Kartik Kumar

Kartik Kumar is a correspondent with the Hindustan Times and has covered beats such as crime, transport, health and consumer courts. Kartik currently covers municipal corporation, Delhi Metro and Rapid Metro.

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Gurugram civic body to repair shoddy community centres

MCG officials said they started surveying the community centres in January and completed the process earlier this month
The MCG owns and operates a community centre in each residential sector under its jurisdiction in Gurugram except in 16 areas located near Dwarka Expressway and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) that it took over in 2020. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The MCG owns and operates a community centre in each residential sector under its jurisdiction in Gurugram except in 16 areas located near Dwarka Expressway and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) that it took over in 2020. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 27, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Will educate locals near Panchgaon Chowk on traffic rules, say Gurugram cops

The Gurugram traffic police will hold a meeting with the people residing near Panchgaon Chowk on National Highway 48 (NH-48) — which is considered one of the most unsafe stretches in the city — next week to discuss and spread awareness on how to avoid road accidents, and also urge them to not drive on the wrong side, said the officials on Thursday
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Published on May 26, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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MCG renames Vatika Chowk to Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk

Gurugram: Continuing with its trend of renaming important junctions and stretches in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has now officially changed the name of Vatika Chowk on Sohna Road to Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk
Gurugram, India - May 22: Municipal Corporation Gurugram (MCG) placed a board at Vatika City Chowk renaming it as Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk on Gurugram-Sohna Road near Badshahpur village, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday, 22 May 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India - May 22: Municipal Corporation Gurugram (MCG) placed a board at Vatika City Chowk renaming it as Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk on Gurugram-Sohna Road near Badshahpur village, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday, 22 May 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 22, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Special drive to curb underage driving starts across city, say traffic police

Gurugram: The Gurugram traffic police on Friday launched a three-day drive to keep a check on underage driving across the city, said the officials
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Published on May 21, 2022 04:28 AM IST
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Stalling a file will to lead to suspension, Haryana ULB minister warns officials

State urban local bodies (ULB) minister Kamal Gupta on Friday said any official, who repeatedly raises objections to a file, will be suspended with immediate effect--three days after an ugly spat broke out between MCG’s chief engineer T L Sharma and a councillor of ward 13 at the municipal corporation’s office at Sector 34 and councillors congregated a day later to discuss the future course of action against the official
Stalling a file will to lead to suspension, Haryana ULB minister warns officials
Stalling a file will to lead to suspension, Haryana ULB minister warns officials
Published on May 21, 2022 04:23 AM IST
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Traffic police to start trial at Kherki Daula toll plaza next week

Gurugram: The Gurugram traffic police next week will start a three-day trial, starting May 28, at Kherki Daula toll plaza, in which the design of an existing U-turn — around 50m before the plaza — on the Gurugram side of National Highway 48 (NH-48) will be altered, said the officials on Thursday
Gurugram, India - May 19, 2022: A view of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Gurugram traffic police will start a three-day trial next week at Kherki Daula toll plaza where the design of an existing U-turn will be altered on NH 48. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **To go with Kartik’s story** (Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India - May 19, 2022: A view of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Gurugram traffic police will start a three-day trial next week at Kherki Daula toll plaza where the design of an existing U-turn will be altered on NH 48. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **To go with Kartik’s story** (Hindustan Times)
Published on May 20, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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1,455 fined in seven days for violating traffic rules; special drive continues

Gurugram: The Gurugram traffic police has fined 1,455 people — 1,195 for driving on the wrong side, and 260 for violating lane driving rules — during two road safety drives in one week, said the officials on Thursday
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Published on May 19, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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No fatalities for a year, Hero Honda Chowk out of ‘black spot’ list

The road safety measures implemented by the Gurugram traffic police, in association with non-governmental organisation (NGO) Trax, by March last year included redesigning pedestrian islands, installing rumble strips, bollards, and painting zebra crossings at various points along the Hero Honda Chowk
A black spot is a place on a road, which is considered to be dangerous because several accidents have happened there. (VIPIN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
A black spot is a place on a road, which is considered to be dangerous because several accidents have happened there. (VIPIN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 19, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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Mayor, councillors to approach Haryana CM for action against MCG chief engineer

Mayor Madhu Azad and all 35 councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) met on Wednesday to discuss a spat that ensued between the MCG chief engineer and a councillor on Tuesday
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Published on May 19, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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Chief engineer, councillor fight in Municipal Corporation of Gurugram office; cases registered

The chief engineer of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and a ward councillor were allegedly embroiled in an ugly spat at the MCG’s Sector 34 office on Tuesday afternoon
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Published on May 18, 2022 12:09 AM IST
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MCG sets target of planting 500k shrubs, 50,000 saplings this monsoon

