Delhi sees worst November air on record

Delhi saw its worst November air this year since the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) started measuring the air quality index (AQI) in...

Air pollution level in Delhi up again (AQI/403); no respite till Monday

Air pollution levels in Delhi worsened on Friday morning due to low temperature and slow wind speed, and the air quality index read 403 at 9 am, which falls in the severe category. Low temperatures and slow surface winds allow accumulation of pollutants. The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) read 400 on Thursday evening. The a...

Delhi’s air quality remains ‘very poor,’ AQI at 390

Air quality in the national capital continues to be in the very poor category with the AQI clocking 390 at 9 am on Thursday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The city’s 24-hour air quality index (AQI) stood at 361 on Wednesday. Neighbouring Faridabad (394), Ghaziabad (362), Gurugram (322) and Noida (330) also recorde...

Delhi schools, colleges to reopen next week as air quality improves to ‘poor’

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai announced on Wednesday that only trucks and tempos that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) - barring those engaged in essential services - will be allowed to enter the Capital from Saturday. The Capital has been battling toxic air since Diwali earlier this month. On Monday, the state had prohibited the entry...

Delhi govt lifts ban on construction, demolition as air quality improves

The Delhi government on Monday lifted the ban on construction and demolition activities in view of an improvement in air quality in the capital. Making the announcement, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will take a call on the reopening of schools, work from home for government staff on November 24. “We will also discus...

Top meet called as Delhi (AQI-382) continues to gasp for breath

Delhi continues to gasp — for breath. The national capital’s air quality remained in the very poor category on Sunday (November 21), despite forecast of improvement owing to relatively strong winds. For the record, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was 382 at 9 am on Sunday. The 24-hour average AQI was 374 on Saturday. Neighboring Faridabad ...

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The national capital’s air quality was in the very poor category on Saturday, but is predicted to improve significantly from Sunday owing to relatively strong winds. Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) was 377 at 9 am on Saturday. It was slightly better on Friday when the AQI was 370, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. “The c...

Dropping temperature likely to keep Delhi’s pollution levels high

Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) improved slightly (344) on Thursday (November 18) morning before regaining Wednesday’s peak of 375, shows the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. In any case, the air quality in the national capital remains in the ‘very poor’ category. Weather scientists say improvement in air quality is unlikely till com...

Air is bad: No relief for Delhiites from pollution till November 21

The air quality index (AQI) at New Delhi’s Anand Vihar area at 7 pm on Wednesday (November 17) was 410, which falls in the ‘severe category’ and indicates the multitude of challenges at hand in tackling the pollution challenge in the national capital. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Delhiites should not expect any improvement...

Delhi pollution ‘chokes’ Kejriwal govt, Centre says no WFH

The Centre on Wednesday (November 17) told the Supreme Court that the latter’s suggestion of work-from-home for government employees amid the rising air pollution levels in Delhi wouldn’t bear much results, and that carpooling would be a better alternative. The Centre told the court that asking employees to work from home to cut down on vehicula...

Delhi’s air quality may slip to ‘severe’ category by nightfall

Air quality in Delhi, which has been deteriorating for the past many days, was at ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday morning and is expected to slump to ‘severe category’ by nightfall, according to forecast by Air Quality Early Warning System. The forecast said calm conditions would prevail in the morning and surface winds would come from the north...

Consider WFH for Delhi-NCR residents: SC tells Centre, states as pollution levels sho...

Expressing concern over the deteriorating pollution levels in the national capital, the Supreme Court on Monday (November 15) urged the Centre and states to consider implementing work-from-home for their employees living in and around Delhi and ask farmers under their respective jurisdictions not to burn stubble. Posting the next hearing to Wedn...

Delhi’s air quality worsens further, AQI recorded at 342

Delhi’s air quality remained in the very poor category for the second consecutive day on Monday, with the AQI being recorded at 342. The air quality index of Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Noida stood at 328, 340, 326 and 328 respectively, at 9:05 am. A visible improvement in Delhi’s air quality was recorded on Sunday, although it was ...

Senior ministers skip Nehru’s anniversary function, ‘atrocious’ say...

If the ruling dispensation had its way, it would rather not acknowledge the memory of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, it seems. Showing scant respect for the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru, no senior minister turned up at a key traditional function to mark the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on Sunday (November 14), which ...

