Just as we were wondering if all the safety measures announced since the fatal gangrape of a 23-year-old two years ago have made the Capital any safer for women, horror played out on Delhi’s roads yet again. DCP hails cab to find Uber’s office
The foul air from the seven million vehicles on Delhi's roads is leading to overcrowding in the intensive care units of city hospitals.
For a few years now, the authorities at Medicine Hat, a small Canadian town, have been doing what most civic agencies would have dismissed as outright foolish. They offered the town’s homeless furnished flats for free, The Economist reported last week.
Two years on, ‘has the horrific fatal gang rape of a physiotherapy student in a city bus changed anything for Delhi’s women’ remains an oft-debated question. But even the most cynical would agree that this one tragedy shook us up.
It came as a pleasant surprise when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign on Gandhi Jayanti a little over a month ago, getting everyone from cabinet ministers to government officials and sundry politicians to pledge to keep their surroundings clean.
Delhi’s air pollution is more than a set of mind-boggling data for those with respiratory ailments or who have a family member suffering from one. On chilly mornings, you wake up gasping for breath.
Our own Delhi can’t beat New York in terms of tourist traffic but gets its fair share. Last year, the capital got 2.3 million tourists, which was 11.5% of the total volume India attracted.
It is not unusual for people from the Northeast, Ladakh, and even Delhi’s Manju ka Tila to be asked if they are Chinese/Japanese or if they need a passport to get here. Workmates, landlords and neighbours are often intolerant towards their lifestyle preferences.
Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel feat made us proud. Our very own Dilliwallah operating from a small office in Kalkaji is now one of the world’s most feted figures. His Twitter followers grew by 4,300 in just 90 minutes of the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
With rising incomes, Delhiites are not only consuming more. They are also discarding more. The city generates 9,000 tonnes of garbage every day and the 2,500-odd community bins are already overflowing. By 2021, the city’s daily garbage load will touch 15,000 tonnes.
For those who thought Delhi’s Ramlilas were all about bad wigs, gaudy make-up and overthe-top acting, here is a bit of hearty film trivia. Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was born and raised in Delhi, got his first acting break at his neighbourhood Ramlila.
Each time an international leader comes visiting, security concerns turn Delhi into a garrison town, ruling out any popular participation.
From cleaning roads, drains, toilets and parks, picking construction waste from the streets to removing encroachments and fixing streetlights, road signs and street furniture, Delhi's civic agencies will launch the Clean India Week starting September 25.
In a city starved of affordable housing, being allotted a DDA flat in the Capital is nothing short of winning a lottery. If you are lucky to make it in the draw, you get a Delhi address at half the market rate.
The streets may be looking a little less congested and more orderly but the absence of e-rickshaws has hit lakhs of low-budget travellers hard.