Shivani Singh

Shivani Singh

Shivani Singh leads the Delhi Metro team for Hindustan Times. A journalist for two decades, she writes about cities and urban concerns. She has reported extensively on issues of governance, administrative and social reforms, and education.

Articles by Shivani Singh
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia during an interview with Hindustan Times on the coronavirus disease.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia during an interview with Hindustan Times on the coronavirus disease.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

‘We’ve to learn to live with Covid-19’, says Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia

By Sweta Goswami and Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 06:47 AM IST
The long-term after-effects of the lockdown are going to be more dangerous because there will be unemployment; there won’t be any liquidity in the market because of which businesses won’t grow, says Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
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As the number of coronavirus cases rise in India, we are likely to be far less in control when we step outdoors, where it is a bigger challenge to maintain distance from other people or to avoid touching things that others have already laid their hands on.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
As the number of coronavirus cases rise in India, we are likely to be far less in control when we step outdoors, where it is a bigger challenge to maintain distance from other people or to avoid touching things that others have already laid their hands on.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

In face of coronavirus: Avoid panic, slow down, keep distance, wash well

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 08:03 AM IST
For now, civic agencies making a bulk purchase of disinfectants and sodium hypochlorite, a disinfectant used in hospitals, to clean toilets as well as offices. One wonders why the administration waited until an epidemic outbreak to undertake measures that are anyway essential for safeguarding public health
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A girl is seen reading a book inside DRS Public school following violent clashes in North East Delhi over the new citizenship law, at Shiv Vihar, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A girl is seen reading a book inside DRS Public school following violent clashes in North East Delhi over the new citizenship law, at Shiv Vihar, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi must stand together to fight the forces of division

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 02:46 PM IST
More than 2,700 people were killed in the city in the aftermath of the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh security guards on 31 October 1984.
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Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi elections in-charge, Prakash Javadekar said the party’s main poll plank is the work done by the central government.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi elections in-charge, Prakash Javadekar said the party’s main poll plank is the work done by the central government.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Elections 2020: ‘Only one party should rule MCDs, state and Centre for triple-engine governance’: Prakash Javadekar

By Shivani Singh and Risha Chitlangia | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 05:44 AM IST
Ahead of February 8 Delhi assembly polls, BJP’s Delhi elections in-charge Prakash Javadekar claimed, “we are getting a full majority. People will vote for us for based on the work done by the Modi government and the experience people have had with the Delhi government in the last five years.”
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An aerial view of Connaught place during clear weather in New Delhi on January 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
An aerial view of Connaught place during clear weather in New Delhi on January 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

If 2019 was about policies, let 2020 be about delivery

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 04:15 PM IST
Policymaking was the crucial first step in addressing pressing concerns in Delhi. As we move into a new a decade, the real test, however, lies in the enforcement of these schemes.
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For a little over three hours on the morning of November 24, residents of Greater Kailash-1, an upscale neighbourhood in south Delhi, removed vehicles on a stretch where children and adults cycled, played badminton and table tennis, performed yoga and Zumba.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
For a little over three hours on the morning of November 24, residents of Greater Kailash-1, an upscale neighbourhood in south Delhi, removed vehicles on a stretch where children and adults cycled, played badminton and table tennis, performed yoga and Zumba.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Reclaiming the streets, reinventing a capital

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 01:39 PM IST
The Raahgiri Day, launched in 2013 to reclaim road space for pedestrians and cyclists, and promote physical activities, was organised in Connaught Place, Dwarka, Rohini and Shahdara, but it failed to become a regular feature in Delhi. In neighbouring Gurugram, however, the programme completed six years on Sunday.
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Wilayat Mahal (left) and her children received visitors in a waiting room of the New Delhi Railway Station in 1975.(N Thyagarajan / HT Archives)
Wilayat Mahal (left) and her children received visitors in a waiting room of the New Delhi Railway Station in 1975.(N Thyagarajan / HT Archives)

A Delhi legend unravels: A Partition tragedy of royals who were not

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 11:43 PM IST
It is both unreal and shattering to realise what culminated in Delhi’s Ridge forest seven long decades after Independence was, in all likelihood, yet another Partition tragedy.
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For some perspective about ‘prolonged exposure’, remember Delhi’s air quality has been monitored as ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ or ‘severe’ on 206 days in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 247 in 2016.(HT Photo)
For some perspective about ‘prolonged exposure’, remember Delhi’s air quality has been monitored as ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ or ‘severe’ on 206 days in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 247 in 2016.(HT Photo)

Let’s fight air pollution every day of the year

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 09:51 AM IST
While the WHO recommends annual average PM 2.5 level be kept under 10 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3), India’s national air quality standards set the safe annual average limit at 40 µg/m3 and a 24-hour standard of 60 µg/m3. Last year, Delhi’s annual average PM 2.5 was 115 µg/m3.
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Stubble-burning is restricted to a couple of weeks in late October-early November when it darkens Delhi’s skies, pushing pollution to hazardous levels. (Representative Image)(HT File Photo/Gurpreet Singh)
Stubble-burning is restricted to a couple of weeks in late October-early November when it darkens Delhi’s skies, pushing pollution to hazardous levels. (Representative Image)(HT File Photo/Gurpreet Singh)

