Peeyush Khandelwal

Peeyush Khandelwal writes on a range of issues in western Uttar Pradesh – from crime, to development authorities and from infrastructure to transport. Based in Ghaziabad, he has been a journalist for almost a decade.

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Order for recovery proceedings against ineligible ration card holders in Ghaziabad rolled back

The state civil supplies department has rolled back an order issued in April, which required ineligible beneficiaries in Ghaziabad to surrender their ration cards and directed officials to recover the amount for the ration supplied to them, stating that there is no provision of recovering the amount from ineligible card holders
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Published on May 25, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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Delhi Meerut Expressway traffic goes haywire as cops throw open undesignated exit

The traffic police removed the cemented barricades near ABES Engineering College (near Crossings Republik). Police said that they have taken the step to prevent traffic jams which have resulted due to the pending construction of a 16-lane rail-over-bridge (ROB) at Chipiyana
Vehicles pass through a undesignated exit on Delhi Meerut Expressway on Tuesday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Vehicles pass through a undesignated exit on Delhi Meerut Expressway on Tuesday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on May 25, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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Residents urge authorities to stop dumping waste at Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram landfill

The site has been under continuous monitoring of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which had earlier directed agencies in Ghaziabad to clear all the legacy waste at the site, which is adjacent to residential areas
On Tuesday, dozens of vehicles of the Ghaziabad municipal corporation which were laden with solid waste were seen lined up outside the landfill site. The local residents said that there has been an attempt to dump fresh solid waste at the site and rains will further aggravate the matter. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
On Tuesday, dozens of vehicles of the Ghaziabad municipal corporation which were laden with solid waste were seen lined up outside the landfill site. The local residents said that there has been an attempt to dump fresh solid waste at the site and rains will further aggravate the matter. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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Ghaziabad gets 15 crore for air quality improvement measures

Ghaziabad city has received 15 crore for air quality improvement this financial year
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Published on May 24, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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Ghaziabad civic body seeks 491 crore infra fund from state govt

Officials from the Ghaziabad municipal corporation said they are finding it difficult to take up new infrastructure projects due to paucity of funds
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Published on May 24, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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Handover logjam ends as Ghaziabad civic body agrees to take over 3 key services in Indirapuram

Sanjay Singh, the councillor from Shipra Sun City in Indirapuram, had also moved a petition in the Allahabad high court last year in order to expedite the handover of Indirapuram to the corporation. Hearings in the case are still ongoing
There are around 80,000 households in Indirapuram, according to official estimates. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
There are around 80,000 households in Indirapuram, according to official estimates. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on May 21, 2022 11:40 PM IST
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Inquiry finds more irregularities in land acquired for Delhi Meerut Expressway project

The officials said that the sale deeds were executed in 2016 in the name of a cooperative society, which already stood cancelled in 1999. The administration officials said that the land was meant for the Delhi Meerut Expressway project and previously a similar case emerged in 2016 when FIRs were lodged upon inquiry initiated by then divisional commissioner Prabhat Kumar
Vehicles ply on Delhi Meerut Expressway, in Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Vehicles ply on Delhi Meerut Expressway, in Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Updated on May 20, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Decision to fix stands, routes for autorickshaws angers drivers in Ghaziabad

To reign in on autorickshaws flouting rules, the Ghaziabad traffic police has fixed and finalised 26 auto stands and identified 31 routes across the city, where autorickshaws will be allowed to operate
Ghaziabad, India - April 19, 2022: A view of a chaotic auto-rickshaw stand at Dasna, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, April 19 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad, India - April 19, 2022: A view of a chaotic auto-rickshaw stand at Dasna, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, April 19 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on May 19, 2022 11:57 PM IST
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NGT orders demolition of ‘illegal’ structures over Sahibabad drain in Ghaziabad

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declared all the constructions and other such structures on the bed and 12m buffer zone from the edge of Sahibabad drain in Ghaziabad ‘illegal’ and issued directions for their demolition, irrespective of the permissions granted earlier by the Ghaziabad municipal corporation
Ghaziabad, India - April 18, 2022: A view of the encroachment built over the drain at Sahibabad Link Road in Ghaziabad, India, on Wednesday, April 18 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad, India - April 18, 2022: A view of the encroachment built over the drain at Sahibabad Link Road in Ghaziabad, India, on Wednesday, April 18 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on May 19, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Ghaziabad health department identifies 52 dengue prone areas

