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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Three sanitation workers lost their lives in a sewer at Jal Vihar in New Delhi on Sunday.
Three sanitation workers lost their lives in a sewer at Jal Vihar in New Delhi on Sunday.

Delhi sewer deaths: Contractor on the run, workers not DJB employees, says water minister

HIndustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2017 10:13 PM IST
The three persons were cleaning a sewer line in Lajpat Nagar near the Kabir Ram temple on Sunday afternoon. They went inside, inhaled toxic fumes and were found unconscious.
According to the data available with Hindustan Times, since May 2015, July has been the “cleanest” month in terms of air quality with two “good” days and not even one “bad” day.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
According to the data available with Hindustan Times, since May 2015, July has been the “cleanest” month in terms of air quality with two “good” days and not even one “bad” day.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

You could finally breathe easy in Delhi: Air quality in July best in 27 months

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2017 10:45 AM IST
According to the CPCB, Delhi did not have even a single day of good AQI for the past 26 months till June. However, July 30 and July 31 recorded the AQI at 43 and 47. The AQI on Wednesday (August 2) was in the satisfactory range at 92.
More than 1,700 trees may be felled to give way to the integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan, as revealed by an RTI query. Activist Verhaen Khanna says he will approach the National Green Tribunal to save the trees.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
More than 1,700 trees may be felled to give way to the integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan, as revealed by an RTI query. Activist Verhaen Khanna says he will approach the National Green Tribunal to save the trees.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Pragati Maidan redevelopment: Activist to move NGT to save 1,713 trees

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2017 11:19 PM IST
More than 1,700 trees may be felled to give way to the integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan, as revealed by an RTI query. Activist Verhaen Khanna says he will approach the National Green Tribunal to save the trees.
New Delhi, India - July 28, 2017: Giant outdoor screen at Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times) to go with Ritam story(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - July 28, 2017: Giant outdoor screen at Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times) to go with Ritam story(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Smart roads, toilets to transform New Delhi into a smart city

Hindustan Times | By Sweta Goswami and Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2017 06:13 PM IST
The NDMC is one of the first 20 cities, which were selected under Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development in January 2016.
New Delhi, India - July 25, 2017: A rain in the capital during the daytime during the monsoon in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - July 25, 2017: A rain in the capital during the daytime during the monsoon in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

No ‘bad air’ day in Delhi since June 15, courtesy rain and high wind speed

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 10:59 AM IST
Officials say three monitoring stations, Anand Vihar, ITO and Delhi College of Engineering in Bawana, which are located in heavy traffic zone, are the reasons why the overall air quality was not “good” in the city.
Hindustan Times had on July 6 highlighted that more than 1,700 trees may be felled to make way for a integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Hindustan Times had on July 6 highlighted that more than 1,700 trees may be felled to make way for a integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Activist launches online petition to save 1700 Pragati Maidan trees from getting axed

HIndustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2017 11:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times had on July 6 highlighted that more than 1,700 trees may be felled to make way for a integrated exhibition-cum-convention centre at Pragati Maidan
Officials say free “park and ride” services from major parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking will be made available.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Officials say free “park and ride” services from major parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking will be made available.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Connaught Place to go car-free on weekends from August

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2017 04:50 PM IST
Traders have threatened to protest, saying Saturdays, Sundays, and even Mondays were peak days of business for them.
In March this year, the council decided to act against Le Meridien over non-payment of licence fees pending for three decades.(HT FILE)
In March this year, the council decided to act against Le Meridien over non-payment of licence fees pending for three decades.(HT FILE)

NDMC moves to evict Le Meridien over non-payment of Rs 523 crore

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 07:51 PM IST
The NDMC had cancelled Le Meridien’s licence in March over non-payment of fees amounting to Rs 523 crore. The council has now moved court for an eviction order.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported from India Gate’s C-Hexagon after a part of the road caved in affecting vehicular movement.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported from India Gate’s C-Hexagon after a part of the road caved in affecting vehicular movement.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

India Gate road cave-in: Why do Delhi roads crumble?

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:42 PM IST
A part of the road caved in at India Gate’s C-Hexagon bringing the traffic to a crawl during peak hours.
A day’s strike won’t affect water supply in Delhi. However, in case the government failed to respond swiftly, the strike might have stretched on indefinitely, causing waters woes.(Hindustan Times)
A day’s strike won’t affect water supply in Delhi. However, in case the government failed to respond swiftly, the strike might have stretched on indefinitely, causing waters woes.(Hindustan Times)

DJB workers defer strike to protest humiliation after water minister’s intervention

Hindustan TImes | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2017 09:11 PM IST
DJB employees had earlier said that they will not work from Monday until the chairman of Delhi Assembly’s committee on government undertakings (COGU) and other committee members tendered an unconditional apology to the DJB CEO and its employees for their ‘misbehaviour’.
NDMC Chairperson Naresh Kumar during a plantation drive at Navyug School, Lodhi Colony in New Delhi, India, on Saturday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
NDMC Chairperson Naresh Kumar during a plantation drive at Navyug School, Lodhi Colony in New Delhi, India, on Saturday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