Fight stubble fires, curb local pollutants

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 10:59 AM IST
The authorities keep claiming incremental progress. The Delhi government says it has reduced air pollution by 25% in four years. Even Punjab concedes that stubble-burning is part of the problem and seeks central assistance to find a permanent solution in consultation with Delhi and Haryana.
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The air is already thick with emissions and dust generated locally and smoke from the crop residue burning in the neighbouring states makes it worse.(AP Photo/representative image)
The air is already thick with emissions and dust generated locally and smoke from the crop residue burning in the neighbouring states makes it worse.(AP Photo/representative image)

Diwali: Another test for Delhi’s right to breathe

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 02:15 PM IST
The drop in temperature and slow wind-speed traps the toxic air, turning Delhi and National Capital Region into what is often described as a “gas chamber”.
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Under the new rules, on-street parking fee for the first hour will be at least twice as much as off-street parking.(HT File Photo)
Under the new rules, on-street parking fee for the first hour will be at least twice as much as off-street parking.(HT File Photo)

Delhi’s parking policy needs public support

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2019 10:16 AM IST
Right now, the biggest share of Delhi’s road space is hogged by more than 10 million cars and two-wheelers.
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Traffic police personnel issue challans to traffic rules violators at Maharana Pratap Chowk, in Gurugram.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Traffic police personnel issue challans to traffic rules violators at Maharana Pratap Chowk, in Gurugram.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Fix basics while imposing new rules for road safety

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2019 11:25 AM IST
Hopefully, the fine amounts will not be drastically slashed for offences that are linked directly to road safety. Last year, as many as four persons were killed in road fatalities every day in Delhi.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)

India’s no first use principle is a legacy that must be preserved

UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:53 PM IST
The time to abandon the NFU policy has not come yet. Instead, India should work for a global treaty on NFU that includes all the de jure and de facto nuclear weapon powers
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inspects his home for stagnant water to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases during the launch of a special campaign against dengue, in New Delhi, Sunday.(PTI File Photo)
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inspects his home for stagnant water to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases during the launch of a special campaign against dengue, in New Delhi, Sunday.(PTI File Photo)

Fight against dengue begins at our home

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 07:40 AM IST
While Delhi needs to scale up the Mohalla clinic model for good primary healthcare and provision for more hospital beds to take the patient load in case of an outbreak, medical infrastructure alone cannot curtail these diseases.
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Aravalli Biodiversity Park hosts 1,304 species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and moths. It also boasts of the highest density of snakes in Delhi.(HT Photo)
Aravalli Biodiversity Park hosts 1,304 species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and moths. It also boasts of the highest density of snakes in Delhi.(HT Photo)

New theme for Delhi parks: biodiversity

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Till mid-2000, the landscape where the Aravalli Biodiversity Park stands now was a mining area infested with an invasive exotic plant called Prosopis juliflora or vilayati kikar.
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While incentivising those who save water, the city must also penalise those who waste.(Shutterstock)
While incentivising those who save water, the city must also penalise those who waste.(Shutterstock)

Stop wasting water even if you can afford to pay for it

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 12:03 PM IST
For saving water at home, it is up to the citizens to curb daily wastage and misuse of water even if they pay for it.
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Delhi Metro officials say that the frontline staff and security personnel have been asked to look out for passengers who appear visibly distressed.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Metro officials say that the frontline staff and security personnel have been asked to look out for passengers who appear visibly distressed.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

In a hectic city, a little care can still save lives

By Shivani Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 03:11 PM IST
To help desperate citizens change their mind and not jump in front of running trains, the Metro has launched an empathically worded social media campaign called #NeverGiveUp.
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Vehicles wade through a waterlogged street after heavy rain, near Shankar Vihar NH 48, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged street after heavy rain, near Shankar Vihar NH 48, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Why we must grow grass under our feet

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 03:13 PM IST
At 98%, Delhi has the highest level of urbanisation anywhere in India. This means heavy concretisation and little open space that can absorb the rain and replenish the precious aquifers.
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Women waiting Metro train arrive their destination at Noida Sector 15.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Women waiting Metro train arrive their destination at Noida Sector 15.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)

Free ride for women welcome, but fix city’s transport system

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 07:26 AM IST
Affordability of public transport is a key factor that determines how people, especially women, use it. In Delhi, one-third of working women use buses and the Metro.
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A tree on a footpath, near Vikas Minar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT file)
A tree on a footpath, near Vikas Minar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT file)

