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Alderman vote bid halts third attempt to elect MCD mayor

At the heart of Monday’s controversy was the decision by the presiding officer, Satya Sharma, to allow nominated members, known as aldermen, to vote in the election for the mayor.

BJP councillors raise slogans in the MCD House meeting on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
BJP councillors raise slogans in the MCD House meeting on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 04:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

MCD mayor poll: Key decisions may be taken by special officer

The immediate challenge before the municipality is to clear annual budget proposals worth more than ₹16,000 crore and publish tax rates for the 2023-24 financial year by February 15

Presiding officer Satya Sharma at civic centre in New Delhi on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Presiding officer Satya Sharma at civic centre in New Delhi on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 11:32 PM IST

Sarojini Nagar market to be spruced up for G20

The NDMC secretary held a joint meeting with market associations of the area last week and a committee has been constituted to take up the developmental work, which will start this month

According to traders, Sarojini Nagar sees 40,000-50,000 visitors every day and the numbers rise significantly during weekends and festivals. (ANI)
According to traders, Sarojini Nagar sees 40,000-50,000 visitors every day and the numbers rise significantly during weekends and festivals. (ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:48 PM IST
By, New Delhi

LG, Dy CM tussle over appointing principals

The LG’s office criticised DoE for its “apathy and inaction” in its failure to fill the vacant posts, seemingly opening up a new source of friction in the ongoing tussle between Saxena and the ruling AAP

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also holds the education portfolio in the AAP government. (PTI)
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also holds the education portfolio in the AAP government. (PTI)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 12:08 AM IST

G20 revamp: Manish Sisodia asks Centre for funds

Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio in the state government, said it would not be an easy task for the Delhi government to spend additional money for G20 preparations from its “limited regular resources”

In his letter, the deputy chief minister stated that various departments of the Delhi government have formulated an outline for events related to infrastructure development. (PTI)
In his letter, the deputy chief minister stated that various departments of the Delhi government have formulated an outline for events related to infrastructure development. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 02:08 AM IST

Shaheedi Park at ITO to open by March 23

The park, being redeveloped by the municipal corporation of Delhi (MCD) at a cost of ₹16.5 crore, was earlier scheduled to be completed by Republic Day

The civic body also plans to revive the defunct water channels in the park, and develop a food court on its premises. (HT PHOTO)
The civic body also plans to revive the defunct water channels in the park, and develop a food court on its premises. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:11 AM IST

Delhi LG nod to Manish Sisodia’s US trip, but terms apply

A senior Raj Niwas official said while approving the proposal, the LG has highlighted a “contradiction” in the file regarding the funding for the trip.

Delhi LG nod to Sisodia’s US trip, but terms apply
Delhi LG nod to Sisodia’s US trip, but terms apply
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 02:10 AM IST

Delhi LG clears Manish Sisodia’s visit to US, spotlights a ‘contradiction’

Delhi LG VK Saxena’s approval to Manish Sisodia’s visit to address a convention in Portland city on March 24 comes amid a bitter back-and-forth between Raj Niwas and the city’s elected government over sending teachers to Finland for training

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia have been sharply critical of Delhi LG VK Saxena holding back his approval to a plan to send government school teachers to Finland for training. (ANI FILE)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia have been sharply critical of Delhi LG VK Saxena holding back his approval to a plan to send government school teachers to Finland for training. (ANI FILE)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 02:11 AM IST

Delhi civic body to integrate its RFID toll collection system with FASTag

Delhi has 124 border entry points where toll tax is levied, and the toll, along with an environment compensation cess (ECC) is collected using the RFID system at 13 major points used by 80-85% of all commercial vehicles entering the city.

A pilot project for the new setups will be undertaken at Kundli border at east Delhi. (HT Archive)
A pilot project for the new setups will be undertaken at Kundli border at east Delhi. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:06 AM IST

GK-2 M-block park to be developed as G-20 commemoration park

The park features three entry pathways all of which will be covered into Pagola shaped corridors leading up to the central point.

