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Delhi civic bodies say they spent 11,750 crore on sanitation over last 5 years

The data submitted by the respective departments of environment management services (sanitation departments) claims that the South MCD spent 6,284.6 crore, the North MCD spent 4,998.12 crore, while the East corporation spent 476.6 crore on refuse removal, cleaning of drains and other cleaning operations from 2016-17 to 2020-21
Of the 48 assessed urban local bodies in Swachh Survekshan 2021, two of the three municipal corporations in Delhi finished in the bottom 10. The rankings declared in November last year show that the East MCD ranked 40th, South MCD 31st and North MCD 45th--fourth-last from the bottom. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Of the 48 assessed urban local bodies in Swachh Survekshan 2021, two of the three municipal corporations in Delhi finished in the bottom 10. The rankings declared in November last year show that the East MCD ranked 40th, South MCD 31st and North MCD 45th--fourth-last from the bottom. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 12:06 AM IST
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Unusual winter trend: Delhi sees 7 dengue cases last week

Public health experts said the corporations should ensure anti-mosquito drives are not limited to the post monsoon period.
An MCD worker fumigating an area. Delhi recorded 9,613 dengue cases and 23 fatalities in 2021, making it the second worst annual outbreak on record. (HT Archive)
An MCD worker fumigating an area. Delhi recorded 9,613 dengue cases and 23 fatalities in 2021, making it the second worst annual outbreak on record. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 03:51 AM IST
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Excessive groundwater extraction causing parts of Delhi-NCR to sink: Study

Around 100 sq km of area in the national capital region has high risk of ground displacement, with the largest of these, of around 12.5 sq km, is in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera, barely 800m away from the airport, researchers have found using satellite data.
A widespread global problem, land subsidence occurs when large amounts of groundwater are withdrawn from some types of rocks and underground soil. (Picture for representation only/HT)
A widespread global problem, land subsidence occurs when large amounts of groundwater are withdrawn from some types of rocks and underground soil. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 06:40 AM IST
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Delhi’s south civic body orders merger, closure of 29 primary schools

In an order issued by the SDMC education department on Thursday, the additional director (education) stated that the municipal commissioner has accorded administrative approval for merging five schools in central zone, one in South zone, 15 in West zone and eight in Najafgarh zone
The merger will be operationalised from April 1, 2022, on commencement of the new academic session, and the zonal directors have been asked to submit proposals for transfer of principals, special educators, teachers, school attendants and other staff members who will be rendered surplus after the merger. (Representational image/AP File)
The merger will be operationalised from April 1, 2022, on commencement of the new academic session, and the zonal directors have been asked to submit proposals for transfer of principals, special educators, teachers, school attendants and other staff members who will be rendered surplus after the merger. (Representational image/AP File)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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Delhi: To tackle dengue, MCDs explore an unlikely ally - bacteria

The key to fighting outbreaks of dengue – an annual public health problem for Delhi – may lie in a bacterium found in large swathes of the world’s insect population
Delhi recorded 9,613 dengue cases and 23 fatalities due to the infection last year. (HT Archive)
Delhi recorded 9,613 dengue cases and 23 fatalities due to the infection last year. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 05:55 AM IST
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Budget: North MCD holds off on fresh taxes, keeps provisions to increase parking

Standing committee chairman Jogi Ram Jain said the civic body will take measures to boost the public health infrastructure in light of the Covid pandemic, and added that no new taxes will be imposed. He also said that the civic body will create parking space for 13.500 cars in the next two years
None of the three civic bodies are expected to levy any new tax since Delhi is due for municipal polls in April this year. (Picture for representation only)
None of the three civic bodies are expected to levy any new tax since Delhi is due for municipal polls in April this year. (Picture for representation only)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 01:04 AM IST
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Delhi: SDMC, ITO graveyard admin at odds over space crunch

The graveyard management said that it had to turn away two bodies last week, and send them to the facility at north-west Delhi’s Mangolpuri on the city’s outskirts. This has triggered a tussle with SDMC
1,350 bodies have been laid to rest in the Covid section of the ITO graveyard in the last two years, an official said. (ANI)
1,350 bodies have been laid to rest in the Covid section of the ITO graveyard in the last two years, an official said. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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Waste-to-art: How Delhi has emerged as a centre of unusual theme parks

