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Delhi, NCR Air Pollution Updates: Air quality improves further, but still in ‘poor’ category

Delhi Air Pollution Updates: The national capital's overall air quality slipped into the ‘poor’ category on Saturday amid light rainfall and the Delhi government's efforts to bring ‘artificial rain’. 

Noida, India- November 09, 2023: Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution levels, in Noida, India. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)Premium
Noida, India- November 09, 2023: Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution levels, in Noida, India. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Delhi Air Pollution Updates: Several parts of Delhi-NCR received light rainfall on Friday, bringing a much-needed respite from the increased air pollution in the national capital. This came amid the Delhi government's ongoing efforts to implement the idea of 'artificial rain' through cloud seeding which will be attempted around November 20 to curtail the pollution situation in the city. 

The overall air quality has again slipped into the ‘severe’ category despite light rainfall in the capital city. The national capital's AQI stood at 339 at 6 am on Saturday, as per the data by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). Currently, Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) has been implemented in the national capital after the city's air quality plummeted to the 'severe plus' category.

The Delhi government has also fielded ministers to ensure the implementation of anti-pollution measures. Several ministers were seen on Thursday inspecting different areas and borders connecting Delhi to neighboring states.

Stay tuned for Delhi, NCR Air Pollution News Updates.

12 Nov 2023, 07:51:14 AM IST

Updates to this blog have ended

11 Nov 2023, 05:43:56 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE Updates: Current AQI at 205. What does it mean?

The overall air quality index in Delhi stood at 205 as of 5 pm on Saturday, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research. This means the air quality, though improved over the day, remains in the 'poor' category.

11 Nov 2023, 04:51:39 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE Updates: 'Amazed at rate and speed with which pollution increased nearly 68% in 24 hours'

On increasing air pollution and bad category AQI in Delhi, Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Center for Science and Environment, Anumita Roychowdhury said, "On November 2, when the massive buildup of pollution happened...We were amazed at the rate and the speed with which the pollution had increased by nearly 68 per cent within 24 hours..."

"We really have to ramp up our action throughout the year so that we can build adequate infrastructure systems to scale, to implement the solutions at a scale so that vehicular pollution can be controlled by improving public transport...Eliminate solid fuel burning in all sectors. At the same time, deal with and aggressively scale up the use of clean fuel and technology in industries," she was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

11 Nov 2023, 04:23:39 PM IST

Delhi, NCR Pollution LIVE Updates: Avoid walks outside, consult doctors when...

The Delhi government advised people on Saturday to avoid "outdoor morning and late evening walks, jogs, run, (and) physical exercise, especially during days with severe AQI (Air Quality Index)". The advisory published in newspapers in Saturday came as the air quality in the national capital improved slightly but remains in the "poor" category.

Click here to check the Delhi govt's latest Dos and Don'ts

11 Nov 2023, 02:32:32 PM IST

Delhi Environment Minister writes to UP Transport Minister to take action on non-destined vehicles

Delhi's Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, has written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister and asked for action on the plying of non-destined vehicles in Delhi from UP's border to curb pollution in Delhi.

11 Nov 2023, 02:10:59 PM IST

Top 10 most polluted cities in India 

Many Indian states are witnessing worsening air quality. After several parts of Delhi-NCR received light rainfall on Friday, the pollution level has dropped in the national capital. The rain which brought a major relief from hazardous air lingering over the national capital for two weeks has prompted the Delhi government to postpone the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

11 Nov 2023, 01:46:28 PM IST

Beyond stubble burning: Why is dealing with other 'consistent' sources of Delhi air pollution important

Delhi must "work consistently" to deal with year-long sources of air pollution in the national capital, an environment expert said when asked what is the long-run solution to the crisis. He said that while efforts to mitigate the impact of "episodic issues" like stubble burning and use of firecrackers are fine, "we have to consistently work on consistent sources." By “consistent sources", he meant those sources that cause pollution in Delhi throughout the year.