NDMC ropes in 30,000 schoolchildren, kicks off mega green drive in 51 schools

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 12:10 AM IST
Apart from planting ornamental, herbal, shrubs, 28,000 indigenous trees like sheesham, peepal, neem tress, the council also plans to plant fruit trees like mango and jamun during the drive.
DJB provides pipelines in the colonies but individuals take the connections themselves with the help of plumbers. The direct connection will decrease cases of water contamination and add more people to the sewerage network, says DJB.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
DJB provides pipelines in the colonies but individuals take the connections themselves with the help of plumbers. The direct connection will decrease cases of water contamination and add more people to the sewerage network, says DJB.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

No need for plumbers now, DJB plans water, sewerage lines straight to your homes

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2017 10:58 PM IST
DJB provides pipelines in the colonies but individuals take the connections themselves with the help of plumbers. The direct connection will decrease cases of water contamination and add more people to the sewerage network, says DJB.
The NDMC area, a leafy 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.(HT File)
The NDMC area, a leafy 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.(HT File)

Mega green drive: NDMC areas to get 10 lakh more trees

Hindustan times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2017 11:11 PM IST
Students of 51 NDMC schools will kick off the campaign on Saturday.
As per Central Pollution Control Board data, Delhi did not have a single ‘good’ AQI days for the past 26 months. Safar and CPCB have different measures for AQI.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
As per Central Pollution Control Board data, Delhi did not have a single ‘good’ AQI days for the past 26 months. Safar and CPCB have different measures for AQI.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

After 9 months of pollution, Delhi has a ‘good’ air day on Thursday

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2017 11:15 PM IST
According to the SAFAR app, Delhi’s overall Air Quality Index on Thursday was 77. When AQI is below 100, the air quality is considered good and air pollution poses little or no risk. On Friday, too, the AQI is expected to be 85 and it is likely to remain in the same range for the next one week.
People gathered at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday to condemn the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
People gathered at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday to condemn the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Voices rise against Amarnath killings, people in Delhi say Not in My Name

Hindustan Times | By Niha Masih and Ritam Halder, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2017 10:52 PM IST
Away from the politicking in the aftermath of the heinous terror attack on pilgrims, Zaheeruddin was among those who came out to mourn the dead. Five people from Gujarat and two from Maharashtra were killed when terrorists attacked a bus at Anantnag in Kashmir.
‘Not In My Name’ protests were earlier held across 10 cities on June 28 against lynchings by cow vigilantes.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
‘Not In My Name’ protests were earlier held across 10 cities on June 28 against lynchings by cow vigilantes.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Amarnath yatra attack: #notinmyname campaigners to hold protest at Jantar Mantar

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2017 02:39 PM IST
Another round of ‘Not In My Name’ protest will be held at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday against the attack on Amarnath yatra.
Waterlogging on Ring Road near ITO in June 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Waterlogging on Ring Road near ITO in June 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Give us inflatable boats for flooded Delhi roads this monsoon: RWAs to Kejriwal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 10:18 AM IST
A federation of east Delhi RWAs has written to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia asking them to provide inflatable boats in low-lying areas that witness waterlogging each year during monsoon.
New Delhi, India – March 03: A poster "Freedom for Kasmir " put up on social science department wall at JNU in New Delhi, India on March 03, 2017 . HT Photo/ Ravi Choudhary
New Delhi, India – March 03: A poster "Freedom for Kasmir " put up on social science department wall at JNU in New Delhi, India on March 03, 2017 . HT Photo/ Ravi Choudhary

NGO writes to L-G, Kejriwal over ‘illegal construction’ in JNU

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2017 12:25 AM IST
The letter, a copy of which is with HT, alleges that the university has “concealed these material facts” both from the Supreme Court-empowered committee as well as from the apex court while seeking approval to fell 113 trees for construction of multiple buildings.
DDA flats in Rohini in north Delhi. DDA is offering flats of all sizes across sectors here.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
DDA flats in Rohini in north Delhi. DDA is offering flats of all sizes across sectors here.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

DDA housing scheme: Check here for location and cost of 12,000 flats on offer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2017 12:49 PM IST
DDA has launched a housing scheme to sell HIG, MIG, LIG and Janta flats located across Delhi. Interested buyers can apply for a flat by August 9.
The monsoon officially hit New Delhi on Sunday , two days behind schedule. More rain is forecast over the next two days.(HT PHOTO)
The monsoon officially hit New Delhi on Sunday , two days behind schedule. More rain is forecast over the next two days.(HT PHOTO)

Monsoon finally arrives in Delhi, more rain forecast this week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2017 02:35 PM IST
Despite the wettest June in a decade, the monsoon arrived two days late in Delhi. The Met office has forecast that rain will continue for the next two days before it gets lighter.
Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan addressing protesters who gathered for #NotInMyCampaign at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan addressing protesters who gathered for #NotInMyCampaign at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

‘Spark lit, silence broken’: What next for #NotInMyName protest?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ritam Halder
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2017 08:36 PM IST
Thousands gathered across India to support #NotInMyName campaign launched in protest against attacks on Muslims in the name of cow protection.
A protest in being organised in five cities to condemn the alleged lynching of a 16-year-old boy, Junaid.
A protest in being organised in five cities to condemn the alleged lynching of a 16-year-old boy, Junaid.