  • The idea came from a movie scene (Badrinath Ki Dulhania), and has, over the last five years, grown into several multi-crore theme park projects
Bharat Darshan Park: Fuelled by an overwhelming response and financial incentives to the Wonder Park, the South MCD decided to set up a similar, but much larger, project in 8.5-acre plot park located in Punjabi Bagh(ANI File)
Bharat Darshan Park: Fuelled by an overwhelming response and financial incentives to the Wonder Park, the South MCD decided to set up a similar, but much larger, project in 8.5-acre plot park located in Punjabi Bagh(ANI File)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 02:22 PM IST
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Delhi’s TB hospital to get Covid centre amid government probe

On Monday, the Covid beds availability portal run by the Delhi government displayed that there were 50 beds available in the hospital, but no patients were admitted there
Delhi PWD minister Satyendar Jain on January 1 ordered an inquiry into the allegations that the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis was operating out of a damaged premises, which has already been declared dangerous. (HT Archive)
Delhi PWD minister Satyendar Jain on January 1 ordered an inquiry into the allegations that the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis was operating out of a damaged premises, which has already been declared dangerous. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Concern as Delhi adds 8 dengue infections — rare for Jan 1st week

The data over the last five years shows that the number of dengue cases in the first week of January has been zero in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Municipal workers fumigating an area against dengue in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Archive)
Municipal workers fumigating an area against dengue in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Archive)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi RWAs seek details on Covid cases, containment zones;say contact tracing not being done

On Monday, the national capital reported 19,166 new cases of Covid-19 — after conducting 766,70 tests — and 17 deaths. The positivity rate — the rate of samples that test positive from among the total tested — is now 25%, according to the Delhi government’s daily health bulletin
A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample of a man for the Covid-19 test amid a surge in Covid-19 and Omicron cases, in New Delhi on Monday. (AN)
A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample of a man for the Covid-19 test amid a surge in Covid-19 and Omicron cases, in New Delhi on Monday. (AN)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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BySweta Goswami and Paras Singh

Biomedical waste a concern amid soaring Covid-19 cases

  • Concerns over the mixing of contaminated waste and general municipal waste, as well as the lack of safety equipment among sanitation workers continue to remain a key concern among unions and organisations working with informal waste pickers.
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines, biomedical waste is to be disposed off in yellow bags meant for incineration at a common biomedical waste treatment facility (CBWTF). As are items in contact with Covid-19 patients. This waste is either taken to a CBWTF or a waste-to-energy plant, where it is either incinerated, autoclaved or burnt to produce energy. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines, biomedical waste is to be disposed off in yellow bags meant for incineration at a common biomedical waste treatment facility (CBWTF). As are items in contact with Covid-19 patients. This waste is either taken to a CBWTF or a waste-to-energy plant, where it is either incinerated, autoclaved or burnt to produce energy. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 05:46 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Explained: Delhi's struggle with stray dog bites

  • The national capital has had a chequered history of tackling the stray dog population
The World Health Organisation estimates that 36% of the world’s rabies deaths occur in India each year(HT PHOTO)
The World Health Organisation estimates that 36% of the world’s rabies deaths occur in India each year(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 01:12 PM IST
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Resident doctors of Delhi’s largest municipal hospital threaten strike

In the strike notice submitted to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday, the Hindu Rao RDA has stated that salaries for the last 83 days is currently pending and if funds are not released by January 15, doctors will withdraw from services
The doctors at the Hindu Rao Hospital had last announced a strike over salary delays in November 2021, but they later withdrew the strike on being assured timely payments. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The doctors at the Hindu Rao Hospital had last announced a strike over salary delays in November 2021, but they later withdrew the strike on being assured timely payments. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Funeral homes detail plans to ease last rites

A senior North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said they have designed a new standard operating procedure (SOP) in view of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The order said that all Covid cremations should preferably be carried out in CNG furnaces.(Amal KS/HT file photo)
The order said that all Covid cremations should preferably be carried out in CNG furnaces.(Amal KS/HT file photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 05:27 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s east civic body panel rejects all tax hike proposals by commissioner

