Vatsala Shrangi joined HT Editorial team on July 2, 2018 as Principal Correspondent. She covers Environment, Civic bodies and the Social Sector.
Articles by Vatsala Shrangi
EDMC to levy waste penalty
EDMC mayor Shyam Sunder Aggarwal, however, said he has not seen the order yet and that he is not in favour of the decision.
Published on Sep 22, 2021 12:49 AM IST
From 2022, not separating household waste will invite fines in east Delhi
According to civic officials, the penalty ranges from ₹200 (for individual households) to ₹10,000 (for gated communities) and ₹20,000 (for market associations). The penalties will be imposed by the civic body under the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016, and the by-laws under its jurisdiction.
Published on Sep 22, 2021 12:30 AM IST
Sabzi Mandi building collapse: Fresh North MCD survey identifies 18 ‘high risk’ structures in Malkaganj municipal ward
“After a fresh survey, we identified around 18 buildings that either needed to be demolished or required major retrofitting for providing structural stability. Two of the buildings have already been vacated for demolition, and a portion of another one has already been demolished,” said a senior corporation official, who asked not to be named.
Published on Sep 20, 2021 11:59 PM IST
East Delhi civic body unveils policy to allow open-air dining at eateries
Senior officials confirmed that the EDMC mayor has given the policy an anticipatory approval, after which the department issued the order.
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 03:36 AM IST
South MCD to throw open Bharat Darshan park in Punjabi Bagh within 2 weeks
The park, spread over an area of 8.5 acres and being built at a cost of ₹14 crore, was slated to be opened by mid-September but work was halted due to heavy rainfall in the last month.
Updated on Sep 18, 2021 11:50 PM IST
Delhi: 80% commercial vehicles using RFID tags to enter the Capital, say SDMC officials
Civic officials said it will have a marked effect on reducing pollution in the city, especially during winter, as the technology has resulted in shorter queues at toll booths.
Published on Sep 17, 2021 11:50 PM IST
Delhi’s south civic body empanels 13 agencies to lift inert waste from Okhla landfill
Until now, the civic body has been struggling to handle the inert waste (non-reactive soil like material) which was building up during the process of bio-mining
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 12:36 AM IST
North MCD to conduct fresh survey in Sabzi Mandi to identify dangerous buildings
North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s commissioner Sanjay Goel has ordered an inquiry after a four-storey building collapsed in Sabzi Mandi area. The North MCD has also announced a fresh survey in the area to identify dangerous structures.
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 11:34 AM IST
First leopard spotted during Asola sanctuary census
The census was launched in July this year by Delhi forest department and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). The image of the leopard was captured on August 30. Deputy conservator of forests said steps have been taken to secure the animal as well as surrounding areas such as Sangam Vihar, Deoli and Tughalaqabad.
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 03:47 AM IST
East Delhi civic body launches portal for registration of pet dogs
East Corporation officials said that residents can register their pet dogs by clicking on the link https://mcdonline.nic.in/vtlpetedmc/web/citizen/info and deposit the fee prescribed through the application
Updated on Sep 09, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Delhi civic bodies dispose waste at landfills, get more than they bargained for
Civic bodies have deployed trommel machines at the three landfills in Delhi to segregate the waste and decrease pressure on the sites
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 02:10 AM IST
IMD forecasts more intense rains, Delhi headed for wettest monsoon in a decade
Compared to the normal monsoon rain 552.6mm, Delhi has already had a 79% surplus -- 988.4mm rain so far, shows IMD data. Monsoon in Delhi is officially considered between June 1 and September 30. It has also exceeded the monsoon season’s average rainfall of 648.9mm.
Updated on Sep 05, 2021 02:29 AM IST
New Delhi: Water, Water everywhere
Besides the regular waterlogging-prone areas, Wednesday saw areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council such as Connaught Place, and Chanakyapuri, where embassies are located, going under rainwater.
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 05:47 AM IST
ByVatsala Shrangi, Pankhuri Yadav, New Delhi
When it rains in the national capital, the buck doesn’t stop anywhere
City residents described the situation as the “same story repeating over the years”, and experts said that Delhi’s civic infrastructure has not been upgraded commensurate with the increase in population.
