Air Pollution in India

ECoR asked to pay Rs 50 lakh for violating pollution norm

Date of Release: 
May 28 2016

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the East Coast Railway (ECoR) to pay Rs 50 lakh for operating Jakhapura Railway Siding in Jajpur district without taking consent from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).

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Calls for action mount as six Indian cities hit top 10 of air pollution

Date of Release: 
May 12 2016

Environmental campaigners in India have called for the government to implement a “stringent, time-bound” plan to curb air pollution in cities, as a new World Health Organisation report suggests that six of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.

The report, which contains data from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013, shows Indian cities have some of the highest concentrations of particulate pollution, which can cause fatal damage to the heart and lungs.

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India introduces car sales tax to combat pollution

Date of Release: 
Feb 29 2016

India has introduced a new tax on car sales aimed at helping fight high levels of air pollution and congestion.

The surprise move, announced by the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, is a victory for campaigners and a defeat for the powerful car industry.

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To check pollution, govt considers third-party audit of industrial areas

Date of Release: 
Feb 10 2016

The Delhi government, which is in the process of seeking feedback on reintroducing the odd-even scheme, is also considering commissioning a third-party audit of its industrial areas to check pollution. Government sources said this is the first time that the government is considering to outsource such an audit to zero in on factors contributing to industrial pollution.

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Air Pollution rising as a cause of death in India, China and other emerging economies

Date of Release: 
Feb 14 2016

The number of deaths caused Air pollution has gone up in the recent decades and India, China and some other developing economies are among the major suffering regions across the world. A new research has found that air pollution and health conditions related to air pollution are causing more deaths across the world compared to the data collected for 1980s.

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Odd-even: Delhi government observes 'declining trend' of pollutants

Date of Release: 
Jan 5 2016

New Delhi: An interplay of hostile weather conditions made air quality oscillate between 'severe' and 'very poor' in the city on Tuesday, limiting the gains of the 'odd-even' car rationing scheme.

Monitoring stations of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology recorded suspended particulate matters multiple times above the safe limits.

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Toxic Air in India Worse Than Singapore Haze Tests Green Pledges

Date of Release: 
Nov 5 2015

The air pollution meter buzzed and spat out a stunning result: levels of PM2.5 -- tiny, toxic particles that lead to respiratory diseases -- were 27 times the safe limit near the Indian parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.

The reading of 675 micrograms per cubic meter of air recorded by Bloomberg News exceeded the highest measured this year in Singapore, where PM2.5 levels touched471 in October as Indonesian plantation fires led to some of the murkiest haze the city state has seen.

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