Rashpal Singh

Rashpal Singh

Rashpal Singh covers socio-economic and development issues in Gurgaon and adjoining districts. A journalist for over a decade with stints in Shimla, Chandigarh and Jaipur, he also writes on transport, local administration and the district BJP.

Articles by Rashpal Singh
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar listens to resident complaints during a meeting of district consumer disaster management committee in the Mini Secretariat in Gurgaon. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar listens to resident complaints during a meeting of district consumer disaster management committee in the Mini Secretariat in Gurgaon. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Haryana CM office issues notice to MCG commissioner

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 01:59 PM IST
The Haryana Chief Minister’s office has served show cause notices to commissioners of Gurugram and Faridabad municipal corporations for delay in disposal of complaints received on CM window.
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Payal Cinema in Gurugram’s Sector 14 is one of the two remaining single screen theatre in the city.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Payal Cinema in Gurugram’s Sector 14 is one of the two remaining single screen theatre in the city.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Haryana proposes increase in movie screens, with focus on single screen theatres

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2018 12:57 PM IST
The state government approved the Haryana film policy on September 5 giving filmmaking the status of an industry in the state, making it eligible for various incentives and subsidies.
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Although Dangal was set in Haryana, it was shot somewhere else.(HT)
Although Dangal was set in Haryana, it was shot somewhere else.(HT)

Reel good news: Filmmaking accorded status of industry in Haryana

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 05:28 AM IST
the state is introducing a single window system where applications, seeking permissions for shoots, will have to be decided within a week. The policy is likely to benefit Gurugram as it is preferred by filmmakers due to its proximity to Delhi.
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Transport expert Dario Hidalgo takes the Gurugarm city bus service ride from Huda City Centre metro station to Subhash Chowk on Tuesday. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)
Transport expert Dario Hidalgo takes the Gurugarm city bus service ride from Huda City Centre metro station to Subhash Chowk on Tuesday. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

Gurugaman bus design represents Gurugram’s ‘cyber spirit’, say officials

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 07:31 AM IST
Work on designing the buses started in December 2017 and the logo, showing two progressive lines of dark blue and light blue, signify earth and sky, respectively.
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Vehicles get stuck in waterlogged road after heavy rainfall on National Highway 48 near Signature Tower Chowk in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Vehicles get stuck in waterlogged road after heavy rainfall on National Highway 48 near Signature Tower Chowk in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Provide basic amenities, forget ‘super smart’ city: Political leaders

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2018 04:24 AM IST
The state government wants to turn Gurugram into a ‘super smart’ city, but the lack of basic civic infrastructure is exposed every time it rains.
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The state’s development and panchayats department had on March 2001 served a notice to the petrol pump owners to clarify as to why the land lease should not be cancelled. The panchayat had leased out the land to Janta Filling Station in December 1999 for 20 years.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
The state’s development and panchayats department had on March 2001 served a notice to the petrol pump owners to clarify as to why the land lease should not be cancelled. The panchayat had leased out the land to Janta Filling Station in December 1999 for 20 years.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

Probe panel’s clean chit to panchayat land deal in Gurugram

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2018 05:24 AM IST
An inquiry report on alleged misappropriation of a 3,000-square-yard panchayat land in Sikanderpur — where a petrol pump is presently operating — has concluded that there was no violation of norms during the sale of land, although the Haryana government had initially objected to setting up of such a facility there.
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Om Parkesh and Rameshwar Sorout perform Banchari folk dance in Banchari village of Haryana’s Palwal district. The art form reportedly dates back to medieval age but due to lack of a documented history, not much is known about its origins or famous exponents.(Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)
Om Parkesh and Rameshwar Sorout perform Banchari folk dance in Banchari village of Haryana’s Palwal district. The art form reportedly dates back to medieval age but due to lack of a documented history, not much is known about its origins or famous exponents.(Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

Folk art form Banchari find its way into textbooks, to be part of varsity course

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Banchari (Palwal)
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 11:48 AM IST
The song and dance form -Banchari - that celebrates the love of Lord Krishna and Radha is set to be part of a varsity course in Haryana.
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The chief minister’s office (CMO) has summoned the district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) of Gurugram in connection with the encroachment of panchayat land located in the foothills of the Aravallis.(Representative Image/HT Photo)
The chief minister’s office (CMO) has summoned the district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) of Gurugram in connection with the encroachment of panchayat land located in the foothills of the Aravallis.(Representative Image/HT Photo)

CMO summons Gurugram officer in connection with Aravalli encroachment

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2018 04:09 PM IST
Rakesh Gupta, additional principal secretary to Haryana chief minister said the Gurugram officer has been summoned on August 3 and would present the status in the cases, following which he would review the progress.
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Haryana PWD and forest minister Rao Narbir Singh says new roads, flyovers, railways and other projects are coming up in the state for which trees have to be removed. har(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Haryana PWD and forest minister Rao Narbir Singh says new roads, flyovers, railways and other projects are coming up in the state for which trees have to be removed. har(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Trees felling must for development, says Haryana’s forest minister Rao Narbir Singh

