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Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: Artificial rain to cost ₹13 crore to Delhi govt; AQI to improve ahead of Diwali

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE Updates: The overall air quality in Delhi remained in 'very poor' category at 6 am on Thursday, as per SAFAR. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 398 after crossing 400 (severe category) for the past few days.

Noida, India- November 09, 2023: A Noida Authority tanker sprays water on roads to settle Air pollution at Sector 20, in Noida, India, on Thursday, November 09, 2023. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) Premium
Noida, India- November 09, 2023: A Noida Authority tanker sprays water on roads to settle Air pollution at Sector 20, in Noida, India, on Thursday, November 09, 2023. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE Updates: The odd-even car rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi after the Supreme Court reviews its effectiveness and issues an order. At the same time, artificial rain through cloud seeding will be attempted around November 20 to combat air pollution which breached the severe category again on Wednesday.

The overall air quality in Delhi remained in the 'very poor' category at 6 am on Thursday, as per the data by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 398 after crossing 400 (severe category) over the past few days. 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. 

To bring relief from severe air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government is planning to attempt artificial rain. The proposal has been submitted to the Supreme Court, said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates.

10 Nov 2023, 06:08:49 AM IST

Delhi NCR sees sudden change in weather, receives light rain

Several parts of Delhi NCR received light rainfall on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, bringing a much-needed respite from the increased air pollution in the national capital.

The visuals from the Kartavya Path and the Delhi-Noida border showed light to moderate-intensity rain showers.

The rainfall in the national capital comes amid the Delhi government's ongoing efforts to implement the idea of 'artificial rain' to curtail the pollution situation in the city.

09 Nov 2023, 08:44:01 PM IST

Artificial rain to cost ₹13 crores to Delhi government

THe two-phase pilot study on conducting artificial rain in Delhi to curb air pollution will cost around 13 crore to Delhi goverment. The environment minister Gopal Rai, on Thursday, gave directions to Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar regarding artificial rain in the city.

The Secretary has been directed to prepare a proposal in coordination with IIT Kanpur and present it before Supreme Court via an affidavit before the hearing tomorrow. He has also been directed to request for necessary permissions from Centre and UP Govt by 15th November so that the first phase of pilot study can be done before the 'artificial rain' on 20-21 November.

09 Nov 2023, 08:12:30 PM IST

CAQM should send out Flying Squads to Punjab and Haryana  to get daily reports on farm fire incidents

CAQM should send out Flying Squads to Punjab and Haryana and submit daily reports on the incidents of farm fires and status of enforcement SC directions. The Cabinet Secretary also directed CPCB to make necessary manpower available to CAQM, government sources told ANI.

09 Nov 2023, 07:55:49 PM IST

Centre panel directs Punjab, Haryana to make optimum use of available seeder machines

In the wake of severe air pollution, Punjab and Haryana governments were directed by the Centre panel to fully utilise the available seeder machines, sources told ANI. Nearly, 1.20 lakh Seeder machines are available under the CRM Scheme in Punjab and 76,000 in Haryana. Optimum utilization of these machines could have prevented stubble burning to such a large extent, underlined CAQM in its meeting.

09 Nov 2023, 07:20:59 PM IST

93% of stubble burning cases recorded from Punjab between 15 Sept-7 Nov

During the period from 15 September to 7 November, a total of  22,644 stubble burning events have been recorded, out of which 20978 (93%) were in Punjab and 1605 (7%) in Haryana, centre panel told in its meeting held on Wednesday.

During the discussion, it emerged that harvesting is more than 90% complete in Haryana whereas it is 60% complete in Punjab. Immediate steps are, therefore, needed to check further stubble burning during the remaining harvesting season, particularly in Punjab, government sources told ANI.

09 Nov 2023, 06:25:31 PM IST

‘Yet to see a bigger liar than Arvind Kejriwal’: Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav

Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, on Thursday alleged the AAP government's “criminal failure" to provide alternatives to farmers in Punjab has "turned Delhi into a gas chamber".

"This country is yet to see a bigger liar than Arvind Kejriwal. 93 percent of farm fire events this year have happened in Punjab, turning Delhi-NCR into a gas chamber, because Aam Aadmi Party has failed to provide alternatives to farmers. This is a criminal failure of governance on the part of AAP," Yadav posted on X.

09 Nov 2023, 06:07:15 PM IST

Stubble burning in Punjab major contributor to Delhi's air pollution

Stubble burning in Punjab is a major contributor to Delhi's air pollution, central government sources told PTI.

09 Nov 2023, 05:39:23 PM IST

Delhi Congress hold a silent protest march against centre, state government over pollution

The Delhi Congress, on Thursday, held a silent protest march against the central and state governments over rising levels of air pollution in the national capital.