The municipal park with an area of over 13,000 square meter area is located right next to the popular market along the W-block road. (HT Photo)
The municipal park with an area of over 13,000 square meter area is located right next to the popular market along the W-block road. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 12:05 AM IST

Finland plan not yet passed due to dirty politics, says CM Kejriwal

The teachers’ training trip to Finland has emerged as the latest flashpoint between the AAP government and LG. While the state government has maintained that the LG office has deliberately delayed approval to the file that was first sent in October, the LG has said that he has not rejected the proposal and his aim was not to obstruct.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 06:02 PM IST

Sisodia again appeals to LG to clear teachers’ training programme in Finland

Sisodia called it a matter of sadness that Saxena is creating hurdles in the government’s attempt to improve the education sector

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (HT PHOTO)
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 04:40 PM IST

MCD House meet on Feb 6, spotlight on mayoral polls

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the AAP welcomes the announcement. “MCD elections were won by the AAP but the BJP is playing tricks to prevent an AAP mayor from being elected. We hope that while respecting the Constitution and democratic norms, the BJP will allow the mayoral elections on February 6,” he said

This will be the third attempt to elect the Mayor as the first two on January 6 and January 24 ended in chaos. (Raj K Raj/ HT)
This will be the third attempt to elect the Mayor as the first two on January 6 and January 24 ended in chaos. (Raj K Raj/ HT)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 11:49 PM IST

Budget has done injustice to Delhi, says CM Kejriwal

Kejriwal said the budget presented by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman does not have any concrete plan for tackling unemployment and inflation, while at the same time allocations for education and health sectors have been reduced

New Delhi, India - Jan. 30, 2023: Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi addressing during the inauguration and flag off of Real Time Source Apportionment Study's Supersite and Mobile Van at SBV Rouse Avenue School in New Delhi, India, on Monday, January 30, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Jan. 30, 2023: Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi addressing during the inauguration and flag off of Real Time Source Apportionment Study's Supersite and Mobile Van at SBV Rouse Avenue School in New Delhi, India, on Monday, January 30, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 11:54 PM IST

Union Budget unjust to Delhi: Kejriwal

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Union Budget does not have any concrete plan for tackling unemployment and inflation

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 04:25 PM IST

MCD officials to present Budget to special officer

Nearly two months after the municipal polls, the new councillors are yet to elect a mayor and deputy mayor

A senior MCD official said the body’s finance department will make a budget presentation on Wednesday at 11am before special officer Ashwini Kumar. (HT Archive)
A senior MCD official said the body’s finance department will make a budget presentation on Wednesday at 11am before special officer Ashwini Kumar. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 12:02 AM IST

MCD proposes next House meeting on February 10

Delhi government officials however have suggested earlier dates for the meeting -- February 3, 4 or 6. Lieutenant governor VK Saxena will have the final say on the matter, the officials said.

The first MCD House meeting on January 6 ended in pandemonium. The second meeting on January 24 also ended in a ruckus. (HT photo)
The first MCD House meeting on January 6 ended in pandemonium. The second meeting on January 24 also ended in a ruckus. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:23 AM IST

Give 1,300 mgd water to Delhi, CM urges Centre

Since it is located in a semi-arid zone, Delhi depends on raw water from the Ganga basin, the Yamuna sub-basin, and the Indus basin, in addition to its own internal aquifers and groundwater resources

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates an 11 million litre capacity underground water reservoir (UGR) and booster pumping station at Patparganj in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates an 11 million litre capacity underground water reservoir (UGR) and booster pumping station at Patparganj in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 06:12 AM IST

E-scooter sharing system to take off from Dwarka: Kejriwal

Commuters will be able to travel in Metro trains, buses and e-scooters using integrated tickets, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 05:02 AM IST

Delhi LG-led panel fixes timelines for cleaning Yamuna river

The committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in January 2022 to clean up the Yamuna River has now issued a time-bound action plan under 15 parameters to achieve its objective