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 01:48 PM IST
Haryana forest minister Rao Narbir Singh talks about government’s priorities and the environmental price state will have to pay for growth.
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Vinay Pratap Singh, deputy commissioner of Gurugram, addresses a press conference on June 28, 2018.(Parveen Kumar/ HT File Photo)
Vinay Pratap Singh, deputy commissioner of Gurugram, addresses a press conference on June 28, 2018.(Parveen Kumar/ HT File Photo)

Stricter action needed to rein in errant private schools: Gurugram deputy commissioner

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 03:09 PM IST
Gurugram deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh says schools not admitting poor students under the EWS quota flout rules due to lack of deterrence but derecognition not the solution.
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The dead man's body. Focus on hand(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The dead man's body. Focus on hand(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Dead for six months, Gurugram woman summoned in land probe case

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 09:16 AM IST
The dead woman, Mishri Devi, was the former sarpanch of Sikanderpur and it was under her tenure the said panchayat land was allegedly sold in 2003.
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A file photo of felled trees in the Mangar Bani forest area, in Gurugram, Haryana. (Representative Photo)(Parveen Kumar/ HT File)
A file photo of felled trees in the Mangar Bani forest area, in Gurugram, Haryana. (Representative Photo)(Parveen Kumar/ HT File)

Plan to fell trees for water tank in Gurugram’s Leisure Valley Park shelved

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 01:21 PM IST
The GMDA had sent a letter to the forest department about a week ago, seeking permission for felling 26 trees in a corner of Leisure Valley Parkto construct an underground tank.
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The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram got the nod to chop 28 trees at Bal Bhawan in Sector 4 on the condition that the agency will plant two times the number of trees that it will fell at its own expense, on its own land and ensure their survival.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram got the nod to chop 28 trees at Bal Bhawan in Sector 4 on the condition that the agency will plant two times the number of trees that it will fell at its own expense, on its own land and ensure their survival.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurugram civic body gets go-ahead to chop 28 trees to build new auditorium

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 02:03 PM IST
The permission has not gone well with environmental activists, who said that given the city’s pollution level, all options for saving trees should be explored.
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The land, as per official records, is marked as uncultivable waste land, and falls under the jurisdiction of the panchayat. As such, it cannot be sold. The municipal corporation of Gurugram (MCG) staked a claim on the land in 2015 and asked its occupant to vacate it.(HT/Picture for representation)
The land, as per official records, is marked as uncultivable waste land, and falls under the jurisdiction of the panchayat. As such, it cannot be sold. The municipal corporation of Gurugram (MCG) staked a claim on the land in 2015 and asked its occupant to vacate it.(HT/Picture for representation)

Probe into sale of panchayat land in Gurugram’s Sikanderpur

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2018 11:24 AM IST
The Gurugram district administration has initiated a probe into the sale of a 3,000-square-yard “panchayat land” in Gurugram’s Sikanderpur area in Sector 26, where a petrol pump is currently operating.
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The project is aimed at boosting the city’s local transportation and giving people the option of going from the Gurugram railway station to Delhi with one changeover at Huda City Centre.(HT File Photo)
The project is aimed at boosting the city’s local transportation and giving people the option of going from the Gurugram railway station to Delhi with one changeover at Huda City Centre.(HT File Photo)

New Haryana high-speed railway line to link with Delhi Metro

By Rashpal Singh | Gurugram, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 07:37 AM IST
Haryana government will construct a new high-speed rail corridor that will begin where the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line ends and stretch into Old Gurugram across the expressway.
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Manuj Gupta organises community feasts for the poor. He has launched a website and a Facebook page so that more could join in.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Manuj Gupta organises community feasts for the poor. He has launched a website and a Facebook page so that more could join in.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Finance manager from Gurugram whose mission is to feed the poor

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2018 09:00 AM IST
Manuj Gupta, an executive finance manager in a multinational company in Cybercity, organises community feasts for the poor.
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The move to plant more saplings is vital as Gurugram has lost significant tree cover in last two years due to the construction of underpasses, flyovers and underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, and Hero Honda Chowk.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
The move to plant more saplings is vital as Gurugram has lost significant tree cover in last two years due to the construction of underpasses, flyovers and underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, and Hero Honda Chowk.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Gurugram paid with 14,500 trees for new underpasses, flyovers; forest department to increase sapling plantation

By Rashpal Singh | Gurugram, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 08:35 AM IST
The forest department, this pre-monsoon, has increased its sapling plantation target by 10 times the 2017-18 target. The department is aiming to plant over 3 lakh saplings this year.
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Haryana forest minister Rao Narbir Singh.(HT File Photo)
Haryana forest minister Rao Narbir Singh.(HT File Photo)

Haryana government will plant 2 lakh saplings, says forest minister

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 09:23 AM IST
Rao Narbir Singh, a resident of Civil Lines in Gurugram, promised a more effective planting drive this year compared to the efforts of previous years.
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Residents of Vipul Belmonte have challenged the state government’s order in the high court.(HT File Photo)
Residents of Vipul Belmonte have challenged the state government’s order in the high court.(HT File Photo)

Changes to maintenance fee law evoke mixed response, legal action

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 08:51 AM IST
Payment of common area maintenance charges in several high-rise gated communities became a bone of contention among residents, builders and residents’ welfare associations.
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Buyers said they had invested in plots to get closer to nature. The court, however, asked the admin to take over the land.
Buyers said they had invested in plots to get closer to nature. The court, however, asked the admin to take over the land.