The protest was led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh Lovely.

09 Nov 2023, 04:57:54 PM IST

‘Ministers to make ground visit to implement pollution control measures,' says Delhi Environment Minister

Delhi Environment minister, Gopal Rai, said that the ministers will give orders to the officers associated with pollution duty and will also conduct ground by themselves. THese visits will be done especially on the borders of Delhi and there will also be visits to the construction sites, he said.

09 Nov 2023, 04:19:03 PM IST

Delhi to get slight relief from pollution ahead of Diwali

Delhi's air pollution is likely to decrease in the coming days as the Indian Meteorological Department, has suggested a change in wind direction in the national capital. The change in wind direction from northwest to southeast due to a fresh western disturbance  will help reduce the contribution of smoke from stubble burning. However, slow wind speed will counteract the impact.

09 Nov 2023, 03:18:31 PM IST

All Delhi ministers asked to work at the ground levels to ensure implementation of air pollution control measures

Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that all Delhi ministers will work at the ground level to ensure implementation of air pollution control measures.

09 Nov 2023, 02:43:39 PM IST

Delhi Minister Gopal Rai calls for need to control air pollution sources

After the pollution review meeting, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai says, "...Senior officers, secretaries and department HoDs have been asked to be on-ground to monitor pollution situation. As per the weather department, there may be clouds next two days. It is expected the wind speed will remain the same as today till the next week. In this situation we need to control the sources of pollution."

09 Nov 2023, 02:33:18 PM IST

‘One option is artificial rain through cloud seeding’, says Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj

Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Delhi pollution says, "Delhi has such a geological position that some big cities along with it get polluted during this time of the year and the AQI reaches 'Severe' level. One option is artificial rain through cloud seeding to settle down the smog suspended in the environment. We had a meeting with IIT Kanpur experts and the government will sign an MoU with them and we'll put it across the Court..."

09 Nov 2023, 02:28:21 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh's air quality deteriorates to 'very poor' category

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Uttar Pradesh deteriorated from the 'poor' category to the 'very poor' category on Thursday, as per the data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

In view of the worsening air quality index, the Noida and Ghaziabad district administrations on Tuesday decided to discontinue all physical classes in schools apart from those for students of Class X and XII until Friday, in view of the worsening air quality conditions.

09 Nov 2023, 02:23:12 PM IST

Delhi Air Pollution LIVE: ‘Will work at the ground level to ensure…’, says Gopal Rai

All Delhi ministers will work at the ground level to ensure implementation of air pollution control measures: Environment Minister Gopal Rai.

09 Nov 2023, 02:08:45 PM IST

Delhi pollution: ‘will work at the ground level,’ Rai promises

“All Delhi ministers will work at the ground level to ensure implementation of air pollution control measures", Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai said today.

09 Nov 2023, 02:07:22 PM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: Ministers to monitor anti-pollution measures, says Gopal Rai

Delhi cabinet minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said, "We have been told that these restrictions are not being strictly followed on ground... The ministers have expressed their disappointment over this administrative negligence. The ministers will issue directions to officials on duty in these districts, and will make ground visits, so that the restrictions can be strictly enforced".

09 Nov 2023, 01:48:09 PM IST

Odd-even scheme deferred; Delhi plans cloud seeding, ban on app-based cabs from other states to fight smog

The odd-even car rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi after the Supreme Court reviews its effectiveness and issues an order while artificial rain through cloud seeding will be attempted around November 20 to combat air pollution which breached the severe category again on Wednesday.

09 Nov 2023, 01:27:05 PM IST

Delhi: Gopal Rai holds a review meeting on air pollution

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai holds a review meeting on the pollution situation in the national capital. 

09 Nov 2023, 01:20:18 PM IST

Air Pollution: Ferozepur officials use extinguishers to stop stubble burning | Watch video

In Punjab, Ferozepur district administrative officials visit fields and use extinguishers to stop stubble burning. 

09 Nov 2023, 01:00:41 PM IST

Haryana cabinet unveils policy to eliminate crop residue, curb stubble burning

The Haryana Cabinet has unveiled a paddy stubble management policy aimed at utilising paddy straw for sustainable energy and completely curbing crop residue burning practices by 2027.

The "Haryana Ex-Situ Management of Paddy Straw Policy 2023" is aimed at harnessing paddy straw for sustainable energy and eliminating crop residue burning by 2027, said an official statement after a meeting of the cabinet, which was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

09 Nov 2023, 12:39:07 PM IST

Environment Minister Gopal Rai speaks on Delhi air pollution issue

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said cases of stubble burning have "come down" this year compared to the previous year and the government is taking action to "drastically bring down" cases.

The senior Aam Admi Party leader also said that since the sowing season is approaching, farmers are in a rush to burn stubble.