The committee has also decided that it will meet every alternate week under the chief secretary while a meeting chaired by the LG will be held every fortnight. (PTI)
The committee has also decided that it will meet every alternate week under the chief secretary while a meeting chaired by the LG will be held every fortnight. (PTI)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 11:04 PM IST

Two MCD hospitals set for Rs15 crore facelift

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which operates the Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital, has invited bids for development works worth ₹15 crore to rejuvenate both healthcare centres

Parts of both MCD hospitals -- Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital -- built before Independence, had collapsed last year. (HT Photo)
Parts of both MCD hospitals -- Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital -- built before Independence, had collapsed last year. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Decentralise ops to process waste in Delhi, says IIM-A report

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM, Ahmedabad), in a report submitted to the Delhi government, has highlighted the solid waste management system in the Capital while making a number of recommendations to improve the city’s abysmal performance on sanitation parameters

The report says that one of the reasons for Delhi’s poor ranking is that the city generates more than 11,000 tonnes of garbage every day, but has a processing capacity of only 7,550 tonnes a day. (AP)
The report says that one of the reasons for Delhi’s poor ranking is that the city generates more than 11,000 tonnes of garbage every day, but has a processing capacity of only 7,550 tonnes a day. (AP)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 01:54 AM IST

Stalemate over Delhi mayoral polls may lead to bigger MCD crisis

If the stalemate continues beyond February 15, the House will not be able to pass the civic Budget, and if it continues beyond February 24, the councillors may face disqualification.

AAP and BJP Delhi councillors shout slogans during the oath ceremony at the MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi on January 24. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
AAP and BJP Delhi councillors shout slogans during the oath ceremony at the MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi on January 24. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 11:53 AM IST

RWAs slam lag in civic governance, call for urgent end to MCD conflict

The results for the MCD elections were announced on December 7 last year. Since then the civic body House has met twice but was not able to conclude the elections to posts of Mayor, deputy mayor and the Standing Committee.

AAP and BJP Delhi councillors shout slogans at the MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
AAP and BJP Delhi councillors shout slogans at the MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 01:46 AM IST

With mayoral polls delayed, spl officer to continue, new dates to be sought from LG office

Municipal officials said the process will have to be initiated from the scratch with a proposal being moved to the LG office via the Delhi government’s urban development department.

The MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi. (File)
The MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi. (File)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:37 AM IST

Delhi mayoral polls delayed again after ruckus in the House

Session was thrown off track in just the final half-hour as BJP members swarmed the well of the House, raising slogans just as functionaries were preparing to conduct the mayoral election

AAP and BJP Delhi councilors shout slogans during the oath ceremony and election of mayor and deputy mayor at the MCD Civic Centre, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
AAP and BJP Delhi councilors shout slogans during the oath ceremony and election of mayor and deputy mayor at the MCD Civic Centre, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chaos derails MCD mayoral poll again

Elections for Delhi’s mayor and deputy mayor were stalled for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday as ruckus broke out in the civic house minutes after the nominated members and councillors were sworn in, sparking a verbal battle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Chaos derails MCD mayoral poll again
Chaos derails MCD mayoral poll again
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 01:38 AM IST
ByParas Singh and Alok KN Mishra, New Delhi

Elevated link likely from Tughlaqabad to Outer Ring Road

Once approved, the project is likely to benefit commuters passing through Kalakji, Govindpuri, Tughlaqabad, Okhla, and nearby areas.

Representational Image
Representational Image
Published on Jan 21, 2023 07:59 AM IST

‘Feudal mind’: Sisodia says file for teachers’ training abroad sent to LG again

Manish Sisodia said the elite class of our country wants to send their own children abroad for best education but they strongly object and seek cost benefit analysis when teachers teaching the poor children are proposed to be sent abroad for training

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (PTI)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 05:26 PM IST

Chaos likely at MCD meet as tussle goes on

Senior civic officials on Thursday confirmed that Satya Sharma, who was nominated by the lieutenant governor, will preside over the January 26 meeting as well

Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party councillors raise slogans as they leave after the MCD house was adjourned on January 6. (ANI)
Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party councillors raise slogans as they leave after the MCD house was adjourned on January 6. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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