EDMC to start projects to upgrade municipal schools to tackle high enrolment, focus on PPP projects, develop waste to art park, technology park for waste handling
Bir Singh Panwar, the EDMC standing committee chairman, listed several welfare schemes for the next financial year including a 25% or <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25,000 subsidy for the installation of composting plants or a waste processing unit by residential bulk waste generators, phasing out of garbage receptacle points by installing 38 fixed compactors (Representational image/HT Archive)
Bir Singh Panwar, the EDMC standing committee chairman, listed several welfare schemes for the next financial year including a 25% or 25,000 subsidy for the installation of composting plants or a waste processing unit by residential bulk waste generators, phasing out of garbage receptacle points by installing 38 fixed compactors (Representational image/HT Archive)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 03:20 AM IST
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As strike continues, SDMC asks new contractors to register themselves

The SDMC contractors’ union has been on strike since November 2021 over the non-payment of dues for the past three years. With municipal elections approaching, the pressure from municipal councillors to showcase development works is growing in the executive wing.
Contracts association says that threats of debarment/blacklisting are being issued to protesting contractors.(Representative image)
Contracts association says that threats of debarment/blacklisting are being issued to protesting contractors.(Representative image)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 06:39 AM IST
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Chandni Chowk parking project: Delhi north civic body recovers additional 41.27 crore

Deadline to complete parking project by June 2022. The project aims to provide parking space for 2,100 vehicles and 80 tourist buses besides developing a large commercial complex with modern amenities in the walled city.
The large-scale addition of parking space will help in decongestion of the Chandni Chowk commercial area while acting as a major revenue source for the corporation. (HT Archive)
The large-scale addition of parking space will help in decongestion of the Chandni Chowk commercial area while acting as a major revenue source for the corporation. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 11:35 PM IST
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12k visit Bharat Darshan Park on New Year's weekend

Ticket sales over 15 lakh in first two days of year, SDMC plans to recover input cost in first year of operations
Bharat Darshan Park’s daily ticket sales data shows that there were 6,307 visitors on Saturday and 5,276 visitors on Sunday. The park was inaugurated by Union home minister Amit Shah on December 25, 2021. (ANI File)
Bharat Darshan Park’s daily ticket sales data shows that there were 6,307 visitors on Saturday and 5,276 visitors on Sunday. The park was inaugurated by Union home minister Amit Shah on December 25, 2021. (ANI File)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 06:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: With the second-highest dengue infections in 2021, the gaps and lapses

  • Some reasons for the surge: Erratic monsoons, a more virulent strain, legal changes that have made it mandatory to report all cases and lethargy in the official response 
Early during the dengue outbreak, Delhi confirmed the presence of the more dangerous Type II strain being in circulation in the city(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo/Representative Photo)
Early during the dengue outbreak, Delhi confirmed the presence of the more dangerous Type II strain being in circulation in the city(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo/Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 03:19 PM IST
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No monkey business: Delhi Cantonment asks people to refrain from feeding simians

The Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) issued an order recently stating that people feeding monkeys near human habitation will be fined
None of the Capital’s other four local bodies has restrictions on feeding monkeys. (File photo)
None of the Capital’s other four local bodies has restrictions on feeding monkeys. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: North civic body seals four liquor outlets over ‘violation’

The latest action taken report released by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday shows that four more liquor shops have been sealed by the civic body citing violations related to unified building bye-laws and illegal constructions
From last month, the BJP led municipal bodies are carrying out verification drives to check for violations at the liquor shops that have been opened after the Delhi government rolled out its new excise policy on November 17 last year. (Representative photo/HT archive)
From last month, the BJP led municipal bodies are carrying out verification drives to check for violations at the liquor shops that have been opened after the Delhi government rolled out its new excise policy on November 17 last year. (Representative photo/HT archive)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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Delhi Cantt board to fine people feeding monkeys