Read more here

11 Nov 2023, 01:25:17 PM IST

Centre asks Delhi, 4 northern states to ramp up healthcare preparations to deal with pollution-triggered patient rush

The Union Health Ministry has asked Delhi and its neighbouring states to make necessary healthcare preparations to deal with any rush of patients triggered by poor air quality that may worsen in the upcoming festive season.

In a letter to the health departments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan this week, Director General of Health Services Atul Goel said air pollution not only accounts for acute illnesses but also precipitates exacerbation of chronic illnesses of respiratory, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems.

11 Nov 2023, 01:03:03 PM IST

Avoid morning walk, don't burn crackers, use public transport: Delhi health advisory

From avoiding outdoor walks to saying no to burning firecrackers, the Delhi health department has advised a slew of measures in view of the pollution in the national capital.

The advisory, published in major dailies on Saturday has also underlined that pregnant women, patients with underlying medical conditions, children and the elderly population should be more cautious and avoid exposure to air pollution.

11 Nov 2023, 12:43:19 PM IST

Delhi Govt announces 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' campaign after AQI drops in national capital

The Delhi government on Friday announced the 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' campaign in the city amid concerns of rising pollution again after the Diwali festival.

Speaking to ANI, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, "Today, due to the rain and wind, pollution has reduced significantly. People of nearby cities are requested to light the lamps and distribute sweets during Diwali, but do not burst firecrackers. We want the pollution level to remain good even on the next day of Diwali. The campaign of 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' is starting from today."

11 Nov 2023, 12:26:28 PM IST

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11 Nov 2023, 12:06:21 PM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Gopal Rai writes to UP transport minister 

Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal has written to Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister asking for action on the plying of non-destined vehicles in Delhi from UP's border, in view of the air pollution situation.

11 Nov 2023, 11:50:22 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Odd-even postponed in Delhi as intermittent rains bring relief

Intermittent rains on Friday brought a major relief from hazardous air lingering over the national capital for two weeks, prompting the Delhi government to postpone the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

11 Nov 2023, 11:26:02 AM IST

Delhi Police arrests farmer for burning stubble

The Delhi Police has arrested a farmer for allegedly burning stubble on his farmland in Dwarka's Chawla area, an official said on Friday.

The police learnt about the farmer burning stubble in the early hours of Thursday and a team from Chawla police station rushed to the spot, the official said.

11 Nov 2023, 11:05:08 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: ‘Pollution dispersed and the wind was also blowing’, says Gopal Rai

Delhi: On pollution level in Delhi, Environment Minister Gopal Rai says, "...After the rain, pollution dispersed and the wind was also blowing. It resulted in reducing pollution level by 50% from 450 (AQI) to 225 (AQI) in Delhi but it's too early to say how long this rain will have an impact..."

11 Nov 2023, 10:46:10 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: ‘Ensure that trucks…’, Gopal Rai's request to UP, Haryana transport ministers

On Friday, the Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai wrote to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana transport ministers requesting them to ensure that trucks carrying non-essential goods are diverted through peripheral expressways to avoid traffic jams at the capital's borders. He had urged that all the non-destined vehicles should be diverted through Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway right at their entry points before Delhi Border.

11 Nov 2023, 10:20:16 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: List of cities with highest AQI

West Bengal city, Kamarhati, which is in the North 24 Parganas district recorded AQI at 405 while Bihar's Bhagalpur city ranked at number 4 with AQI at 389, as per aqi.in data. Other West Bengal cities taking the number 5th, 6th and 7th spot are Rishra in the Hoogly district, Panihati and Titagarh in the North 24 Parganas recording AQI at 384, 376 and 374 respectively.

Read more here

11 Nov 2023, 09:58:33 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: ‘Bad air quality condition persists’, says local resident

A morning walker at Delhi's Kartavya Path says "After rains, the pollution has slightly decreased but bad air quality condition persists. We are still facing some problems in breathing."

11 Nov 2023, 09:41:57 AM IST

Top 10 most polluted cities in India: Patna tops the chart with 544 AQI. Where does your city stand?