Speaking to ANI on stubble burning cases in Punjab, he said, "Stubble burning is much less than last year. Previously, stubble burning was happening in a scattered manner. Now that the sowing season is coming, they (farmers) are in a rush to burn it all".

09 Nov 2023, 12:16:32 PM IST

Delhi's air quality severe; slight relief likely ahead of Diwali

The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the 'severe' category on Thursday morning, with a marginal improvement expected just ahead of Diwali as meteorological conditions are likely to become slightly favourable.

The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 420 at 8 am on Thursday, compared to 426 at 4 pm on Wednesday. The AQI map prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board showed clusters of red dots (indicating hazardous air quality) spread across the Indo-Gangetic plains.

09 Nov 2023, 11:57:46 AM IST

‘Cases of stubble burning coming down’, Delhi Minister Gopal Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said cases of stubble burning have "come down" this year compared to the previous year and the government is taking action to "drastically bring down" cases.

The senior Aam Admi Party leader also said that since the sowing season is approaching, farmers are in a rush to burn stubble.

09 Nov 2023, 11:35:08 AM IST

Top 10 most polluted cities in India with worst air quality; Greater Noida on top; Delhi ranks 3

The air quality in Delhi has been in the 'severe' category since yesterday, November 8, following a marginal improvement in air quality on November 7 when “very poor" air quality was registered for several hours.

Read more here

 

09 Nov 2023, 11:18:31 AM IST

Delhi govt sends team to inspect shut Connaught Place smog tower

The Delhi government on Wednesday sent a team to inspect the smog tower located in Connaught Place which stopped operating following "unilateral" directions by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) chairperson Ashwani Kumar.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had directed that the smog tower be made operational.

09 Nov 2023, 11:04:05 AM IST

Delhi transport department ordered to ban app-based taxis 'in accordance with SC order'

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the city government's transport department has been directed to ban app-based taxis "in accordance with the Supreme Court's orders".

Officials, however, pointed out that only a detailed order will make it clear if the ban will come into effect from this week or during the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme. Transport department officials said the plan is to implement the ban only during the odd-even period.

09 Nov 2023, 10:59:48 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: ‘Stubble burning is much less than last year’, says Gopal Rai

On Punjab stubble burning, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai says, "Stubble burning is much less than last year. Previously, stubble burning was happening in a scattered manner. Now that the sowing season is coming, they are in a rush to burn it all. We are talking to the people there. We need immediate action there..."

09 Nov 2023, 10:45:58 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: Visuals from the Bhajanpura area | Watch video

Delhi air quality continues to remain in the 'severe' category as per the Central Pollution Control Board.

09 Nov 2023, 10:41:29 AM IST

‘We are trying to reduce all sources of pollution’, says Gopal Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai says, "The speed of the air has never been still for so long. In this condition, we are trying to reduce all the sources (of pollution). As a blanket layer is there, pollution is trapped inside as well. If we do not control the new pollution, then the level will increase very much... That's why we are taking so many strict measures. Whether it's the winter action plan, GRAP, or implementing the direction given by the Supreme Court..."

09 Nov 2023, 10:21:30 AM IST

Maharashtra: CM Shinde to chair pollution review meeting today

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is slated to chair a review meeting on prevailing pollution in Maharashtra.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the chief minister's residence, Varsha Bungalow.The overall Air Quality at 9:30 am today was shown as 118 in Mumbai according to data provided by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India.

09 Nov 2023, 10:11:37 AM IST

Sharp air purifiers will help you tackle pollution indoors: Check top 8 options

In an era where environmental concerns are at an all-time high, the need for clean and breathable indoor air has become increasingly important. Indoor pollution, often overlooked, can have detrimental effects on our health and well-being. This is where air purifiers come to the rescue, and when it comes to dependable and efficient air purifiers, Sharp has consistently stood out as a trusted brand.

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09 Nov 2023, 09:45:46 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: Gopal Rai calls for meeting of all ministers in capital

In view of the serious situation of pollution in Delhi, Environment Minister Gopal Rai has called a meeting of all the ministers of Delhi. The meeting will be held at the Delhi Secretariat today. Finance and Revenue Minister Atishi, Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, Social Welfare Minister Rajkumar Anand and Food and Supply Minister Imran Hussain will be present in the meeting: Office of the Environment Minister

09 Nov 2023, 09:40:49 AM IST

Five new initiatives taken by Maharashtra govt to improve air quality

Mumbai is currently experiencing high levels of air pollution. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will chair a meeting today to review the current pollution situation in the state.

Read more here

09 Nov 2023, 09:28:11 AM IST

Air quality in Delhi 'severe' again, farm fires major contributor

Air quality in Delhi and its suburbs dropped to the 'severe' category again on Wednesday with smoke from post-harvest paddy straw burning in neighbouring states accounting for over one-third of the air pollution in the national capital.

