lung cancer patients should take care during air pollution (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 04, 2024 09:15 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Cultivating biodiversity for resilient urban futures

This article is authored by Kaustuv Chakrabarti, independent researcher, value chains, agri-food systems and SSTC.

Biodiversity(Representative Image (Unsplash))
Published on Jan 03, 2024 02:03 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

The peaks and troughs of India's quest for clean air

Only 15 of 131 cities meet the national air quality safety standards, according to data presented in the Parliament. Here's an on-ground assessment

New Delhi , India - December 30 2023: Commuters out on a cold and Foggy morning amid rising air pollution levels at Ghazipur area in New Delh , India on Saturday, December 30 2023. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 04:11 PM IST

No end to bad air ordeal: AQI back in severe zone in Delhi

The Commission for Air Quality Management has invoked the third stage of the Graded Response Action Plan, banning certain vehicles and private constructions.

An anti-smog truck in Mayur Vihar on Friday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 04:43 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi-NCR residents take note: These vehicles are banned due to high AQI

Stage-III of GRAP imposed in the entire NCR as air quality worsens.

Air quality in Delhi have worsened. (File Photo)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 07:21 PM IST

China air pollution worsens in 2023, first time in decade: study

2023 is the first year that China's national average PM2.5 level has increased year-on-year since the beginning of China's 'war on pollution' in 2013: study

High rise buildings at central business district are seen on a severely polluted day in Beijing on April 12, 2023.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 03:13 PM IST
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Strong winds bring pollution levels down, minimum temperature up in Delhi

Delhi's air pollution improved from "very poor" to "poor" due to strong surface winds, but is predicted to worsen again as wind speeds drop.

The minimum temperature was 7.8 degrees Celsius (°C) on Tuesday — around normal for this time of the year. (Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 05:14 AM IST

Watch: Pakistan uses artificial rain in Lahore against smog- a gift from UAE

Pakistan Artificial Rain: The rain was a “gift” provided by the United Arab Emirates, caretaker chief minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi, said.

Pakistan Artificial Rain: A family rides a bike amid rain in Lahore.(AFP)
Published on Dec 16, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Whole week of ‘very poor’ air for Delhi; low temperature plays significant role

Met officials said that the worsening air quality was aided by low temperatures and calm winds at night.

Wednesday was also the seventh consecutive day when the city’s AQI remained in the “very poor” zone. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 08:40 AM IST

'Situation horrible, stay at home': Air pollution chokes Iran's capital Tehran

Iran Air Pollution: Since March, "Tehran has had nine days of clean air" only, the service responsible for monitoring air quality said.

Iran Air Pollution: General view of the city following an increase in air pollution in Tehran, Iran.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Health department launches ‘clean air, healthy future’ campaign

The drive aims to instil a sense of responsibility and promote sustainable practices for a cleaner and healthier environment

All municipal bodies, district health officials and civil surgeons across the state have launched steps to protect, prevent and control health issues related to air pollution from Saturday as part of the state public health department’s weeklong “clean air, healthy future” campaign. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 05:40 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

National Pollution Control Day 2023: Date, history, significance

National Pollution Control Day 2023: From date to history, here is all that you need to know about this special day.

National Pollution Control Day 2023: Date, history, significance(Mohd Zakir/ HT file photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2023 10:27 AM IST
By, Delhi

60% people in Delhi, Mumbai willing to relocate due to air pollution: Survey

"4 in 10 residents in Delhi & Mumbai seek medical attention for health issues related to air pollution every few years," the survey added.

Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution levels in the national capital region.(HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:03 PM IST
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