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

Metro Matters | Delhi’s pedestrianisation projects deserve another push

  • Ensuring walkability in a car-crazy city is no easy task. It requires a consolidated effort to ensure proper implementation, maintenance and scaling up of pedestrian projects
The projects at Ajmal Khan Road and Chandni Chowk — two of the oldest and the most congested shopping streets in Delhi — created hope that more markets would be inspired to go motor vehicle-free. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The projects at Ajmal Khan Road and Chandni Chowk — two of the oldest and the most congested shopping streets in Delhi — created hope that more markets would be inspired to go motor vehicle-free. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 03:17 PM IST
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Metro Matters | In Delhi, creating open spaces for every neighbourhood

  • Nearly one-fourth of Delhi is green, but it has to find ways to ensure a more equitable distribution of open areas for residents to have access to quality outdoor spaces locally
Indeed, Delhi is quite green for a tightly packed metropolis. (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Indeed, Delhi is quite green for a tightly packed metropolis. (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 02:23 PM IST
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Metro Matters | The need to declutter Delhi

  • Time agencies and communities came together to enforce parking rules and declutter Delhi
While most other Indian cities would struggle with where to start, Delhi already has a roadmap in place(HT Archive)
While most other Indian cities would struggle with where to start, Delhi already has a roadmap in place(HT Archive)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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Metro Matters | Needed: Systemic changes to prevent air emergencies in Delhi-NCR

Temporary measures, experts say, are meant to prevent any further build-up in the air pollution levels and only buy time for the wind to pick up
Fundamentally, air pollution cannot be brushed off as a seasonal woe where the union and state governments only begin to react after the winter smog starts setting in (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Fundamentally, air pollution cannot be brushed off as a seasonal woe where the union and state governments only begin to react after the winter smog starts setting in (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 01:55 PM IST
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Metro Matters | To defeat dengue, Delhi needs a multipronged approach

The disease burden can be reduced with disciplined urbanisation, provision of basic amenities, public participation and sustained prevention mechanisms
Rainfall, humidity and temperature determine dengue transmission dynamics not just in Delhi but all across the world where the disease is endemic (Hindustan Times)
Rainfall, humidity and temperature determine dengue transmission dynamics not just in Delhi but all across the world where the disease is endemic (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:13 PM IST
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Delhi’s pollution action plan stuck in fine print and protocol, needs relook

  • Experts said these protocols need a relook to make pollution control measures pre-emptive and not reactive as they are now.
A worker sprays water on trees as part of efforts to curb air pollution, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
A worker sprays water on trees as part of efforts to curb air pollution, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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Metro Matters | Delhi must make reduce, reuse fashionable again

Reduce, repair and reuse are not alien concepts. These are traditional practices that just need refurbishing to make them fashionable again
Resource efficiency itself comes with multiple benefits. According to the 2019 draft national policy, it saves cost by reducing material use, reduces social conflicts due to mining, increases job opportunities and reduces climate change and environmental degradation. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Resource efficiency itself comes with multiple benefits. According to the 2019 draft national policy, it saves cost by reducing material use, reduces social conflicts due to mining, increases job opportunities and reduces climate change and environmental degradation. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 12:03 PM IST
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Metro Matters | Green infra is the health insurance Delhi needs

It took extreme rain to offer relief from Delhi’s high pollution in Delhi. But two wrongs do not make a right and the capital must act now to safeguard against these human-induced threats
Controlling farm fires and baseline local pollution will still require combined administrative action and citizen participation from Delhi and its neighbouring states (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Controlling farm fires and baseline local pollution will still require combined administrative action and citizen participation from Delhi and its neighbouring states (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:03 PM IST
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Delhi Master Plan 2041: People, processes, accountability key to implementation

A plan is only as good as its execution. Here is how to ensure that MPD-2041 does not meet the fate of its three predecessors, which mostly remained on paper
Representational image. (HT Archive)
Representational image. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 06:34 PM IST
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Delhi Master Plans: The price of under-implementation since 1962

The capital’s long wait continues as unrealised provisions keep resurfacing in successive plans over six decades
DDA, the primary landowner and developer of the city, has not been able to provide enough affordable housing. A large number of people has settled for homes in unplanned unauthorised colonies built in violation of zoning regulations, mostly on land meant for agricultural use. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
DDA, the primary landowner and developer of the city, has not been able to provide enough affordable housing. A large number of people has settled for homes in unplanned unauthorised colonies built in violation of zoning regulations, mostly on land meant for agricultural use. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 04, 2021 05:55 PM IST
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Delhi lost over 300 trees in three weeks. Experts explain what needs to be done

Officials and experts HT spoke to pointed at a range of factors, from the rampaging winds to poor canopy management and weakened roots that brought down so many trees
Amaltas trees in full bloom in Dwarka, New Delhi, on May 26. (Shivam Saxena/HT photo)
Amaltas trees in full bloom in Dwarka, New Delhi, on May 26. (Shivam Saxena/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2021 07:48 AM IST
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With Class 12 board exams uncertain, how will students move to colleges?

The time to take a decision that will affect the lives and future of hundreds of thousands of students is approaching, even as all stakeholders — the government, the board, schools, parents and students — grapple with what is at stake while fighting the most severe health crisis India has witnessed ever
Students celebrate their result in the CBSE Class 12 board exams 2020. (File photo)
Students celebrate their result in the CBSE Class 12 board exams 2020. (File photo)
Updated on May 19, 2021 07:42 AM IST
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‘We’ve to learn to live with Covid-19’, says Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia

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.
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)
Updated on May 05, 2020 06:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySweta Goswami and Shivani Singh

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

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
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)
Updated on Mar 16, 2020 08:03 AM IST
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Delhi must stand together to fight the forces of division

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.
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)
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 02:46 PM IST
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Delhi Elections 2020: ‘Only one party should rule MCDs, state and Centre for triple-engine governance’: Prakash Javadekar

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.”
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)
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 05:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShivani Singh and Risha Chitlangia

If 2019 was about policies, let 2020 be about delivery

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 04:15 PM IST
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Reclaiming the streets, reinventing a capital

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 01:39 PM IST
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A Delhi legend unravels: A Partition tragedy of royals who were not

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 25, 2019 11:43 PM IST
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Let’s fight air pollution every day of the year

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 18, 2019 09:51 AM IST
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Fight stubble fires, curb local pollutants

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 10:59 AM IST
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Diwali: Another test for Delhi’s right to breathe

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”.
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)
Updated on Oct 21, 2019 02:15 PM IST
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Delhi’s parking policy needs public support

Right now, the biggest share of Delhi’s road space is hogged by more than 10 million cars and two-wheelers.
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)
Published on Sep 30, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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Fix basics while imposing new rules for road safety

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 16, 2019 11:25 AM IST
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India’s no first use principle is a legacy that must be preserved

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
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 02, 2019 06:53 PM IST
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Fight against dengue begins at our home

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 02, 2019 07:40 AM IST
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New theme for Delhi parks: biodiversity

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 21, 2020 10:33 AM IST
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Stop wasting water even if you can afford to pay for it

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 12:03 PM IST
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In a hectic city, a little care can still save lives

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 03:11 PM IST
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Why we must grow grass under our feet

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 05, 2019 03:13 PM IST
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