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 04:32 AM IST
112.1mm of rain in 24 hours is heaviest Delhi has seen in September in 19 years
Delhi on Wednesday received 112
Published on Sep 02, 2021 02:04 AM IST
Delhi: Rain sinks Capital, again
As rush hour began, arterial stretches were jammed as waist-deep waters disabled many vehicles. Delhi Traffic Police said in all, 90 locations had heavy waterlogging.
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 12:54 AM IST
ByPankhuri Yadav, Vatsala Shrangi, New Delhi
Delhi receives highest August rainfall in 12 years, leads to waterlogging
IMD rainfall data shows that the Safdarjung observatory, considered representative of Delhi’s weather, received 112.1mm rainfall between 8.30am on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday
Published on Sep 01, 2021 11:58 AM IST
RFID tags a must for all commercial vehicles entering Delhi from Tuesday
SDMC issued a similar notice last month, and the officials were stopping vehicles without RFID tags or telling them to return.
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 05:35 AM IST
A month of weather fluctuations for Delhi
IMD data shows that over the past 10 years, only August 2007 saw just seven rainy days while the rest of the years had at least more than 10 rainy days in the month.
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:38 AM IST
Delhi: South MCD restores vertical garden below Africa Avenue flyover
A total of 970 plants of eight different species -- ficus panda, kamal cactus, yuca, raphis palm, sansaevieria, Arica palm, desi palm and ficus benjamina -- have been planted in the space over this month.
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 03:47 PM IST
North Delhi Civic body exempts houses of less than 50sqm area from property tax net
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday exempted housing units measuring up to 50 square metres from paying property tax, a move that officials said will benefit over three lakh housing units under its jurisdiction
Published on Aug 27, 2021 11:49 PM IST
South MCD kicks off process for setting up green-friendly landfill at Okhla
The engineered landfill on a 32-acre plot is estimated to cost ₹55.5 crore and is scheduled to be completed within 18 months
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 01:03 AM IST
Monsoon enters third break, little rain in store for Delhi till August 28
Delhi received the season’s heaviest spell of rain on August 21 (138.8mm), which was also the most rain in a single day of the month since 2007.
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 02:30 AM IST
No more curbs on operational hours, restaurants, markets hope to recoup losses
Aiming to recover the losses sustained during the multiple lockdowns and restrictions, many associated with the hospitality sector said they hope to see their businesses returning to normal over the coming days.
Updated on Aug 25, 2021 02:00 AM IST
Record single-day August rain for Delhi, highest in 14 years
The heavy showers and thunder activity that hit the city early Saturday morning submerged key stretches and major underpasses, including Minto Bridge in central Delhi, throwing traffic out of gear.
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 11:59 PM IST
Authorities’ tall claims go under water again as rain brings Delhi to its knees
The Minto Bridge, which is an annual pain point for the Capital, was finally flooded on Saturday despite the authorities putting in place a new drainage mechanism there which had kept it dry during the rains over the past couple of months.
Updated on Aug 22, 2021 12:19 AM IST
ByPankhuri Yadav and Vatsala Shrangi, New Delhi
Monsoon breaks pause in Delhi, but IMD says respite short-lived
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the city may get another “intense” spell of rain on Saturday.
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 02:03 AM IST
Longest monsoon pause in city in last four years: IMD
New Delhi: The monsoon entered its longest break phase in the past four years on Thursday with no rain in the last 10 days, officials of the India Meteorological Department said, and added that it is likely to end on Friday night
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 11:36 PM IST
South Delhi Municipal Corporation to procure electric sweeping machines
In a first, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to purchase four electric mechanical sweeping machines at an estimated cost of ₹4, 72,50,000 before the onset of winter, when air pollution emerges as a major concern--a proposal for which has already been cleared by the civic body’s standing committee, said officials aware of the development
Published on Aug 18, 2021 12:09 AM IST
ByVatsala Shrangi, New Delhi:
Dry spell set to end, IMD predicts rain from August 20
According to weather experts, a break monsoon is a phase of the south-west monsoon, when there is a stoppage in the monsoon rain. This pause could last a couple of days or even extend for a fortnight.
Published on Aug 17, 2021 06:54 AM IST