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Delhi air quality LIVE updates: STF formed to tackle poor AQI, pollution control committee calls smog towers ineffective

Delhi air quality LIVE: The toxic haze enveloping Delhi intensified as the air quality once again deteriorated to 'very poor' levels, attributed to stable atmospheric conditions.

Delhi air quality LIVE: New Delhi, India - Nov. 15, 2023: Humayun's Tomb seen in morning smog as Air pollution rises in Delhi-NCR, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)Premium
Delhi air quality LIVE: New Delhi, India - Nov. 15, 2023: Humayun's Tomb seen in morning smog as Air pollution rises in Delhi-NCR, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

Delhi air quality LIVE: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai is scheduled to conduct a meeting on Thursday with various departments to discuss the efficient execution of measures specified in the central air pollution control plan, according to officials.

The meeting is set to take place at 1 pm at the Delhi Secretariat.

Meanwhile, Delhi, NCR regions are experiencing ‘very poor’ air quality on Thursday. As per SAFAR data, the overall air quality in the national capital stood at 386.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 7 am in Bawana was recorded at 442, RK Puram was 418 in Jahangirpuri it was 441 in Dwarka it was 416 in Alipur 415, in Anand Vihar at 412, in ITO it was 412 and near the Delhi airport the AQI was recorded at 401.

An official from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) announced on Tuesday that the final stage of the central government's air pollution control plan, known as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), will persist.

Stringent measures, including a prohibition on construction activities and the entry of pollution-emitting trucks into the national capital, will continue until further directives are issued, PTI reported.

Check all the LIVE updates here

16 Nov 2023, 10:42:04 PM IST

No relief from air pollution over next few days, says IMD

Due to calm winds and low temperatures in the national capital, there is a favourable condition for the accumulation of pollutants and relief is unlikely over the next few days, said an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

16 Nov 2023, 10:14:42 PM IST

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann invokes Gurbani to urge farmers to stop stubble burning

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, on Thursday, quoted the verse from Gurbani to urge farmers from burning stubble burning in farms. 

"We are burning our oxygen. The smoke first passes through the lungs of our children and then it goes elsewhere," Mann said at an event here in Ludhiana while referring to stubble burning and bursting of firecrackers.

Mann quoted the verse 'Pawan Guru, Paani Pitaah, Mata Dharat Mahat' from Gurbani and spoke about how the great Sikh Gurus equated air (pawan) with teacher, water (paani) with father and land (dharat) with mother.

16 Nov 2023, 09:21:35 PM IST

Delhi govt hits back LG Saxena's criticism on Air Pollution

Reacting to Delhi LG VK Saxena's criticism of the government on failing to take actions against pollution, AAP said that the Delhi govt has taken a slew of measures over the past several years. These measures have led to a significant improvement in the air quality, and were also appreciated in the Economic Survey 2022-23 tabled in Parliament, said AAP in a statement.

16 Nov 2023, 08:58:35 PM IST

Punjab's Moga recorded maximum cases of farm fires on Thursday

In Punjab, Mogaa recorded the highest number of farm fires cases on Thursday. In Moga, stubble burning incidents stood at 237,  followed by 170 in Bathinda, 145 in Barnala, 129 in Sangrur, 113 in Faridkot and 110 in Ludhiana, according to the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre data.

16 Nov 2023, 08:43:43 PM IST

No end to farm fires in Punjab, 1200 farm fires on Thursday

Despite red alert in Punjab, the state reported 1,200 cases of stubble burning on Thursday. On the other hand, air quality indiced turned ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ in Haryana.

The fresh crop residue burning cases indicated that there was no let up in such cases despite the Punjab Police sounding a red alert in all the districts, warning of legal action against those found burning stubble.

Moreover, flying squads have also been keeping a vigil on stubble burning in the state.

16 Nov 2023, 07:47:06 PM IST

Delhi's AQI stood at 419 on Thursday evening

Delhi's 24-hour average Air Quality Index, recorded at 4 pm every day, was at 419 on Thursday. A day ago it was at 401, 397 on Tuesday, 358 on Monday and 218 on Sunday, 220 on Saturday and 279 on Friday.