09 Nov 2023, 09:13:24 AM IST

UP: Ghaziabad air quality in 'very poor' category | Watch

Ghaziabad, UP: Air quality in the 'Very poor' category as per the Central Pollution Control Board.

09 Nov 2023, 09:10:23 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: ‘Govt needs to take some corrective measures’, says local resident

On Delhi pollution, a local resident says, "The condition of pollution is very dangerous for children, old people... I think the government needs to take some corrective measures to control this. Otherwise, things would get out of hand... There is a need for the change of policy from diesel and petrol vehicles to electric vehicles..."

09 Nov 2023, 09:06:54 AM IST

Haryana cabinet unveils policy to eliminate crop residue, curb stubble burning

The Haryana Cabinet has unveiled a paddy stubble management policy aimed at utilising paddy straw for sustainable energy and completely curbing crop residue burning practices by 2027.

The "Haryana Ex-Situ Management of Paddy Straw Policy 2023" is aimed at harnessing paddy straw for sustainable energy and eliminating crop residue burning by 2027, said an official statement after a meeting of the cabinet, which was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

09 Nov 2023, 09:02:52 AM IST

AAP blames Haryana govt for pollution crisis in Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday accused the Haryana government of being the “biggest culprit" behind pollution in Delhi, a day after the Supreme Court observed that there cannot be a “political battle" over the issue all the time.

Amid a spike in pollution levels in Delhi-NCR, the apex court on Tuesday directed Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ensure crop residue burning was stopped "forthwith", saying it cannot let "people die" due to pollution.

09 Nov 2023, 08:59:46 AM IST

Delhi's air quality severe; slight relief likely ahead of Diwali

The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the 'severe' category on Thursday morning, with a marginal improvement expected just ahead of Diwali as meteorological conditions are likely to become slightly favourable.

The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 420 at 8 am on Thursday, compared to 426 at 4 pm on Wednesday. The AQI map prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board showed clusters of red dots (indicating hazardous air quality) spread across the Indo-Gangetic plains.

09 Nov 2023, 08:55:17 AM IST

Delhi air quality continues to remain in the 'severe' category | Visuals from Qutub Minar area

Delhi air quality continues to remain in the 'severe' category as per the Central Pollution Control Board.

09 Nov 2023, 08:53:36 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: Visuals from the Barapullah area | Watch video

Delhi air quality continues to remain in the 'severe' category as per the Central Pollution Control Board.

09 Nov 2023, 08:37:12 AM IST

'Like breathing poison': Delhi children hardest hit by smog

Crying in a hospital bed with a nebuliser mask on his tiny face, one-month-old Ayansh Tiwari has a thick, hacking cough. His doctors blame the acrid air that blights New Delhi every year.

The spartan emergency room of the government-run Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya hospital in the Indian capital is crowded with children struggling to breathe -- many with asthma and pneumonia, which spike as air pollution peaks each winter in the megacity of 30 million people.

09 Nov 2023, 08:31:51 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: Top five places with highest AQI

 1) Airport (T3): 468

2) Mathura Road: 399

3) Ayanagar: 374

4) Pusa: 294

5) Lodhi Road: 317

09 Nov 2023, 08:25:26 AM IST

Tourists disappointed as Taj Mahal disappears in thick blanket of smog

As the air quality level deteriorates in the northern parts of India, a thick layer of smog engulfed the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The tourists complained that the monument was not clearly visible to them due to pollution.

09 Nov 2023, 08:23:09 AM IST

Delhi continues to suffer 'severe' air quality levels, toxic smog persists

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the National Capital continues to be in the 'severe' category, as per the data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Toxic smog continued to persist over several parts of the city on Thursday morning.

09 Nov 2023, 08:20:05 AM IST

Delhi: ‘Pollution is causing a lot of problems’, says local resident 

On Delhi pollution, a local resident says, "The pollution is causing a lot of problems...There is difficulty in breathing and the government should do something..."

09 Nov 2023, 08:17:54 AM IST

Delhi: Sprinkling of water being done in Lodhi Road area | Watch video

Delhi: Sprinkling of water being done in the Lodhi Road area by New Delhi Municipal Council, as a measure against the rise in Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city.

09 Nov 2023, 08:09:12 AM IST

Delhi Air Pollution: What do local residents say?

On Delhi pollution, a local resident says, "The pollution is very high. Everyone is facing problems. We are experiencing a burning sensation in our eyes..."

09 Nov 2023, 08:04:45 AM IST

Delhi air quality in ‘severe’ category | Visuals from Connaught Place

Delhi air quality continues to remain in the 'severe' category as per the Central Pollution Control Board. 

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