Fate of 41 villas in Aravallis hangs in the balance in Gurugram

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 09:20 AM IST
The farmhouses and villas, according to official sources, belong to residents of Delhi and Mumbai, and include politicians.
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Cracks have developed on two elevated U-turns and an elevated road at busy Iffco chowk, in Gurugram.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Cracks have developed on two elevated U-turns and an elevated road at busy Iffco chowk, in Gurugram.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurugram elevated roads crack four months after opening

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2018 10:15 AM IST
Wide cracks have appeared on two elevated U-turns and an elevated road at Iffco Chowk. The cracks are so wide that the road below is visible through them.
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Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the foundation stone laying event for the waste-to-energy treatment plant at Bandhwari on Friday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the foundation stone laying event for the waste-to-energy treatment plant at Bandhwari on Friday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Gurugram: CM’s assurances on Bandhwari fails to cut ice with villagers

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 10:34 PM IST
Residents of Bandhwari and neighbouring villages claim that over 100 people have died of cancer linked to groundwater contamination by the Bandhwari plant
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The step has been taken to ensure transparency, accountability and cashless transactions, said a spokesperson of the authority said.(ParveenKumar/HT Photo)
The step has been taken to ensure transparency, accountability and cashless transactions, said a spokesperson of the authority said.(ParveenKumar/HT Photo)

GMDA launches online service for granting change of land use approval

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 10:00 PM IST
The authority is also digitising all legacy files of the DTCP so as to create an online record of past CLUs granted, the spokesperson said.
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Police said they will seek a medical opinion before filing an FIR in the matter.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Police said they will seek a medical opinion before filing an FIR in the matter.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Father files police case after infant dies of infection at Fortis Gurgaon

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2018 10:46 PM IST
A five-member panel of medical experts had last September held the hospital responsible for the death of the child
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More than 700 people, across different age groups, ran and there were 84 categories in which the runners were awarded.(HT PHOTO)
More than 700 people, across different age groups, ran and there were 84 categories in which the runners were awarded.(HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Runners negotiate rugged terrain in Aravalli hills

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2018 11:03 PM IST
Organisers said the trail run aimed at encouraging the participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle
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Construction of the 5km elevated road is tipped to reduce congestion on Sohna road.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Construction of the 5km elevated road is tipped to reduce congestion on Sohna road.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Elevated corridor soon to rid Sohna Road of traffic snarls

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2018 11:46 PM IST
The tender has been opened and is expected to be awarded to a company this month; a deadline of 25 months has been fixed for the construction of the 5km elevated corridor
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Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the launch of his an Kranti Yatra at Hodal Anaj Mandi in Palwal district on Sunday. The event drew huge crowds.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the launch of his an Kranti Yatra at Hodal Anaj Mandi in Palwal district on Sunday. The event drew huge crowds.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Hooda sounds poll bugle, promises ‘New Haryana’

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Hodal/palwal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2018 04:05 PM IST
Jan Kranti Yatra: Former CM skirts comments on CBI chargesheet in land scam, says he doesn’t fear forces working against him and will fight for the people.
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People between the ages of seven and 70 participated with vigour in the trail-a-thon 2018, conducted by fitness groups in Delhi-NCR, under the banner of Aravalli Trail Blazer.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
People between the ages of seven and 70 participated with vigour in the trail-a-thon 2018, conducted by fitness groups in Delhi-NCR, under the banner of Aravalli Trail Blazer.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Cyclists, aged 7 to 70, brave tricky Mangar trail

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2018 11:48 PM IST
The organisers said that the event is meant to promote fitness and good health
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The site where the ABW Aditya Niketan project was proposed to come up.(Source: buyers’ society)
The site where the ABW Aditya Niketan project was proposed to come up.(Source: buyers’ society)

Manesar land scam: Buyers want Haryana govt to take over ABW project

By Rashpal Singh | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2018 11:15 PM IST
The plot and home buyers of ABW Aditya Niketan, a 104-acre project in Manesar, have demanded action by the Haryana government against the developer for committing fraud.
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Haryana DGP BS Sandhu and Mewat SP Nazneen Bhasin at the inauguration of the STF office in Gurgaon.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Haryana DGP BS Sandhu and Mewat SP Nazneen Bhasin at the inauguration of the STF office in Gurgaon.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

More women cops, police stations to check crime against women: DGP

By Rashpal Singh | hindustan times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2018 11:12 PM IST
DGP BS Sandhu said the state police force is currently short of 15,000 personnel
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