16 Nov 2023, 07:04:16 PM IST

Vehicular emissions the largest contributor of air pollution in Delhi

Delhi's air pollution continued to remain in ‘very poor’ category on Thursday. One of the major contributor of air pollution in the city was vehicular emissions that were 25 per cent of the total air pollution on Thursday, according to the findings from a joint project by the Delhi government and IIT-Kanpur. 

16 Nov 2023, 06:49:29 PM IST

'Not even a drop in the ocean,' DPCC on the impact of smog tower on curbing Delhi's air pollution

In its response to the National Green Tribunal, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said that Delhi's 1,483 square kilometres of area would require 47,000 smog towers to control air pollution. 

The cost of installation of a single smog tower could reach to 25 crore and would require 15 lakh monthly for operation and maintenance.

Reduction of pollution by just 17 per cent within a 100-metre radius at a capital cost of 25 crore and a recurring cost of 10 to 15 lakh per month is "not at all justified. It is not even a drop in the ocean", the DPCC report said.

16 Nov 2023, 06:32:00 PM IST

Smog towers not practical solution to air pollution problem: Delhi pollution control body

The two experimental smog towers installed in Delhi, have not been able to reduce the air pollution in the city. Moreover, the costly maintenance of these giant air purifiers lacks merit, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

16 Nov 2023, 05:27:36 PM IST

What's making Delhi's air pollution worse?

Delhi's geographical positioning, meteorological conditions, vehicular emissions, industrial and construction activities have contributed in Delhi's air pollution. All these factors accentuate the effect of stubble burning-induced air pollution in the city.

16 Nov 2023, 04:54:24 PM IST

Delhi air pollution: Govt forms Special Task Force as AQI turns 'very poor'

Amid rising air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government has formed a Special Task Force to enforce regulation and assist in monitoring pollution, environment minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

The six-member STF will perform other functions like coordinating with different departments compiling reports to tackle poor AQI. (Read full story)

16 Nov 2023, 04:12:01 PM IST

Special Task Force in action to deal with rising air pollution

Special Task Force has been formed to combat with rising air pollution in Delhi, announced environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday.

16 Nov 2023, 03:57:57 PM IST

Politics can wait, Delhi LG Saxena on rising air pollution in the national capital

Amid the rising air pollution in the city, Delhi LG, on Thursday, lashed out at the Delhi government for failing to deal with the problem of air pollution in the city. 

In his series of posts on X, LG VK Saxena said that instead of focusing on the root cause of problem, the Delhi government was busy in publicising events like ‘Red lights on, Gaadi off’, ‘Odd-even’.

"The real solution to pollution in Delhi lies in Delhi itself," the LG wrote.

16 Nov 2023, 03:35:57 PM IST

'Don't tell me winds from Punjab blow only towards Delhi': Congress MP Manish Tiwari

Congress MP Manish Tiwari questioned how Punjab can be the leading contributor of pollution in Delhi. 
In one of his posts on X, Manish Tiwari said, “If stubble burning in Punjab is the problem why is AQI of Chandigarh at 80 & Delhi at 420 ? Don't tell me the winds from Punjab blow only towards Delhi."

“Look at this map.The city of Barnala is at the epicentre of these Farm Fires . Barnala is a city in Southern Punjab . Guess what the AQI is 221-certainly not as healthy as Patiala that is at 105. The Ariel distance between Patiala & Barnala is 82 Kilometres. The AQI of Southern Punjab where bulk of stubble burning unfortunately occurs is still at least 200-250 less than Delhi at 433," he wrote in another post on X.

16 Nov 2023, 02:11:59 PM IST

LG Saxena attacks Delhi, Punjab govts over pollution

Lt Governor V K Saxena on Thursday targeted AAP governments in Delhi and Punjab over air pollution in the city, saying Delhi can do little to stop smoke from stubble-burning from other states.