‘Witness saw murder through gap in wall’ during Delhi riots

Calling it a calculated attack, a Delhi court has framed charges of murder, rioting, and criminal conspiracy against four accused for allegedly killing a man during the riots here last year. 

Suffocating smog thickens in Delhi-NCR; AQI at 471 is season’s worst

It has been eight days after Diwali, and the layer of smog and pollution enveloping the Delhi and NCR region shows no signs of abating. Delhi has recorded severe air quality on six of the last eight days after Diwali, and on Friday, the toxic smog only thickened further, reducing the sun to an orange tint and gave a cough to most local residents...

Delhi govt sets up barricades and water sprays to clean Yamuna of toxic foam

The Delhi government is finally doing something to rid the Yamuna of the unsightly and toxic foam floating on the water that is visible to anyone near the river. On Wednesday, the government resorted to sprinkling water at high speed at various locations on the river to dissipate the dirty froth, and also set up bamboo barricades near Kalindi Ku...

Central Vista: Bids sought for ‘Executive Enclave’, includes new PM offic...

The Central Public Works Department, the nodal agency of the high-powered Central Vista redevelopment project, has called on Tuesday (November 9) for pre-qualification bids to construct the 'Executive Enclave', which will include Prime Minister's four-storied office building, a two-storied India House, the Cabinet Secretariat and the National Secur...

I visit temples, no one must have objections, says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said he visits temples because he is a Hindu and no one should have objections on it. The Aam Aadmi Party national convener, who arrived here on a two-day visit, was replying to a query on whether he was indulging in "soft Hindutva" by visiting temples. Do you go to the temple? I also go to the t...

Water supply in Delhi disrupted as ammonia rises in Yamuna

Water supply was disrupted in parts of Delhi on Sunday as production at the treatment plants in the city was hit due to an increase in ammonia in the Yamuna river near Wazirabad. “Water production has been hit due to heavy sewage and industrial discharge from Haryana," Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice chairman Raghav Chadha said in a statement. Cha...

Taj Mahal disappears behind a smoky haze, Agra enveloped in thick smog

Soaring air pollution levels in Agra are playing havoc on one of the wonders of the world. The centuries-old monument, the Taj Mahal, on Sunday (November 7) was enveloped in a smoky haze and was almost invisible to visitors. Post-Diwali, Agra’s AQI (air quality index) firmly remained in the ‘severe’ category, according to the Central Pollution C...

Pollution + COVID in Delhi deadly mix, children most vulnerable: Doctors

Diwali fireworks may be over, but the smoke it created is still creating havoc. It has been three days, but Delhi's air quality is hovering around 450, which is still "severe". Amid the worsening AIR Quality Index (AQI) levels*, doctors have warned that the increasing pollution levels could trigger another COVID wave, mostly because it multiplie...

Some people burst crackers on purpose despite ban: Environment Minister Gopal Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Friday that Delhi’s air quality had deteriorated due to a surge in farm fires and some people bursting firecrackers on purpose on Diwali, despite a ban on it. He alleged that the BJP made people burst firecrackers on Diwali on Thursday. Rai said Delhi’s base pollution has remained the same. Only two f...

Diwali and stubble burning leave north Indians out of breath

The AQI of Delhi crossed the 700-mark in the evening on Thursday and remained around 749, which is considered severe.

Delhi’s Diwali starts with ‘very poor’ air quality, situation likel...

Delhi’s Diwali started with "very poor" air quality, which is predicted to take a turn for the worse irrespective of cracker bursting, according to authorities. At 8am, the capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 341, up from 314 at 4pm on Wednesday. The 24-hour average AQI was 303 on Tuesday, and 281 on Monday. AQI between zero and 50 is ...

After Centre cut petrol & diesel prices, several states too reduce VAT on fuel

In the Diwali spirit of gifting, several BJP states have jumped in to further slash Value Added Tax (VAT) on both petrol and diesel by ₹7 per litre to provide some relief to citizens. This comes shortly after the Centre had lowered excise duty on petrol by ₹5 and on diesel by ₹10, making it effective from Thursday, and after oil companies had passed on a record reduction in excise duty rates to consumers.