Many Indian states are witnessing worsening air quality. After several parts of Delhi-NCR received light rainfall on Friday, the pollution level has dropped in the national capital. The rain which brought a major relief from hazardous air lingering over the national capital for two weeks has prompted the Delhi government to postpone the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

Read more here

11 Nov 2023, 09:30:51 AM IST

Clear, blue skies Delhi, air quality improves further

Delhiites woke up to clear, blue skies and abundant sunshine on Saturday, marking a welcome relief from the suffocating haze that persisted for around two weeks.

At 7 am, the capital's air quality index (AQI) stood at 219, which is a marked improvement compared to Thursday's 24-hour average AQI of 437.

11 Nov 2023, 09:11:18 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Visuals from IFFCO Chowk area | Watch

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11 Nov 2023, 08:59:35 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Visuals from ITO | Watch video

Delhi: Visuals from ITO as smog can be seen in parts of the national capital.

11 Nov 2023, 08:49:40 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: DU declares early winter break from November 13-19 due to poor AQI

Amid rising air pollution, the Delhi University declared an early winter break from November 13-19, according to an official notification released on Friday.

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11 Nov 2023, 08:27:33 AM IST

Delhi air quality improves slightly after rainfall

Following the rainfall on Friday, there was a slight improvement in Delhi's air quality on Saturday. The air quality, which was previously categorized as 'Very Poor' by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has now improved to the 'Poor' category.

According to the AQI recorded at 7 am on Saturday, Anand Vihar was at 295, RK Puram at 230, Punjabi Bagh at 244, and ITO at 263.

11 Nov 2023, 08:12:31 AM IST

Delhi breathes easy after rain, Diwali air quality unlikely to be severe

Delhi breathed easy on Friday after intermittent rain cleared the suffocating haze that had been lingering for more than 10 days and improved the city's AQI by over 150 points.

The national capital's 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI), recorded at 4 pm every day, stood at 279, significantly improving from 437 on Thursday.

The city experienced 'very poor' to 'severe' air quality for two weeks starting October 28.

11 Nov 2023, 08:11:38 AM IST

Rain in Delhi brings relief from hazardous air quality

Intermittent rain led to a rapid improvement in Delhi's air quality on Friday and cleared the suffocating haze that had been lingering for more than 10 days.

11 Nov 2023, 07:58:56 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: NGT reserves order on suo moto matter; pulls of various states for not working effectively

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday pulled up various states where the Air Quality Index (AQI) has dipped to "severe, very poor and poor categories" and said the action taken reports filed by them do not disclose what action has been taken for improvement of air quality.

"We expected some improvement after the first order but we don't find any," NGT said.

11 Nov 2023, 07:43:04 AM IST

Delhi Government puts off implementation of Odd-Even Traffic scheme to combat pollution

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday announced that the state government would delay the proposed implementation of the odd-even car-rationing scheme in the city.

" An improvement is seen in the pollution level. The AQI which was 450 has now reached around 300. The decision to implement odd-even from November 13 to 20 has been postponed. The situation would be analysed again after Diwali" said the Delhi Environment Minister.

11 Nov 2023, 07:25:02 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: AQI falls to 339 amid light rainfall

As per SAFAR data, Delhi's overall AQI has declined to 339 after light rainfall on Friday. 

11 Nov 2023, 07:04:17 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Gopal Rai urges UP, Haryana govts to ask trucks to use peripheral expressways

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday wrote to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana transport ministers requesting them to ensure that trucks carrying non-essential goods are diverted through peripheral expressways to avoid traffic jams at the capital's borders.

He urged that all the non-destined vehicles should be diverted through Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway right at their entry points before Delhi Border.

11 Nov 2023, 07:03:37 AM IST

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11 Nov 2023, 06:53:50 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: DU advances winter break from November 13-19

The Delhi University has declared an early winter break from November 13-19 in view of the air pollution in the national capital, according to an official notification released on Friday.

The winter break, which is usually given in December, has been revised keeping in mind the GRAP-IV measures being implemented amid the prevailing air pollution in Delhi.