He also highlighted that the problem in the national capital can be mitigated by reducing "dust that our unrepaired roads, unpaved pavements and construction sites cause" and curbing vehicular emissions.

Saxena said the national capital can do little to stop crop residue smoke from other states and added "blaming others should not be alibi for gross inaction over years."

Saxena also accused the Punjab government of "playing truant." (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 01:51:58 PM IST

India's top 10 most polluted cities with worst AQI, Patna at first spot due to ‘hazardous’ air quality | Full list here

Major cities across northern states of India have been battling the problem of pollution for the past few weeks with toxic haze blanketing the cities. These polluted cities include Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, etc.

In the list of the top 10 most polluted cities with the worst air quality as of 6:30 am, two are in Bihar, more than three in Rajasthan, followed by Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and more.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Patna's air quality slipped into the ‘hazardous’ category as the overall AQI of Bihar’s capital city stood at 587 today morning, while Delhi's AQI was 449 at 6.30 am on Thursday. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 01:32:19 PM IST

Air pollution: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai calls for meeting to strengthen Delhi's pollution battle

A thick layer of smog veiled the national capital Delhi on Thursday morning with air quality being recorded in the 'severe' category in several parts of the city

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 7 am in Bawana was recorded at 442, RK Puram was 418 in in Jahangirpuri it was 441 in Dwarka it was 416 in Alipur 415, in Anand Vihar at 412, in ITO it was 412 and near the Delhi airport the AQI was recorded at 401. (AQI)

16 Nov 2023, 01:14:27 PM IST

Delhi's air quality very poor, vehicular emissions largest contributor

Delhi's air quality fluctuated between the very poor and severe categories on Thursday as unfavourable meteorological conditions hindered the dispersion of pollutants.

Recent findings from a joint project by the Delhi government and IIT-Kanpur found that vehicular emissions accounted for about 38 percent of the capital's air pollution on Wednesday. This is projected to rise to 40 percent on Thursday.

Secondary inorganic aerosols -- particles such as sulfate and nitrate that are formed in the atmosphere due to the interaction of gases and particulate pollutants from sources like power plants, refineries, and vehicles -- is the second major contributor to Delhi's foul air, accounting for 30 to 35 percent of the air pollution in the city over the last few days. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 12:51:41 PM IST

India's top 10 most polluted cities with worst AQI, Patna at first spot due to ‘hazardous’ air quality | Full list here

Major cities across northern states of India have been battling the problem of pollution for the past few weeks with toxic haze blanketing the cities. These polluted cities include Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, etc.

In the list of the top 10 most polluted cities with the worst air quality as of 6:30 am, two are in Bihar, more than three in Rajasthan, followed by Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and more.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Patna's air quality slipped into the ‘hazardous’ category as the overall AQI of Bihar’s capital city stood at 587 today morning, while Delhi's AQI was 449 at 6.30 am on Thursday. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 12:34:14 PM IST

Air pollution news: THESE 3 Indian cities are among world's 10 most polluted after Diwali | Full list here

Air pollution news: Three Indian cities are included in the list of the world's 10 most polluted cities, according to Swiss group IQAir. Taking the number 1 position, Delhi is the most polluted Indian city and also took the top spot globally. As per IQAir, Delhi's air quality stood at 430. The ban on firecrackers was violated in several areas of Delhi as people celebrated Diwali on Sunday. Several were also seen gathering at the park of the locality for bursting crackers. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 12:17:01 PM IST

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16 Nov 2023, 12:06:10 PM IST

Bihar PCB to initiate legal action against govt bodies failing to comply with environmental laws

In a bid to combat air pollution, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has decided to initiate legal action against government bodies failing to comply with environmental protection laws.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board's Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletin of 244 cities issued on November 14, Saran (Chhapra) was the most polluted city in the state, with AQI of 386, followed by Bettiah (345) and Patna (324). The AQI of these cities plunged to 'very poor', which causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 11:50:07 AM IST

Delhi's air quality very poor, vehicular emissions largest contributor

Delhi's air quality fluctuated between the very poor and severe categories on Thursday as unfavourable meteorological conditions hindered the dispersion of pollutants.