Till now, no such restriction on feeding the simians has been imposed by any of the other four local bodies of the city. On Thursday, Singh confirmed to HT that the order has been issued and fines up to 5000 can be issued
Having relocated more than 21,000 monkeys to Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary over the last decade, Delhi still does not have any official count of monkeys in open areas or sanctuaries. (Representational image/PTI File)
Having relocated more than 21,000 monkeys to Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary over the last decade, Delhi still does not have any official count of monkeys in open areas or sanctuaries. (Representational image/PTI File)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 02:48 AM IST
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Delhi’s North civic body turns vacant dhalaos into gardens, libraries

Jogi Ram Jain, the standing committee chairman of the North Corporation, said that under the policy, the closed dhalao sites will now be re-utilised for creating mini public libraries, recreation halls for senior citizens and charitable dispensaries.
The municipal body has, so far, closed 246 dhalaos, and will shut down 100 more soon. Since the space required to store municipal waste is drastically reduced due to compaction, each compactor is able to replace three or four dhalaos. (Representational image/HT Archive)
The municipal body has, so far, closed 246 dhalaos, and will shut down 100 more soon. Since the space required to store municipal waste is drastically reduced due to compaction, each compactor is able to replace three or four dhalaos. (Representational image/HT Archive)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 11:52 PM IST
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Delhi: Civic bodies to suggest increasing fines for mosquito breeding spots

The municipal corporations will suggest increasing the fine from 500 to 5,000, and request amendments to the building bylaws to ensure “mosquito-proof” structures
The Delhi high court on Friday directed all civic bodies to constitute a task force headed by their commissioners to take steps to prevent the city from “being infested by mosquitoes”. (Picture for representation only/HT)
The Delhi high court on Friday directed all civic bodies to constitute a task force headed by their commissioners to take steps to prevent the city from “being infested by mosquitoes”. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 03:12 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Six more dengue deaths in Delhi take annual toll to 23, highest since 2015

Delhi witnessed just one death in 2020, two in 2019, four in 2018 and 10 deaths each in 2017 and 2016. Of the 23 persons who died this year, 15 were minors
Delhi reported the maximum fatalities and cases of the disease in 2015, when 60 people died of dengue and 15,687 got infected. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Delhi reported the maximum fatalities and cases of the disease in 2015, when 60 people died of dengue and 15,687 got infected. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 03:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: North MCD ropes in private consultant to improve Swachh ranking

In the 2021 Swachh Survekshan list, North MCD ranked 45 among the 48 local bodies in the country with over one million population
Among Delhi’s local bodies, the North MCD was assessed to be the worst performing corporation in the last sanitation survey. (Picture for representation only/PTI)
Among Delhi’s local bodies, the North MCD was assessed to be the worst performing corporation in the last sanitation survey. (Picture for representation only/PTI)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 03:09 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As Covid cases rise, Delhi civic bodies start ramping up health care facilities

The city’s three civic bodies have started preparing their health care facilities in view of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus, adding oxygen-equipped and intensive care unit (ICU) beds at designated Covid centres
A health worker collects a swab sample for a Covid test in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A health worker collects a swab sample for a Covid test in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 02:53 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why does Delhi continue to operate on a 45-year-old drainage master plan?

Delhi has witnessed a series of flooding episodes during this year with the highest annual precipitation on record being observed since 1933
A report prepared by the PWD states that the drainage system of Delhi can only cater to 50mm of rainfall in a day, and anything more than that overwhelms the system. (ANI)
A report prepared by the PWD states that the drainage system of Delhi can only cater to 50mm of rainfall in a day, and anything more than that overwhelms the system. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 01:42 PM IST
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MCDs tussle: North seeks rent from South corp for using HQ

Senior North MCD officials aware of the matter said that its south counterpart owes 2,457 crore rent till 2020, and if the rent for the current year is accounted for, the total due are 2,837 crore
Jogi Ram Jain, the chairman of the North MCD standing committee, said that both the committee and the commissioner have written to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to pay the rent soon, so that it could be “added to budget under the head of income”. (Source: Twitter)
Jogi Ram Jain, the chairman of the North MCD standing committee, said that both the committee and the commissioner have written to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to pay the rent soon, so that it could be “added to budget under the head of income”. (Source: Twitter)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 03:27 AM IST
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