The district health department on Tuesday identified 52 localities that are likely to be affected by dengue in the upcoming monsoon season
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Published on May 18, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Tertiary sewage treatment plant in Ghaziabad to supply 40MLD water to industrial units

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has initiated construction work of a tertiary sewage treatment plant (TSTP) at Indirapuram
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Published on May 18, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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High court seeks status report over Ghaziabad’s city forest area

The Allahabad high court has stepped in and sought a status report from the Ghaziabad municipal corporation on the city forest near GT Road adjacent to river Hindon while continuing to hear a plea, which has claimed that the forest area was slowly getting destroyed
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Published on May 17, 2022 12:09 AM IST
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Over 100 Gzb high-rises lack firefighting systems

Ghaziabad: Many buildings in Ghaziabad lack firefighting measures and have failed to adhere to fire safety norms
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Published on May 17, 2022 12:09 AM IST
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Ghaziabad Development Authority plans to levy toll on Hindon elevated road

The GDA is facing a shortage of funds ever since it got burdened with the repayment of two hefty loans. The first is for the Hindon elevated road itself, amounting to 700 crore, while the other was procured to make payments to farmers whose lands were acquired for the authority’s Madhuban Bapudham scheme. The second loan amounts to 900 crore
A view of the Hindon elevated road in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
A view of the Hindon elevated road in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on May 15, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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We’re not taking over Tulsi Niketan, says Ghaziabad civic body

Tulsi Niketan was developed by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) in 1988 and comprises 2,292 flats, including about 250 flats belonging to the lower-income groups. As per norms, the corporation has powers under the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1959, to formally declare buildings as unsafe
Dilapidated buildings of Tulsi Niketan housing society in Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Dilapidated buildings of Tulsi Niketan housing society in Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on May 14, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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75 ponds in Ghaziabad set for revival under Centre’s ‘Amrit Sarovar’ scheme

The district administration has identified 75 ponds for revival/rejuvenation as part of the Centre’s ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ initiative and the work on these ponds is likely to begin in the next 15 days, said officials in the know of the matter
Ghaziabad, India - May 08, 2022: A view of a pond in Muradnagar Bhikanpur village, in Ghaziabad , India on Sunday, May 08, 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad, India - May 08, 2022: A view of a pond in Muradnagar Bhikanpur village, in Ghaziabad , India on Sunday, May 08, 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 12, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Covid positivity rate declines even as daily testing surges in Ghaziabad

There has been a marginal decline in the district’s Covid-19 positivity rate over the past week, despite the health department increasing the number of tests conducted daily, according to data from the health department
A doctor administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a boy at MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
A doctor administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a boy at MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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Ineligible Ghaziabad households told to surrender ration cards by May 20

Despite the deadline to surrender ration cards ending on April 30, so far, only 991 people have surrendered them across Ghaziabad. There is no official estimate regarding how many people are ineligible to hold these cards, officials of the district supplies department added
After May 20, the district supplies department will initiate recovery proceedings against violators. (Sourced)
After May 20, the district supplies department will initiate recovery proceedings against violators. (Sourced)
Published on May 10, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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Ghaziabad Development Authority okays Master Plan-2031

The board meeting was chaired by Surendra Singh, the divisional commissioner, who is also the chairperson of the authority. The new master plan is geographic information system (GIS)-based and proposes about 95 hectares of additional housing development in three areas, which include about 50 hectares in Ghaziabad city
The GDA has also proposed four routes for the ropeway projects. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
The GDA has also proposed four routes for the ropeway projects. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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Ghaziabad civic body okays 1,417 crore budget

The officials said that the budget proposes expenditure of 1,417 crore which will be spent on different segments such as cleaning, streetlights, water supply, maintenance work and horticulture, among others. They also added that the effective expenditure in 2022-23 will be around 900 crore
Ghaziabad, India - April 29, 2022: Ghaziabad Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and ward councillors during a board meeting at the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India on Friday, April 29 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times) (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Ghaziabad, India - April 29, 2022: Ghaziabad Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and ward councillors during a board meeting at the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India on Friday, April 29 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times) (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:30 PM IST
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40 schools in Ghaziabad city dump bus facilities

