CPCB: News

07 Nov 2022


Delhi: Primary schools to reopen on Wednesday as AQI improves

The government of Delhi on Monday decided to reopen primary schools across the national capital from Wednesday (November 9).

04 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Primary schools shut in Delhi from tomorrow as pollution worsens

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday held the excessive stubble burning in Punjab responsible for the worsening air quality in the national capital region (NCR) over the last few days.

01 Nov 2022

Air Quality Index

#NewsBytesExplainer: What is AQI? How is it measured?

The smoke of Diwali firecrackers has settled everywhere but in New Delhi. Stubble burning and the after-effects of the "festival of lights" have the national capital reeling under air pollution.

11 Oct 2022

Air Quality Index

AQI at 44: Delhi breathes cleanest air in two years

While incessant showers have disrupted daily life in Delhi, they brought some respite as the national capital breathed the cleanest air—in two years—when the average air quality index (AQI) was 44 on Monday.

29 Oct 2020

Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality worsens to 'severe'; thick smog envelops capital

The air quality in Delhi fell into the 'severe' category on Thursday as residents awoke to a thick smog blanketing the national capital.

05 Oct 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Fighting air pollution amid coronavirus: Kejriwal's government prepares seven-point-plan

With the winter months fast approaching, the quality of air in Delhi has started deteriorating forcing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Arvind Kejriwal, to move into action.

01 Sep 2020


Side-effect of lockdown: Delhi's air cleanest in 5 years

On Tuesday morning, Delhi's air quality improved to the "good" category, following favorable wind speed and good rainfall during the last month.

23 Aug 2020

Hindustan Times

Delhi's air quality likely to become 'good' as rains continue

Delhi's air quality may improve to 'good' this week as the national capital has received heavy rainfall this monsoon.

14 Feb 2020


Should more Indian cities adopt 'Honk More, Wait More'?

Recently, the Mumbai Police introduced a scheme to discipline reckless honkers at traffic signals: 'Honk More, Wait More'.

20 Dec 2019


Delhi air quality 'severe' amid cold wave; flights disrupted

Early Friday morning, Delhi's air quality fell to 'severe' as weather conditions made the environment conducive to trapping pollutants.

BJP leader Javadekar says, No Indian study shows pollution kills

On Friday, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar delivered an appalling statement, claiming no Indian study has established a direct link between pollution and a reduced lifespan.

Better kill Delhiites with explosives, end suffering: SC on #DelhiPollution

On Monday, the Supreme Court pulled up the Central and Delhi governments for not taking action against the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.

Skies cleared up, no need to reintroduce odd-even, says Kejriwal

On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there is no need to extend the odd-even road rationing scheme for now as the air in the national capital has started clearing up.

04 Nov 2019

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

As pollution breaks records, odd-even scheme starts in Delhi today

Delhi is dealing with a grave situation with residents looking towards governments, both Centre and State, to give them a reprieve from air pollution.

03 Nov 2019


Delhi smog: Concerns over India versus Bangladesh T20I rise

The first T20I between India and Bangladesh is set to take place Delhi today.

17 Jul 2019

Air Pollution

IIT-Delhi working on projects to track, monitor air pollution levels

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi is developing a slew of solutions at its Center of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA) for tracking and reducing the air pollution levels in the city.

17 Jan 2019


NGT to Volkswagen: Deposit Rs. 100cr tomorrow or face arrest

On Thursday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered German car manufacturer Volkswagen to deposit Rs. 100cr with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by 5pm tomorrow, as reparations for the 2015 emissions scandal.

12 Jan 2019

Greater Noida

Air quality 'severe' in Delhi, rainfall may bring respite

Delhi's air quality was recorded in the severe category today due to reduced wind speed even as authorities have forecast rainfall in the next couple of days.

07 Jan 2019

Delhi Weather

Delhi's air improves after rainfall but remains 'very poor'

Delhi recorded its lowest pollution levels this year today after rains washed away the pollutants and cleansed the air, but the air quality still remained in the very poor category, the authorities said.

06 Jan 2019


Rainfall brings pollution level to year's lowest in Delhi

Delhi recorded its lowest pollution level of the year today after a spell of rain but the air quality remained in the very poor category.

05 Jan 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Delhi's air quality worsens again, turns 'severe'

Delhi's air quality deteriorated again to the severe category today due to unfavorable meteorological conditions after showing a slight improvement yesterday.

