Ritam Halder

Ritam Halder

Ritam Halder has been a journalist for nearly a decade and has worked in multiple roles across organisations. He has been a features writer, a digital journalist as well as a desk hand. He now covers environment, water and urban issues in Delhi.

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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media after the budget presentation on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media after the budget presentation on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Delhi Budget goes green, focus more on cleaner fuel, electric buses

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2018 11:53 PM IST
The AAP government plans to roll out 1,000 fully electric buses, ‘the highest fleet of electric buses in any city or state in India, and in fact, by any city in the world outside of China’.
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The Delhi government is all set to put in place a pollution prediction model, which will give air quality forecasts for up to 72 hours.
The Delhi government is all set to put in place a pollution prediction model, which will give air quality forecasts for up to 72 hours.

Delhi eyes tailor-made 72-hour pollution prediction tool

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 11:56 PM IST
According to a senior Delhi government official, the project, which might be part of the 2018-19 green budget, is expected to be up and running by October 2018.
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The odd-even scheme, a system designed to reduce pollution, allows vehicles to ply on odd and even dates based on the last number of their licence plates(Hindustan Times)
The odd-even scheme, a system designed to reduce pollution, allows vehicles to ply on odd and even dates based on the last number of their licence plates(Hindustan Times)

No contradiction in odd-even orders of EPCA and NGT, says SC-appointed pollution panel

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2018 01:04 PM IST
In the GRAP stock-taking meeting last Wednesday, government officials asked the pollution panel to clarify its stance regarding the road-rationing scheme and whose orders (the EPCA or the NGT) should the agencies follow.
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Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida will be installing more air pollution monitoring stations(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)
Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida will be installing more air pollution monitoring stations(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)

EPCA to write to Haryana, UP to speed up process of adding air pollution monitoring stations

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 02:40 PM IST
In a meeting, on Wednesday, on the graded response action plan implementation, it was decided that EPCA chairman Bhure Lal will write to the chief secretaries of these states, pointing out the missed deadlines and asking them to expedite the process
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EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal has already written to all four NCR states to make sure that industries either move to gas or set up pollution control equipment for NOx and SOx.(HT Photo)
EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal has already written to all four NCR states to make sure that industries either move to gas or set up pollution control equipment for NOx and SOx.(HT Photo)

Curbing industrial pollution in Delhi-NCR should be top priority: SC body

By Ritam Halder & Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2018 12:26 PM IST
Last October, the Supreme Court had banned two cheap but highly polluting industrial fuels — furnace oil and petroleum coke, commonly called pet coke, and directed Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to notify the ban immediately
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A smart pole installed by NDMC at KG Marg in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A smart pole installed by NDMC at KG Marg in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

New in Connaught Place: Smart poles to track air quality, provide Wi-Fi, keep watch

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2018 12:33 PM IST
In the first phase, smart poles are being installed in Connaught Place, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Sansad Marg, Janpath, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Barakhamba Road, Tolstoy Marg and nearby areas.
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A smart class in Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya at Rouse Avenue in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE)
A smart class in Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya at Rouse Avenue in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE)

NDMC primary schools to get smart classes from next academic session

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2018 09:12 AM IST
The classes will be equipped with CCTV cameras, LEDs and other required infrastructure like smart board, which will help the teachers to impart lessons through digital tools.
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The anti-smog gun was flagged by Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain on Monday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The anti-smog gun was flagged by Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain on Monday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Now anti-smog gun for PWD roads in Delhi: Innovation or eyewash?

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2018 02:32 PM IST
When the machine was used last time in December, the Central Pollution Control Board had given an adverse report about it.
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People drive around as part of a vintage car rally at India Gate on Saturday. Starting from India Gate, the cars reached Gurgaon, where they will be showcased till Sunday(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)
People drive around as part of a vintage car rally at India Gate on Saturday. Starting from India Gate, the cars reached Gurgaon, where they will be showcased till Sunday(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)

Vintage cars and bikes pay tribute to golden era of automotive industry

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2018 11:07 PM IST
125 vintage cars and 35 vintage two wheelers gathered at a corner of India Gate as part of the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show 2018
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Diljeet Titus, a lawyer and collector of classic and vintage cars, at his Jaunpur farmhouse near Chhattarpur in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Diljeet Titus, a lawyer and collector of classic and vintage cars, at his Jaunpur farmhouse near Chhattarpur in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