For Delhi to survive, its trees must breathe free

By Shivani Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 07:26 AM IST
The canopies, heavy with fresh green leaves, are not only a visual delight but they also shelter pedestrians from the blazing sun and the harsh winds.
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In an interview with Hindustan Times, Kejriwal said that with the Congress not standing a chance of winning a single seat in the Capital, an alliance would have been like giving three seats to the BJP.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Kejriwal said that with the Congress not standing a chance of winning a single seat in the Capital, an alliance would have been like giving three seats to the BJP.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

‘Pact with Congress would be same as allying with BJP’: Arvind Kejriwal

By Shivani Singh and Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 12:17 AM IST
The Congress had offered to contest three of Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats, leaving four to the AAP, which wanted the alliance extended to Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh as well .
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during an interview at his residence in New Delhi on Friday, May 10, 2019.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during an interview at his residence in New Delhi on Friday, May 10, 2019.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Better off fighting Delhi polls alone, says Arvind Kejriwal on Congress tie-up

By Shivani Singh and Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 07:31 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said AAP had two options -- fight four of the seven seats and let the Congress contest the remaining three which he is sure the grand old party would have lost.
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The AAP manifesto promises a “beautiful riverfront” and an amusement park in the area surrounding the Signature Bridge.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The AAP manifesto promises a “beautiful riverfront” and an amusement park in the area surrounding the Signature Bridge.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Let rivers be rivers, they make best riverfronts

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 03:28 PM IST
The rejuvenation of the Yamuna is one of the 12 key areas the AAP promises to address. After its gets full statehood, states the manifesto, the Delhi government will align multiple agencies to transform the Yamuna “just like the River Thames in London or the River Cheonggyecheon in Seoul”.
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People enjoying the weather, at India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
People enjoying the weather, at India Gate, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Let us reimagine Delhi’s outdoors, reclaim public spaces

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 10:44 AM IST
The packed lawns of India Gate, the zoo and Purana Qila have people coming from all corners of the city. If the crowds to these places are any indication, Delhi is clearly becoming more outdoorsy.
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Right now, Delhi’s public bus fleet size is at a nine-year low, although the government has promised to roll out 3,000 CNG-powered and 1,000 electric buses in the next couple of years.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
Right now, Delhi’s public bus fleet size is at a nine-year low, although the government has promised to roll out 3,000 CNG-powered and 1,000 electric buses in the next couple of years.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Building public support for congestion pricing

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 08:06 PM IST
Right now, Delhi’s public bus fleet size is at a nine-year low, although the government has promised to roll out 3,000 CNG-powered and 1,000 electric buses in the next couple of years.
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Ghonda Gujran, where the processing plant is coming up, is in the ‘O Zone’ or the Yamuna riverfront.(HT File Photo)
Ghonda Gujran, where the processing plant is coming up, is in the ‘O Zone’ or the Yamuna riverfront.(HT File Photo)

Keep away from water table till waste is sorted

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 07:21 AM IST
Ghonda Gujran, where the processing plant is coming up, is in the “O Zone” or the Yamuna riverfront. Environmentalists are concerned about leachate that can contaminate precious aquifers, posing ecological and health hazards.
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Students walk the most. But too many vehicles, encroachments and poor pedestrian infrastructure often make the walking routes to educational institutions, barring a few university campuses, unsafe.(HT File Photo)
Students walk the most. But too many vehicles, encroachments and poor pedestrian infrastructure often make the walking routes to educational institutions, barring a few university campuses, unsafe.(HT File Photo)

A city safe for children is safe for everyone else

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 06:58 AM IST
Students walk the most. But too many vehicles, encroachments and poor pedestrian infrastructure often make the walking routes to educational institutions, barring a few university campuses, unsafe.
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Every day, the police register an average of 15-19 cases of snatchings in Delhi. Clearly, we are not safe even in the city’s busy public places.(Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Every day, the police register an average of 15-19 cases of snatchings in Delhi. Clearly, we are not safe even in the city’s busy public places.(Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)

Delhi doesn’t deserve to live in fear of snatching

By Shivani Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 12:42 PM IST
The police cite multiple reasons for the occurrence of heinous crimes. Murders and kidnappings are often pre-meditated. House break-ins and robberies usually involve insiders.
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Struggling to save trees, a major victim of the city’s unending construction spree, the Delhi government last week announced a tree transplantation policy. (HT PHOTO)(HT Photo)
Struggling to save trees, a major victim of the city’s unending construction spree, the Delhi government last week announced a tree transplantation policy. (HT PHOTO)(HT Photo)

Transplanting must not justify removing trees

By Shivani Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 09:12 AM IST
The draft policy states that transplantation will be undertaken only when more than 10 trees need removal for a construction project.
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Earlier, the National Transport Policy suggested setting up of a Unified Transport Authority for Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Earlier, the National Transport Policy suggested setting up of a Unified Transport Authority for Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

OPINION | Diversify expertise, streamline command to ensure mobility

By Shivani Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 02:50 PM IST
Multiple agencies — the municipalities, the Delhi government and the ministries of the Union government — control and manage roads, pedestrian facilities, different modes of transport, traffic management, street lights, parking and numerous regulatory functions.
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