Recent findings from a joint project by the Delhi government and IIT-Kanpur found that vehicular emissions accounted for about 38 percent of the capital's air pollution on Wednesday. This is projected to rise to 40 percent on Thursday.

Secondary inorganic aerosols -- particles such as sulfate and nitrate that are formed in the atmosphere due to the interaction of gases and particulate pollutants from sources like power plants, refineries, and vehicles -- is the second major contributor to Delhi's foul air, accounting for 30 to 35 percent of the air pollution in the city over the last few days. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 11:23:20 AM IST

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16 Nov 2023, 11:22:06 AM IST

India's top 10 most polluted cities with worst AQI, Patna at first spot due to ‘hazardous’ air quality | Full list here

Major cities across northern states of India have been battling the problem of pollution for the past few weeks with toxic haze blanketing the cities. These polluted cities include Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, etc.

In the list of the top 10 most polluted cities with the worst air quality as of 6:30 am, two are in Bihar, more than three in Rajasthan, followed by Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and more.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Patna's air quality slipped into the ‘hazardous’ category as the overall AQI of Bihar’s capital city stood at 587 today morning, while Delhi's AQI was 449 at 6.30 am on Thursday.

In Bihar, Bhagalpur became the third most-polluted city in the country with an overall air quality index of 388, followed by 382 in Noida, 348 in Purnea, 338 in Saharsa, 332 in Begusarai, 331 in Gurugram, 328 in Rajgir, and 325 in Rajmahal. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 11:05:39 AM IST

Thick veil of smog over Delhi; air quality continues in 'severe' category

A thick layer of smog veiled the national capital Delhi on Thursday morning with air quality being recorded in the 'severe' category in several parts of the city

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 7 am in Bawana was recorded at 442, RK Puram was 418 in Jahangirpuri it was 441 in Dwarka it was 416 in Alipur 415, in Anand Vihar at 412, in ITO it was 412 and near the Delhi airport the AQI was recorded at 401.

Visuals from India Gate this morning showed people exercising and working out wearing masks. (ANI)

16 Nov 2023, 10:48:18 AM IST

'Stubble will not be a problem when...': Nitin Gadkari has a solution to Delhi air pollution

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasised the steps taken by the Centre to curb stubble burning in neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. He expressed confidence that over time, stubble would cease to be a problem as its value increases, leading to the creation of a robust market for stubble.

Explaining the same, Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, "Bitumen, Bio-CNG, LNG is being made from stubble" in these states and that efforts are on to build "a good market for stubble". Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 10:30:51 AM IST

Delhi environment minister calls meeting of depts for effective implementation of air pollution control plan

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will on Thursday hold a meeting with departments on the effective implementation of measures outlined in the Centre's air pollution control plan, officials said. The meeting will be held at the Delhi Secretariat at 1 pm, an official said.

Rai had previously reprimanded the departments concerned for their negligence in executing the air pollution control plan and urged them to establish a monitoring mechanism for overseeing the teams responsible for enforcing anti-air pollution measures.

Delhi's air quality fluctuated between the 'very poor' and 'severe' categories on Thursday due to unfavourable meteorological conditions hindering the dispersion of pollutants.

The capital's Air Quality Index stood at 393 at 9 am on Thursday.

16 Nov 2023, 09:58:29 AM IST

Officials douse farm fires in Punjab's Firozpur| WATCH

16 Nov 2023, 09:55:35 AM IST

Delhi's air quality very poor, vehicular emissions largest contributor

Delhi's air quality fluctuated between the very poor and severe categories on Thursday as unfavourable meteorological conditions hindered the dispersion of pollutants.

Recent findings from a joint project by the Delhi government and IIT-Kanpur found that vehicular emissions accounted for about 38 percent of the capital's air pollution on Wednesday. This is projected to rise to 40 percent on Thursday.