02 Jan 2019

Air Quality Index

Conditions unfavorable for pollutant dispersion, Delhi's air turns 'severe' today

Delhi's air quality turned severe today due to adverse meteorological conditions that remained unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants.

01 Jan 2019

Air Pollution

Delhi records 'severe' air quality for the third consecutive day

For the third consecutive day, the air quality in the national capital was in the severe category today.

#NewYearsEve: Delhiites burst firecrackers throwing SC-order out of the window

Even as the national capital continued its battle with toxic air, several instances of firecracker bursting, before and after the time limit fixed by the apex court, were observed in Delhi-NCR during New Year celebrations.

30 Dec 2018

Delhi Weather

Attention, Delhiites! City's air quality slips into 'severe' category

Delhi's air quality slipped into the severe category today due to unfavorable meteorological conditions slowing down dispersion of pollutants, authorities said.

29 Dec 2018

Delhi Police

'Ensure implementation of SC order on fire crackers on NY'

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed the Delhi Police to ensure the apex court order on burning firecrackers is complied with on New Year.

24 Dec 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi-NCR: EPCA shuts industries, bans construction activities for 3 days

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) today imposed a three-day ban on industrial activities in pollution hotspots and construction work across Delhi-NCR in view the national capital's severe air quality.

24 Dec 2018

Delhi Weather

Delhi's pollution level remains 'severe' for third consecutive day

Pollution in Delhi remained in the severe level for the third consecutive day, as wind speed and other meteorological factors remained "highly unfavorable" for dispersion of pollutants today, according to authorities.

23 Dec 2018

Delhi Weather

Attention Delhiites! City's AQI worsens, CPCB suggests minimum outdoor exposure

A Central Pollution Control Board-led task force has advised people to minimize outdoor exposure for the next three to five days and avoid using private vehicles, with Delhi's air quality slipping to the severe category.

22 Dec 2018

Air Quality Index

With smog covering around, Delhi's air quality turns 'severe'

Delhi's air quality deteriorated to severe category today as a cover of smog surrounded the national capital and prevented dispersion of pollutants, authorities said.

12 Dec 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi's air-quality remains 'severe', mild rain adds to pollution woes

Thick haze engulfed Delhi today as air quality in the national capital remained severe for the third consecutive day with mild rains further adding to pollution woes, authorities said.

#DelhiAirPollution: Delhi government fined Rs. 25cr for not curbing pollution

At a time when the national capital is choking on "very poor" air, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a Rs. 25 crore fine on the Delhi Government for failing to curb pollution.

02 Dec 2018

Air Quality Index

Delhi's air quality deteriorates, slips to 'very poor' category

Delhi's air quality deteriorated again today and slipped into very poor category due to local pollutants as authorities predicted further increase in pollution level.

27 Nov 2018


As air quality deteriorates, thick haze engulfs the national capital

A thick haze engulfed Delhi as the air quality deteriorated, authorities said today, adding eight areas of the national capital recorded severe pollution level.

21 Nov 2018

Air Quality Index

Delhi's overall air-quality 'very poor', some areas record 'severe' pollution

Delhi's overall air quality remained in the 'very poor' category today, while pollution levels in some areas touched 'severe' levels due to low wind speed, authorities said.

19 Nov 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi continues to choke, air quality remains 'very poor'

Delhi's air quality remained in the 'very poor' category due to slow wind speed and high humidity today, authorities said.

14 Nov 2018


IIT-Kanpur's plan to wash away Delhi's pollution awaits clearance

In an unprecedented approach to tackling pollution in India, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in collaboration with IIT-Kanpur, had earlier announced plans to wash away Delhi's toxic air using artificial rains.

11 Nov 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality remains severe due to unfavourable weather conditions

Delhi's air quality remained in the "severe" category today owing to unfavorable weather conditions and a significant increase in contribution from stubble burning, authorities said.

10 Nov 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality improves from 'severe' to 'very poor'

Days after Delhi witnessed 'severe' air quality post-Diwali, its air quality improved today to 'very poor' category, after local pollutants "reduced significantly" and the contribution from stubble burning remained "marginal" due to wind speed, authorities said.

09 Nov 2018

Air Pollution

Delhi air sees improvement, quality remains 'severe' however

Delhi's pollution level remained 'severe' for the second day, as a thick haze engulfed the national capital, even as the authorities said there was a significant improvement in the air quality as compared to yesterday.