#notinmyname: Thousands to protest today against lynching of Muslims, Dalits

Hindustan Times | By Naina Arora and Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 07:22 AM IST
A citizen protest Not In My Name is being organised in five cities to protest against the lynching of 16-year-old Junaid, who was allegedly stabbed to death while returning home from Eid shopping.
A new ‘Parking Policy for Delhi’, approved by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, proposes hiked charges for daytime parking and for peak hours. The rates will vary during weekdays and weekends.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A new ‘Parking Policy for Delhi’, approved by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, proposes hiked charges for daytime parking and for peak hours. The rates will vary during weekdays and weekends.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Now, pay more for parking at Connaught Place in central Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2017 10:43 AM IST
A new ‘Parking Policy for Delhi’, approved by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, proposes hiked charges for daytime parking and for peak hours. The rates will vary during weekdays and weekends.
Students enjoy the rain showers near India Gate on Wednesday. Though overnight showers came to a halt in the morning, the rain resumed again in the afternoon giving Delhiites a pleasant surprise.(Arun Sharma / HT Photo)
Students enjoy the rain showers near India Gate on Wednesday. Though overnight showers came to a halt in the morning, the rain resumed again in the afternoon giving Delhiites a pleasant surprise.(Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

In pics: Delhi soaks in third day of pre-monsoon showers

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2017 09:46 AM IST
The national capital received another bout of showers on Wednesday afternoon bringing the minimum temperatures five degrees below normal.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and LieutenantGeneral Anil Baijal during International Day of Yoga celebrations at Connaught Place on Wednesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and LieutenantGeneral Anil Baijal during International Day of Yoga celebrations at Connaught Place on Wednesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Watch Baijal, Kejriwal in sync as 10000 people join Yoga Day event in Delhi’s CP

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2017 10:26 PM IST
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, L-G Anil Baijal, Unions ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel and presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind were present at the event at Connaught Place on Wednesday.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and LieutenantGeneral Anil Baijal during International Day of Yoga celebrations at Connaught Place on Wednesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and LieutenantGeneral Anil Baijal during International Day of Yoga celebrations at Connaught Place on Wednesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Watch Baijal, Kejriwal in sync as 10000 people join Yoga Day event in Delhi’s CP

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2017 11:10 PM IST
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, L-G Anil Baijal, Unions ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel and presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind were present at the event at Connaught Place on Wednesday.
Connaught Place bore a deserted look on Tuesday as the inner circle was closed to traffic.(Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)
Connaught Place bore a deserted look on Tuesday as the inner circle was closed to traffic.(Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)

Yoga Day: Connaught Place bears a deserted look as inner circle shut for traffic

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2017 05:58 PM IST
Roads in Inner Circle were closed for traffic on Tuesday and will be opened by 11.30am on Wednesday. Rajiv Chowk metro station will also be closed till 8.30am on Wednesday.
Shoddy work and multiple leakages in this Delhi Jal Board (DJB) water pipeline turned a development project into a headache.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Shoddy work and multiple leakages in this Delhi Jal Board (DJB) water pipeline turned a development project into a headache.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Leakage in new water pipe bane for residents in North Delhi’s Beriwala Bagh

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder & Vrinda Aggarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2017 07:20 AM IST
Residents allege that the pipeline has been wrongly laid, has developed cracks and is deteriorating daily. It is also severely affecting the water supply, they added.
The council has also been painting yoga-themed graffiti on the walls of prominent locations in areas under its jurisdiction.
The council has also been painting yoga-themed graffiti on the walls of prominent locations in areas under its jurisdiction.

New Delhi Municipal Council gears up for International Yoga Day with graffiti, sessions

HIndustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2017 11:29 PM IST
As part of the NDMC’s preparations, different yoga and spiritual organisations are managing the morning sessions along with council officials.
Almost 350 of budget hotels in the city have been sent closure notices again by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee because of absence of proper effluent and sewage treatment plants.(HT FILE)
Almost 350 of budget hotels in the city have been sent closure notices again by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee because of absence of proper effluent and sewage treatment plants.(HT FILE)

Relief for Delhi’s budget hotels as NGT stays pollution board’s shutdown notice

Hindustan Times | By Ritam Halder, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2017 06:54 PM IST
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee had sent closure notice to budget hotels that run without proper effluent and sewage treatment plants.
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