Secondary inorganic aerosols -- particles such as sulfate and nitrate that are formed in the atmosphere due to the interaction of gases and particulate pollutants from sources like power plants, refineries, and vehicles -- is the second major contributor to Delhi's foul air, accounting for 30 to 35 percent of the air pollution in the city over the last few days. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 09:41:19 AM IST

Gopal Rai calls meeting of departments for implementation of measures

16 Nov 2023, 09:20:02 AM IST

A layer of haze lingers in air in Mumbai this morning| WATCH

16 Nov 2023, 09:03:30 AM IST

'Breathing in Delhi feels like inhaling smoke,' says a commuter | WATCH

16 Nov 2023, 08:50:12 AM IST

A layer of haze covers Delhi as the air quality in several areas in the city remains in 'Severe' category| WATCH

16 Nov 2023, 08:23:55 AM IST

Congress' Delhi chief holds 'shadow cabinet' meeting of former ministers to discuss pollution issue

The Congress' Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely on Wednesday held a meeting of the 'shadow cabinet' of former ministers to discuss the pollution issue in the national capital, a party statement said.

Lovely claimed many lives are lost in the wombs due to the pollution but the central and the Delhi governments have not bothered to draw up a roadmap to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Leaders of both these governments are busy campaigning for elections in other states instead of tackling Delhi's woes, Lovely alleged. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 08:04:23 AM IST

Delhi air pollution: Red alert in Punjab as stubble burning continues, farmers to lead protest against punitive actions

Amid rising air pollution in Delhi and the rest of North India, a red alert has been sounded in all districts of Punjab to curb rampant stubble burning. Moreover, the burning of crop residue can attract legal action against violators, a senior official told PTI.

The Supreme Court's sharp reaction to air pollution in Delhi, and the rest of North India, has forced the Punjab government to take strict measures against stubble burning. However, the actions have increased the challenges for Punjab farmers. Unhappy with the punitive action on stubble burning, multiple farmer unions of Punjab announced to protest on November 20 in the state, reported Indian Express. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 07:32:31 AM IST

Bihar PCB to initiate legal action against govt bodies failing to comply with environmental laws

In a bid to combat air pollution, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has decided to initiate legal action against government bodies failing to comply with environment protection laws.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board's Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletin of 244 cities issued on November 14, Saran (Chhapra) was the most polluted city in the state, with AQI of 386, followed by Bettiah (345) and Patna (324). The AQI of these cities plunged to 'very poor', which causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. (PTI)

16 Nov 2023, 07:17:55 AM IST

India's top 10 most polluted cities with worst AQI, Patna at first spot due to ‘hazardous’ air quality | Full list here

Major cities across northern states of India have been battling the problem of pollution for the past few weeks with toxic haze blanketing the cities. These polluted cities include Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, etc.

In the list of the top 10 most polluted cities with the worst air quality as of 6:30 am, two are in Bihar, more than three in Rajasthan, followed by Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and more.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Patna's air quality slipped into the ‘hazardous’ category as the overall AQI of Bihar’s capital city stood at 587 today morning, while Delhi's AQI was 449 at 6.30 am on Thursday. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 07:07:47 AM IST

'Stubble will not be a problem when...': Nitin Gadkari has a solution to Delhi air pollution

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasised the steps taken by the Centre to curb stubble burning in neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. He expressed confidence that over time, stubble would cease to be a problem as its value increases, leading to the creation of a robust market for stubble.

Explaining the same, Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, "Bitumen, Bio-CNG, LNG is being made from stubble" in these states and that efforts are on to build "a good market for stubble".

Smoke from stubble burning, or the burning of crop residue, in states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, is one of the major contributors to the air pollution in Delhi. Taking note of the seriousness of the issue, the Supreme Court had instructed farmers in these states and state governments to immediately cease stubble burning. Read the complete story here.

16 Nov 2023, 07:03:25 AM IST

Delhi pollution: Buses except CNG, electric, BS-VI diesel ones likely to be barred from entering city

The Delhi government is likely to impose a complete ban on passenger buses except those running on CNG, electricity and BS-VI diesel from entering the national capital in view of the pollution situation.

Restrictions under GRAP Stage IV are currently in place in Delhi amid plummeting air quality in the national capital. (PTI)

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