Read more here

11 Nov 2023, 06:43:06 AM IST

Delhi Govt announces 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' campaign after AQI drops in capital city

The Delhi government on Friday announced the 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' campaign in the city amid concerns of rising pollution again after the Diwali festival.

Speaking to ANI, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, "Today, due to the rain and wind, pollution has reduced significantly. People of nearby cities are requested to light the lamps and distribute sweets during Diwali, but do not burst firecrackers. We want the pollution level to remain good even on the next day of Diwali. The campaign of 'Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi' is starting from today."

11 Nov 2023, 06:34:51 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: SC pulls up city govt, says won't issue direction on odd-even scheme

The Supreme Court on Friday made it clear that the decision on introducing the odd-even car rationing scheme in the national capital has to be taken by the city government and pulled it up for shifting the burden onto the court.

After the day's proceedings in the apex court, which is hearing a matter on the worsening air quality in the Delhi-National Capital Region, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the Delhi government has postponed the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme as there has been a notable improvement in the air quality due to rain.

11 Nov 2023, 06:26:44 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Odd-even postponed as intermittent rains, winds bring major relief

Intermittent rains on Friday brought a major relief from hazardous air lingering over the national capital for two weeks, prompting the Delhi government to postpone the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

The city's 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI), recorded at 4 pm everyday, stood at 279, rapidly improving from 437 on Thursday and from 426 on Wednesday.

11 Nov 2023, 06:18:33 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Police arrests farmer for burning stubble

The Delhi Police has arrested a farmer for allegedly burning stubble on his farmland in Dwarka's Chawla area, an official said on Friday.

The police learnt about the farmer burning stubble in the early hours of Thursday and a team from Chawla police station rushed to the spot, the official said.

11 Nov 2023, 06:12:52 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: Police inspect trucks at Ghazipur, Tikri borders amid anti-pollution restrictions

To curtail the pollution situation in the national capital and ensure the implementation of anti-pollution measures in the city, the Delhi police inspected the trucks carrying non-essential goods at the Ghazipur and Tikri borders on Friday night, as the GRAP 4 regulations are in place.

Under the final stage (Stage IV) of the Centre's action plan, only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are allowed to enter Delhi, with exemptions granted to those involved in essential services.

10 Nov 2023, 10:40:34 PM IST

Delhi Police arrest one farmer for allegedly burning stubble on his farmland

The Delhi Police, on Friday, arrested one farmer for allegedly burning stubble on his farmland in Dwarka's Chawla area, an official told PTI on Friday. The police received information about stubble burning in the early hours of Thursday. Later, a team from Chawla police station rushed to the spot, the official told PTI.

"By the time our staff reached the spot, the stubble was already burnt. A fire tender was called to douse the flames," the officer said.

10 Nov 2023, 09:43:54 PM IST

Delhi Minister Gopal Rai urges UP and Haryana to ask trucks to use peripheral expressways

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, on Friday, wrote to Uttar PRadesh and Haryana transport ministers requesting them to ensure that trucks carrying non-essential goods are delivered through peripheral expressways to avoid traffic jams at the capital borders.

Earlier in the day, during a press conference, Rai had expressed concerns over the negligence in the implementation of the ban on the entry of polluting trucks into Delhi at smaller entry points.

He said the government will write a letter to the Delhi transport commissioner, urging them to plug the gaps.

10 Nov 2023, 08:47:40 PM IST

Delhi government launches ‘Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi’ campaign 

Amid rising concerns over burning crackers, Delhi government, on Friday, launched ‘Diya Jalao, Patakhe Nahi’ campaign in the city.

As the name suggests, the government aims to encourage people avoid burning crackers amid rising air pollution in the city.

“People of nearby cities are requested to light the lamps and distribute sweets during Diwali, but do not burst firecrackers. We want the pollution level to remain good even on the next day of Diwali," Environment Minister told ANI.

10 Nov 2023, 08:23:02 PM IST

How much has it rained in Delhi today ?