Trees and shrubs having a high survival rate in the region will be planted in areas where treated water is readily available and at locations where large tracts of vacant land are available
Last year, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram planted 31,059 saplings and 1,93,523 shrubs. (Representative photo)
Last year, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram planted 31,059 saplings and 1,93,523 shrubs. (Representative photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 11:43 PM IST
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Municipal Corporation of Manesar to rejuvenate ponds in city, say officials

The MCM will use the Nawada pond revival project as a model to rejuvenate other ponds in Manesar, said the officials, adding that a pond in Kasan village is likely to be revived next
This pond in Nawada village is being rejuvenated at a cost of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>19 lakh, say officials. (SOURCED/MCM)
This pond in Nawada village is being rejuvenated at a cost of around 19 lakh, say officials. (SOURCED/MCM)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:03 AM IST
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432 fined in two days for driving on wrong side in Gurugram, say traffic police

Around 15% of the road fatalities in the city happen due to wrong-way driving, according to the traffic police officials
Out of the total 432 fines issued for wrong-way driving in two days, 255 were issued on Friday and 177 on Saturday. The traffic police will tabulate such cases for Sunday on Monday, said the officials. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Out of the total 432 fines issued for wrong-way driving in two days, 255 were issued on Friday and 177 on Saturday. The traffic police will tabulate such cases for Sunday on Monday, said the officials. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 16, 2022 04:38 PM IST
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Gurugram: Curbs on vehicle speed from June onwards to reduce accidents

At present, only three stretches — Golf Course Road, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road — have speed interceptors.
A speed limit sign at Civil Line Road in Gurugram on Friday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A speed limit sign at Civil Line Road in Gurugram on Friday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2022 05:20 AM IST
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Gurugram: Two trucks collide, affect traffic on both carriageways of NH 48

“It took me nearly 25 minutes to cross 3km on NH-48. There was a heavy backlog of vehicles, starting just before Hero Honda Chowk all the way till the accident site,” said Karan Singh, a resident of Manesar.
Gurugram, India-May 12: A truck overturned on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Narsinghpur village near the foot-over bridge, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, 12 May 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Pic to go with Kartik Kumar's Story)
Gurugram, India-May 12: A truck overturned on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Narsinghpur village near the foot-over bridge, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, 12 May 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Pic to go with Kartik Kumar's Story)
Updated on May 13, 2022 12:49 AM IST
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Heatwave alert issued for three days; air quality remains ‘poor’

The maximum temperatures are likely to drop on Saturday and Sunday, depending on a western disturbance advancing towards this region, said the IMD officials
Gurugram on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 41.4°C and a minimum of 26.5°C, said the IMD. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 41.4°C and a minimum of 26.5°C, said the IMD. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 10, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Gurugram civic body takes over nine private developer colonies

Most of these nine colonies were developed near major roads such as Sohna Road, Golf Course Extension Road, and Vikas Marg in the early 2000s
The transferring of the colonies was approved in phases. (HT PHOTO)
The transferring of the colonies was approved in phases. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 10, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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30 Gurugram liquor shops without fire safety nod to be given notice: Officials

Gurugram: The Gurugram fire department has identified at least 30 liquor shops and their warehouses across the city which do not have a valid fire NOC (no objection certificate), said the officials on Thursday
The move comes after a massive fire gutted a liquor shop on Golf Course Road in Gurugram on Monday afternoon. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The move comes after a massive fire gutted a liquor shop on Golf Course Road in Gurugram on Monday afternoon. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 06, 2022 04:38 PM IST
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Ensure compliance of norms: Gurugram DC to toll plaza operators

While reviewing inspections at all the toll plazas, the district administration apprised the committee of many flaws noticed at Ghamroj, such as absence of emergency lanes, lack of signages, toll plaza staff workers not wearing uniform and operating without identity cards
A senior NHAI official, overseeing the operations at the Kherki Daula toll plaza, conceded that lapses such as absence of emergency lanes, lack of firefighting equipment, and lack of cranes were found during a spot inspection by the district administration on April 6. (HT Archive)
A senior NHAI official, overseeing the operations at the Kherki Daula toll plaza, conceded that lapses such as absence of emergency lanes, lack of firefighting equipment, and lack of cranes were found during a spot inspection by the district administration on April 6. (HT Archive)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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MCG house approves renaming of Hero Honda Chowk to Eklavya Chowk

According to MCG officials, the eponymous junction had derived its name from the automobile manufacturing company that opened one of its major manufacturing units nearby in the 1980s
A traffic police personnel wearing anti-air pollution mask, at Hero Honda Chowk, in Gurugram. (Yogendra Kumar/HT FILE PHOTO)
A traffic police personnel wearing anti-air pollution mask, at Hero Honda Chowk, in Gurugram. (Yogendra Kumar/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 04:57 AM IST
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MCG to outsource 16 community centres to pvt players on trial basis