1933 Minerva to 1965 Ford Mustang: Vintage cars to roll down Delhi’s roads after 3 yrs

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2018 12:07 PM IST
After a gap of three years, car collectors in the capital again have permission to show off their collections with NGT allowing vintage cars to ply for rallies, exhibitions with a few rides.
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A sealed office in N- Block, Connaught Place, on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A sealed office in N- Block, Connaught Place, on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Ten basements sealed in Connaught Place over illegal commercial use

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2018 11:55 PM IST
New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA) president Atul Bhargava said basements are supposed to be storage units but some establishments were using them for commercial purposes.
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Water supply has been affected in all parts of the city except in east Delhi where water is sourced from the Upper Ganga Canal.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE)
Water supply has been affected in all parts of the city except in east Delhi where water is sourced from the Upper Ganga Canal.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE)

9 days and counting: Water crisis due to alarming ammonia levels continues in Delhi

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2018 05:03 PM IST
The level of ammonia in the Yamuna water has shot up to 2.23 parts per million (ppm) when the safe limit is 0.2 ppm. The Delhi Jal Board is equipped to treat up to 0.9 ppm of ammonia level in water.
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Delhi L-G Anil Baijal had asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time.(HT FILE)
Delhi L-G Anil Baijal had asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time.(HT FILE)

North Delhi civic body to buy 5 more mechanical sweepers to curb road dust

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2018 03:12 PM IST
The proposal to procure five more mechanical sweepers was made by NDMC while presenting its budget for 2018-19.
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The study will be used to prepare local-level action plan to check pollution levels at the city’s foul air pockets.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File)
The study will be used to prepare local-level action plan to check pollution levels at the city’s foul air pockets.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File)

Experts go deeper into Delhi for micro-action to fight pollution

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2018 03:57 PM IST
Based on an analysis of pollution recorded at 20 new monitoring stations across the city, govt will take take ‘micro-level’ and targeted action to combat pollution.
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The NDMC area, a VIP zone in the city’s heart, is home to a mere 1.5% of the Capital’s 16.78 million people and covers just 3% of the city. But it has nearly 50% green cover of Delhi.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)
The NDMC area, a VIP zone in the city’s heart, is home to a mere 1.5% of the Capital’s 16.78 million people and covers just 3% of the city. But it has nearly 50% green cover of Delhi.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

NDMC to count its vintage trees to keep track of green cover in central Delhi

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2018 10:42 PM IST
The proposed tree census will capture scientific and popular names, girth at breast height, height, crown area and GPS location of trees on main roads in areas under New Delhi Municipal Council
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A new 245-car capacity lot at Janpath will cater to Connaught Place visitors.
A new 245-car capacity lot at Janpath will cater to Connaught Place visitors.

Parking space to be added in Connaught Place, Khan Market

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2018 06:50 PM IST
An underground mechanical car parking at Khan Market and a 245-car capacity lot at Janpath are being planned.
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File photo of commuters riding through thick of fog in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)
File photo of commuters riding through thick of fog in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)

Delhi wakes up to foggy morning

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2018 10:28 AM IST
The fog disrupted train services and sparked a spike in air pollution on Saturday.
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Police and NDMC officials in Khan Market on Tuesday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Police and NDMC officials in Khan Market on Tuesday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

16 outlets face NDMC action on Day 2 of Khan Market sealing drive

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2018 11:39 PM IST
Sealing only in conducted in sections of outlets not in compliance with civic norms, not entire establishments, say officials.
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Mathura Road — from Ashram to Sarita Vihar — has emerged as one of the new pollution hotspots in Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Mathura Road — from Ashram to Sarita Vihar — has emerged as one of the new pollution hotspots in Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Delhi’s pollution hotspots: Mathura Road running out of breath

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2018 10:19 AM IST
Part 1 of 5: Choked roads, ongoing construction and nearby industries, have turned one of Delhi’s arterial stretches — Matura Road — into a new pollution hotspot
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In the EPCA meeting, it was also suggested that generators should be allowed to run if they use gas as fuel.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In the EPCA meeting, it was also suggested that generators should be allowed to run if they use gas as fuel.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

By March 15, all industrial units in Delhi will switch to PNG: Govt tells EPCA

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 01:10 PM IST
EPCA chairman Bhure Lal had raised the issue of industries running in Badli, Bawana, Narela and DTU areas causing air pollution in a meeting with Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on December 7.
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Delhi Jal Board that supplies water to households in the capital has faced a revenue loss of Rs 516 crore in 2016-2017.(HT Photo)
Delhi Jal Board that supplies water to households in the capital has faced a revenue loss of Rs 516 crore in 2016-2017.(HT Photo)

