Reports

9/11/2018 4:19:00 AM'

How these temples give a new life to old flowers

Outside Delhi’s Jhandewalan temple are hawkers selling mata ki chunnis (ceremonial red and gold cloth) and garlands. With 5,000-10,000 devotees visiting every day, and most of them offering flowers, the temple generates about 200kg of floral waste daily. On Tuesdays and Sundays, it’s upwards of 500kg, and during Navratri it can touch a tonne a day. Over the last year, though, the temple has been composting its flower waste, making sure it doesn’t end up as an unsightly mass on riverbanks or i...

8/29/2018 6:07:00 AM'

India’s most polluted: 30% have no clean up plan

A good number of India’s most polluted cities are not too keen to clean up their act, according to a list maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Of the 102 cities singled out by the Centre for their alarming pollution levels, only 73 have submitted a plan of remedial action to the CPCB. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Nagpur and Jaipur are among the prominent cities that are yet to submit their plans. These so-called ‘non-attainment cities’ were among those marked out by the CPCB and...

8/28/2018 8:39:00 AM'

Air pollution affects brain too, hits maths skills: Study

Air pollution not only harms the heart and lungs, a new study indicates it affects the brain so much that people, especially the elderly, could struggle for words or to complete simple maths. Long-term exposure to air pollution severely affects cognition skills, according to the joint study by Yale and Peking Universities and published in the reputed Proceedings of National Academy of Science (PNAS) journal. “The study found a significant reduction in verbal and maths skills of people exposed...

8/28/2018 8:29:00 AM'

NGT tells CPCB to check status of 51,837 factories

NEW DELHI: Taking suo moto cognisance of a TOI article on 51,837 illegal industries operating in residential areas in the capital, the National Green Tribunal has directed CPCB to form a two-member expert committee to initiate action against the offenders. NGT has also directed the corporations, DSIIDC and the DDA to cooperate and provide assistance to CPCB in this. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the two-man panel to look into these industries running in ...

8/28/2018 8:13:00 AM'

Nearly 4 lakh trees lost to cremations every year, but Delhi finds it tough to make green shift...

NEW DELHI: Despite several interventions by courts and introduction of new technologies, wood-based traditional funerals continue to constitute more than 95% of cremations in Delhi. The latest statistics released by the government’s directorate of economics and statistics show that over 1.4 lakh people had died in the city in 2016 and the number has been consistently rising. The corporations’ public health departments estimate that around 90,000 cremations take place in Delhi annually. “Aroun...

8/28/2018 8:05:00 AM'

NGT slaps Rs 46 lakh fine on former U'khand DGP for illegally buying reserve forest land, felling 25

Dehradun: In a landmark judgment, the National Green Tribunal on Monday penalised former Uttarakhand director general of police BS Sidhu for felling 25 sal trees in a reserve forest land purchased illegally by him in Mussoorie forest division, near Dehradun-Mussoorie highway. The tribunal imposed a penalty of Rs 46 lakh on Sidhu and directed him that it should be paid to the Dehradun DFO in a month. The green court observed that the money would be used for plantation of saplings in the area whe...

8/28/2018 7:55:00 AM'

Delhi-NCR breathing cleaner air this year than in 2016 & 17

NEW DELHI: The air quality in the National Capital Region has improved in 2018 compared with the last two years, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said on Monday. An improvement in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations have been recorded this year except for two high pollution periods — in January and June. The CPCB’s air quality index assessment during 2016-18 also suggests that the number of “satisfactory” air quality days has gone up, while there have been fewer “very poor” days this year...

8/28/2018 4:38:00 AM'

Expert panel will be set up: L-G to SC

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi on Monday informed the Supreme Court that an experts committee would be constituted to deal with all aspects relating to solid waste management in the national capital.  A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta observed that the issue of solid waste management in Delhi was "serious" and said the committee would have to meet on a day-to-day basis to take stock of the situation. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand, app...

8/27/2018 10:44:00 AM'

Soon, Tesla's BlackHOLE to gobble up waste in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Ladakh, often called the roof of the world because of its high altitude and windswept plateaus, is getting a 'BlackHOLE' to swallow the mountains of trash rising in step with a surge in tourist arrivals. The innovative waste disposal technology from the Tesla stable will form the backbone of a waste disposal system being rolled out as the tourism boom has set off alarm bells over the adverse impact on Ladakh's fragile ecology. Tourist arrivals have risen from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to ...

8/27/2018 10:19:00 AM'

No one wants garbage in their backyard

NEW DELHI: The Ghazipur landfill mound is now over 65 metres tall — just 8 metres less than Qutub Minar. Only, unlike the latter, it’s become a symbol of shame and systemic failure.  For over a year now, civic bodies and land-owning agencies have been searching for land that could serve as an alternative to the already exhausted Okhla, Ghazipur and Bhalswa sites. However, each time a location gets the National Green Tribunal’s approval, residents come out in large numbers in protest. Their “l...

8/27/2018 10:07:00 AM'

Oxygen levels show why Yamuna is dead for all practical purposes

NEW DELHI: Despite several SC and NGT orders, almost the entire stretch of Yamuna in Delhi continues to be severely polluted. In fact, the intensity of pollution may have increased in the last 4-5 years, an analysis of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s Yamuna water quality data has revealed. For example, dissolved oxygen (DO) levels — the amount of oxygen dissolved in water — ought to be a minimum of 4 mg/litre, but 2015 onwards, there is nearly no DO in any stretch of Yamuna downstream...

8/25/2018 9:21:00 AM'

Jal Board nod for decentralised STPs in city parks

In a major decision on Friday, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) approved the creation of Decentralised Sewage Treatment Plants (DSTPs) in parks all over the Capital. The decision was taken among several significant others at the 141st board meeting of the DJB under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here. DJB vice-chairperson Dinesh Mohaniya, CEO Anil Kumar Singh and other senior officials were present in the meeting, the government said in a statement. “One of the major sources of...

8/25/2018 8:53:00 AM'

Commute-related pollution: Kolkata shines among megacities

An analysis of 14 cities in India, including six megacities and eight metropolises, on how they fare when it comes to pollution and energy consumption from urban commuting, places Kolkata as the top-performing megacity. Bhopal leads the list on the lowest overall emissions. Delhi and Hyderabad are the two cities that fare at the bottom of the table in terms of pollution and energy use. ‘National crisis’ The report titled ‘The Urban Commute and How it Contributes to Pollution and Energy’, co...

8/24/2018 6:11:00 AM'

Noida’s groundwater level falling by 1.5 metres every year

NOIDA: The twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida could soon follow in the footsteps of parched Delhi and depend on other cities or states for groundwater. Recent data from the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) shows water level has been depleting in Gautam Budh Nagar at an average rate of 1.5 metres every year for the past five years. Environmentalists attribute the depletion to “over-extraction” of groundwater mainly by construction sites and say if conservation doesn’t start on war-footing...

8/24/2018 5:53:00 AM'

Noida to fine those dumping waste in drains

The Noida authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) Alok Tandon on Wednesday directed the health department to penalise those who are found throwing waste into drains.  The CEO’s direction came while conducting an inspection of drains on Wednesday. He started the inspection around 9.45am and ended the drive around 12.15pm. Officials said that choked drains cause health problems to residents and the authority struggles to ensure that the city drains remain clean. There are a total of 14 drai...