Following the death of a 10-year-old Class 4 student at Modinagar, who stuck his head out of a moving school bus and it hit the pole of a gantry gate on April 20, the regional transport department found during its physical inspection of vehicles ferrying school children that at least 40 private schools in Ghaziabad are no longer in a position to operate school buses
School buses are being checked at the Vehicle Fitness Testing Centre in Dasna, Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
School buses are being checked at the Vehicle Fitness Testing Centre in Dasna, Ghaziabad on Friday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:29 PM IST
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Ghaziabad municipal corporation brings in new property tax regime

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation is gearing up to implement the new property tax structure, the proposal of which will be presented before the executive committee in a meeting scheduled on Friday
Ghaziabad, India - April 27, 2022: A view of the skyline from a residential zone in Ghaziabad, India on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad, India - April 27, 2022: A view of the skyline from a residential zone in Ghaziabad, India on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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Eight IMS Ghaziabad students hurt as hostel lift goes into free fall

According to the police, the incident took place around 9.20am when students were on their way to the mess for breakfast. Four students boarded the lift on the sixth floor of the six-floor hostel building and eight more boarded on the fifth floor.
The IMS Ghaziabad college in Dasna. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
The IMS Ghaziabad college in Dasna. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 05:09 AM IST
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RRTS project: Viaduct work for first phase of priority stretch complete in Ghaziabad

The priority stretch will have five stations, including Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, and Duhai. The construction work of the 17-kilometre stretch is being carried out in two phases, the first one covering Sahibabad to Ghaziabad and the second one will connect Ghaziabad with Duhai
An aerial view of the ongoing construction work of the RRTS corridor in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
An aerial view of the ongoing construction work of the RRTS corridor in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 02:08 AM IST
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Most fresh Covid cases reported in 21-40 age group in Ghaziabad

During the last one week — from April 18-24 — the district has recorded 257 new cases from the 27,027 samples that were tested and the positivity rate is 0.95%
A health worker conducts a Covid test at MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
A health worker conducts a Covid test at MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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NCRTC to offer EV charging facilities at RRTS stations

Ghaziabad: The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) which has undertaken the 82-kilometre-long Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project to link Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut has planned to incorporate electric vehicle charging points in stations
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Published on Apr 25, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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Ghaziabad: Boy’s family stages protest, demands arrest of school authorities

The family members of the Class 4 student of Dayawati Modi Public School, who died after his head hit a pole while he peeped out of a school bus window, staged a protest outside the Modinagar police station on the Delhi Meerut road on Thursday morning demanding the immediate arrest of the school officials
Family members of the boy staged a protest outside the Modinagar police station in Ghaziabad for two hours on Thursday. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
Family members of the boy staged a protest outside the Modinagar police station in Ghaziabad for two hours on Thursday. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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Ghaziabad earned 1,474 crore in liquor revenue in FY 2021-22, third highest in UP

According to official figures of the district excise department, Ghaziabad residents consumed 28,800,961 bottles of beer, 13,018,372 bottles of IMFL and 16,490,025 litres of country-made liquor
During the last five financial years starting from 2017-18, the residents in the district consumed a total of 95,060,132 bottles of beer. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
During the last five financial years starting from 2017-18, the residents in the district consumed a total of 95,060,132 bottles of beer. (Sakib Ali/ HT)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Trans-Hindon areas report most Covid-19 cases in Ghaziabad: Officials

Official records indicate that of the 172 cases mapped by the health department till April 17, as many as 69 have surfaced from Indirapuram, 18 from Vaishali, five from Vasundhara and another 12 cases have emerged from localities such as Shastri Nagar and Mahendra Enclave. Raj Nagar Extension has also reported 15 cases
The active caseload in the district stood at 135 on Wednesday with 15 fresh cases. The figures also indicate that six teachers and 38 students of 24 different schools/colleges have been infected. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
The active caseload in the district stood at 135 on Wednesday with 15 fresh cases. The figures also indicate that six teachers and 38 students of 24 different schools/colleges have been infected. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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NCR districts in Haryana, UP to put masks back on

  • While residents in Haryana will be fined 500, the UP governments order did not specify a penalty amount.
A healthcare worker collects the swab sample of a woman for Covid-19 testing, in Gurugram on Monday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
A healthcare worker collects the swab sample of a woman for Covid-19 testing, in Gurugram on Monday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 04:43 AM IST
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