‘Tough pill to swallow’: What forced Delhi Jal Board to hike water tariff

By Ritam Halder & Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2017 03:54 PM IST
Delhi Jal Board on Tuesday hiked water tariff by 20% for those using more than 20,000 litres a month. The new tariff will come into effect from February 1 next year. This is the second hike in water tariff since AAP came to power in 2015
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Women waiting with cans for a water tanker in Delhi’s East Patel Nagar in May 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Women waiting with cans for a water tanker in Delhi’s East Patel Nagar in May 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Delhi water tariff hiked by 20% for consumption above 20000 litres, effective from Feb 1

By Ritam Halder and Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2017 10:46 PM IST
This is the second time that the AAP government, which came to power in Delhi in 2015 with the promise of free water and electricity, has hiked the water tariff.
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At a recent meeting with authorities of Delhi-NCR, EPCA had said that whenever the air quality stays at “emergency” levels for 48 hours, tougher measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will kick in automatically.(Ravi Choudhary/ / HT Photo)
At a recent meeting with authorities of Delhi-NCR, EPCA had said that whenever the air quality stays at “emergency” levels for 48 hours, tougher measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will kick in automatically.(Ravi Choudhary/ / HT Photo)

Need strong measures like Beijing, Paris for odd-even drive in Delhi, says SC panel

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2017 11:58 AM IST
In Beijing, violation of odd-even rules can cost you your auto insurance for a year. In Paris, violators face heavy on-the-spot fines.
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A restaurant sealed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Defence Colony on December 22.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A restaurant sealed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Defence Colony on December 22.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Is Khan Market next? Traders anxious over sealing drive in Delhi markets

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2017 05:15 PM IST
Armed with a Supreme Court order and backed by the apex court-appointed committee, civic agencies are on a warpath against property owners running commercial establishments without paying conversion charges.
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Officials estimate that there are currently around 2,080 brick kilns in Delhi-NCR, including 700 in Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur districts.
Officials estimate that there are currently around 2,080 brick kilns in Delhi-NCR, including 700 in Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur districts.

Polluting brick kilns to shut down for good after June 2018: EPCA

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2017 10:04 PM IST
Officials estimate that there are currently around 2,080 brick kilns in Delhi-NCR, including 700 in Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur districts.
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Indian residents walk amid heavy smog at India Gate in New Delhi.(AFP)
Indian residents walk amid heavy smog at India Gate in New Delhi.(AFP)

Delhi won’t wait for EPCA order to take emergency measures when air goes foul again

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2017 08:51 PM IST
Air pollution: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee will issue an alert immediately to all departments concerned
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The Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar near DTU is also in a bad condition as there are no pavements and thus increasing dust pollution.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)
The Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar near DTU is also in a bad condition as there are no pavements and thus increasing dust pollution.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)

Delhi Technological University area is the next ‘air pollution hotspot’

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2017 12:15 PM IST
According to Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority chairman Bhure Lal, this corner of the city has been consistently showing high pollution levels.
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On Monday evening, the functioning of the machine was demonstrated to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and environment minister Imran Hussain.(Joydeep Thakur / HT Photo)
On Monday evening, the functioning of the machine was demonstrated to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and environment minister Imran Hussain.(Joydeep Thakur / HT Photo)

What is an anti-smog cannon? Delhi is counting on it to reduce air pollution

By Joydeep Thakur and Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2017 05:22 PM IST
The anti-smog cannon will be used throughout the day with the monitoring station at Anand Vihar observing any changes in Delhi pollution levels. Here’s how it works
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According to organisers, Delhi Comic Con 2017 will be much bigger and better with a range of new activities.(Photo: Sourced)
According to organisers, Delhi Comic Con 2017 will be much bigger and better with a range of new activities.(Photo: Sourced)

Super Zoo Zoo to make its debut as Comic Con returns to Delhi this weekend

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2017 01:40 PM IST
Among the special attractions this year will be Super Zoo Zoo, the popular Vodafone mascot, that will make its Comic Con debut. Pass holders this year will also receive exclusive Archie titles with a customized Delhi city cover.
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According to a senior Delhi government official, the decision was taken by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the state’s water minister, after a meeting with Delhi Jal Board officials at his residence on Saturday.(AFP)
According to a senior Delhi government official, the decision was taken by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the state’s water minister, after a meeting with Delhi Jal Board officials at his residence on Saturday.(AFP)

Delhi Jal Board to send notices to govt depts over pending water bills of R3,220 crore

By Ritam Halder | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2017 12:44 AM IST
According to a senior Delhi government official, the decision was taken by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the state’s water minister, after a meeting with Delhi Jal Board officials at his residence on Saturday.
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