In the past 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Friday, Delhi recorded 6 mm of rainfall. It noted 2.2 mm between 8.30 am and 11.30 am, showed data shared by the Safdarjung observatory, Delhi's primary weather station.

10 Nov 2023, 08:04:04 PM IST

Delhi suffers from heavy traffic on Dhanteras, Diwali

On the occassion of Dhanteras, and pre-Diwali celebrations, huge traffic affected several places in Delhi on Friday. Huge crowd, long traffic jams and intermittent rain caused inconvenience to commuters.

The Delhi police has also issued an advisory suggesting that high volume of traffic is expected on the roads during Dhanteras and Diwali and advised commuters to take public transport, officials said on Friday.

10 Nov 2023, 07:37:25 PM IST

'Don't shift the burden onto the court,' SC to Delhi govt on odd-even strategy

The Supreme Court, on Friday, made it clear that the decision on introducing the odd-even strategy in the national capital needs to be taken by the government. The SC also asked the government to not shift the onus of making decision on the court. 

"I am agreeing with you. We never said that. Don't try to non-perform and shift the burden onto the court. This is what is happening," Justice Kaul observed.

10 Nov 2023, 06:24:26 PM IST

Air quality improves in Punjab's Jalandhar due to rainfall

A sudden change in the weather has brought huge relief for the national capital as well as for other northern states. Punjab's Jalandhar witnessed an improvement in air quality due to rainfall on Friday. People got some relief from pollution in the city after the intense rainfall.

The rain is expected to bring relief to the patients who are suffering from viral infection due to the stubble smoke and air pollution spread across the state

10 Nov 2023, 05:48:14 PM IST

‘Crop residue burning has to be stopped’: SC

The Supreme Court, in its hearing on Friday, asked Punjab and other states nearby Delhi to stop crop residue burning . 

While hearing a matter relating to the debilitating air pollution in Delhi-NCR, a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed there were several reports and committees on the pollution issue, but nothing was happening at the ground level.

10 Nov 2023, 05:18:19 PM IST

‘Fatehabad hasn’t improved since Nov 3': NGT  hauls Haryana govt

During the hearing, NGT also questioned Haryana government over its inaction on controlling rising air pollution in the state. Look at Fatehabad - it is severe and hasn't improved since Nov 3, said NGT bench.

After going through the reply copies by various states, the Tribunal decided to kept the order reserved in the matter.

10 Nov 2023, 05:06:05 PM IST

'Point out one city where situation has improved': NGT pulls of various states on rising air pollution

Amid rising air pollution in north Indian states, National Green Tribunal, on Friday, pulled of various states for their inefficiancy in dealing with poor AQI.

 "Point out one city where situation has improved?" No improvement in Amritsar.. Bathinda remains in poor category... We showed you satellite image last time, What is shown in report and shown in satellite image does not match, " added the bench during hearing on Friday.

10 Nov 2023, 04:13:23 PM IST

Delhi University advances winter break due to air pollution

Delhi University advances winter break in view of air pollutio. The winter break is now from 13 to 19 Nov.

10 Nov 2023, 03:40:09 PM IST

Centre has asked Delhi, 4 neighbouring states to prepare for pollution-triggered patient rush

In the wake of rising air pollution in north Indian states, the Union Health Ministry has asked Delhi and its neighbouring states to make necessary healthcare preparations to deal with any rush of patients triggered by poor air quality. 

In a letter to the health departments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan this week, Director General of Health Services Atul Goel said air pollution not only accounts for acute illnesses but also precipitates exacerbation of chronic illnesses of respiratory, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems.

10 Nov 2023, 03:16:05 PM IST

Delhi govt defers implementation of odd-even scheme

Environment Minister Gopal Rai, on Friday, said that the odd-even car rationing scheme will not be implemented from November 13 to November 20 as there has been a significant improvement in Delhi's air quality due to rain. 

He said the government will review the air quality situation after Diwali and a call on the odd-even scheme may be taken if there's sudden dip in air quality.

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