The poor condition of community centres is a major problem across the city, including in upscale areas such as the Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 4, and MG Road
A community centre at Begumpur Khataula in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT photo)
A community centre at Begumpur Khataula in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2022 12:05 AM IST
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Gurugram: Traffic trial near Kherki Daula toll plaza extended by another week

The traffic police on Tuesday extended the trial of the temporary U-turn, which opened around 70 metres before the Kherki Daula toll plaza, for another week till April 25
Traffic marshalls directing vehicles towards the temporary U-turn near Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Traffic marshalls directing vehicles towards the temporary U-turn near Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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Gurugram civic body to complete monsoon prep by June 30

With just over 10 weeks left for the deadline, MCG officials conceded that they were racing against time to complete the requisite measures
In 2020 and 2021, by the time monsoon arrived, only 40-50% of the work had been completed resulting in large parts of the city witnessing heavy water logging. (HT Archive)
In 2020 and 2021, by the time monsoon arrived, only 40-50% of the work had been completed resulting in large parts of the city witnessing heavy water logging. (HT Archive)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 01:32 AM IST
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Gurugram civic body to start recarpeting Sector 28 roads next month

Despite its geographical importance and high real estate value, roads in the sector are riddled with potholes, some of which have not been repaired or recarpeted since the early 2000s
Rama Rathee, the local MCG ward councillor of the area, who took up the issue of recarpeting Sector 28’s roads during an MCG House meeting in December last year. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Rama Rathee, the local MCG ward councillor of the area, who took up the issue of recarpeting Sector 28’s roads during an MCG House meeting in December last year. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:44 AM IST
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MCG’s 1st model road to link key stretches; Work starts in 2 weeks

Besides reducing congestion on GCR and the seven-kilometre long HCC-GCER, the 1.5-kilometre stretch, known as Khatu Shyam Mandir Marg, will also provide an alternative route to St Thomas Marg, a heavily congested arterial road that links Genpact Chowk on GCR with Shaheed Hawaldar Singh Chowk located on HCC-GCER
The Khatu Shyam Mandir Marg, on the GCR end, is located between South Point Mall and Parsvnath Exotica society, and at Dhani Chowk near Ardee Mall on Ambedkar Road on the other. (HT Archive)
The Khatu Shyam Mandir Marg, on the GCR end, is located between South Point Mall and Parsvnath Exotica society, and at Dhani Chowk near Ardee Mall on Ambedkar Road on the other. (HT Archive)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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New U-turn near Shankar Chowk to bring down congestion on Gurugram E-way

  • The nearly 500-metre-long U-turn flyover is used by commuters heading from Cyber City towards Udyog Vihar.
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (HSIIDC) opened a new U-turn on the left-most service lane of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (HSIIDC) opened a new U-turn on the left-most service lane of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 13, 2022 03:03 AM IST
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Ban on single-use plastic in Gurugram from July 1

In February, the Haryana Urban Local Bodies (ULB) issued an order to all municipal corporations across the state to take action against plastic use within their respective jurisdictions
Ban on single-use plastic in Gurugram from July 1
Ban on single-use plastic in Gurugram from July 1
Published on Apr 11, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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Traffic trials planned at three junctions to minimise snarls

The district administration has decided to conduct traffic trials at MDI Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Shankar Chowk in the coming weeks to reduce congestion and make the intersections safer for pedestrians
Gurugram, India -December 26: Vehicles move along the Delhi-Gurugram expressway amid foggy conditions near IFFCO Chowk, in Gurugram, India, on Saturday, 26 December 2020. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India -December 26: Vehicles move along the Delhi-Gurugram expressway amid foggy conditions near IFFCO Chowk, in Gurugram, India, on Saturday, 26 December 2020. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 06:51 AM IST
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Trial to decongest Sirhaul toll plaza on Delhi-Gurgaon e-way planned next month

Congestion has been a constant problem at Sirhaul toll plaza, which is located on the Delhi-Gurugram border, since work for the widening of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway began in 2004.
 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag is mandatory at Delhi-Gurugram Sirhaul toll to go to Delhi.(Yogesh Kumar/HT file photo)
 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag is mandatory at Delhi-Gurugram Sirhaul toll to go to Delhi.(Yogesh Kumar/HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 06:45 AM IST
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Reopening of schools brings back traffic jams in residential areas

A day after schools reopened across the city, traffic congestion was back on the internal roads and residential areas close to educational institutions with residents calling for better traffic management and more personnel to decongest the areas and ensure smooth flow of vehicular movement
Gurugram, India - April. 05, 2022: Traffic congestion outside Salwan Public School at Sector 15, in Gurugram, India, on Tuesday, April 05, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **To go with Leena Dhankar's story** (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India - April. 05, 2022: Traffic congestion outside Salwan Public School at Sector 15, in Gurugram, India, on Tuesday, April 05, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **To go with Leena Dhankar's story** (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 12:15 AM IST
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