Delhi had a grey Christmas today under a thick cover of haze which brought down visibility even as volume of pollutants spiked, keeping air quality in the 'very poor' category.

The AQI was recorded at 372, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category. It was dangerously close to the 400 mark, which is under the ‘severe’ category.

Children, pregnant women, elderly and people with respiratory problems suffer the most due to it, says S.P. Byotra.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shailesh Singh V/s. Hotel Jaypee Vasant, New Delhi & Others dated 22/12/2017 regarding extraction of grounwater by hotels in Delhi. It is stated on behalf of the hotels that all the hotels hold permissions for extraction of ground water granted by the concerned competent authorities as per the extant guidelines and reports of the joint inspections are also on record. NGT directs for issuance of revised guidelines.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rajinder Singh & Others Vs. State of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 21/12/2017 regarding revival of pond situated in Village Asalatpur Khadar in Janakpuri Najafgarh Tehsil in South West District of Delhi. NGT directs Secretary State of NCT of Delhi and Chief Engineer, Public Works Department to pass appropriate orders for revival of the pond.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of D.S. Kauntae Vs. Delhi Institute of Fire Engineering & Others dated 21/12/2017 regarding the institute of fire engineering located at Dwarka, Delhi posing threat of environmental pollution on account of their fire fighting activities and storage of hazardous substances. Delhi Pollution Control Committee shall look into the matter within a month and take action in accordance with law.

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Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed & Ors. Vs. State of NCT of Delhi & Ors. dated 20/12/2017 regarding demarcation of the Ridge forest land.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ojasvi Party Vs. State of Delhi dated 20/12/2017 regarding blood of slaughtered animals flowing directly into the river Yamuna. Court directs that no blood of slaughtered animals shall be allowed to flow directly into the river Yamuna as it clearly violates the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndromes at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).

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