Vibha Sharma covers municipal bodies in Delhi. A journalist for almost a decade, she has also worked for the hyper-local editions of Hindustan Times, covering civic concerns in south Delhi, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad.
Articles by Vibha Sharma
The system has been installed at NP Bengali Girls Senior Secondary School, Gole Market on a pilot basis.
The redevelopment plan for Rajpath includes rejuvenation of water channel, installation of fountains, redevelopment of water bodies, building a parking facility for 1,000 vehicles, kiosks, water dispensers and other utilities.
The changes, which will be implemented from April 1, are estimated increase revenue collection for SDMC by Rs 80 crore annually, senior SDMC officials said.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVibha Sharma, New Delhi
NDMC officials said the ‘panic button’ will help people contact officials at the civic agency’s command centre in cases of emergency.
Hindustan TImes, New Delhi | ByVibha Sharma, New Delhi
Delhi’s three municipal corporations have been sealing illegal industrial units running from residential or non-conforming areas on the instructions of the Supreme Court.
As of now, a total of 300 smart bikes have already been put out for public use at 25 stations, spread over the entire NDMC area.
Nine months ago, NDMC started grooming 90 girls, mostly from underprivileged families, into football players. A look at the project’s progress.
A senior SDMC official said that the order will be implemented on priority. A compliance report will also be submitted after completion of the task, he said.
Representatives of deliberative wings of the civic agencies said the Delhi assembly cleared the report in a hurry to avoid payment of funds to the north, east and south corporations as recommended by the fourth commission.
The issue of regulating weekly markets in north Delhi was raised during a meeting called to discuss budget proposals presented by the north corporation commissioner for the financial year 2019-20.
Residents of east Delhi now need to shell out four times the current rate to park their vehicles at East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (EDMC) parking lots, officials said.
Commercial activities on 2,138 streets in Delhi were regularised on the condition that civic agencies would provide parking facility, upgrade civic infrastructure. But rampant flouting of norms for 12 years led to the sealing drive on such roads.
On March 8 this year, 350 shops at Delhi’s Amar Colony’s double-storey Suit Market were sealed on a single day by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee’s directions.
As of now, a total of 300 smart bikes have already been put under public use at 25 stations, spread over the entire NDMC area and 200 additional smart bikes will be added in the fleet by the end of December this year, officials said.
There is ambiguity over the MPD-2021 amendments. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and civic agencies say properties can be regularised based on the amendments. Committee members say the matter is subjudice.
Eleven years ago, Delhi first witnessed large-scale sealing and demolition when more than 5,000 properties were locked down in 2006.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRisha Chitlangia and Vibha Sharma
The park, spread across six acres and located close to the Sarai Kale Khan Interstate Bus Terminus, will have replicas of all the seven wonders of world
The first such compost pit to dispose sanitary pads has been constructed in NP Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Mandir Marg.
The report compiled by the office of the municipal chief auditor of north corporation, on the directions of the standing committee, pointed out that the project, which could have been completed in five years, took an additional 18 years ( 23 in total) and resulted in a 300% escalation in project cost. The original estimate was Rs 177.7 crore but the final cost was Rs 724.2 crore.
The decision to carry out the sealing drive against polluting units in outer Delhi’s Tikri, Mundka and Nangloi was taken on the direction of Environment Pollution Control Committee (EPCA) after reports of rising pollution levels in these areas due to open burning of plastic waste.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has also pinned hopes on its door-to-door drive to identify tax defaulters. This year’s budget didn’t have new announcements as the focus remained on the completion of previous projects.
There are about 53 local markets that fall in the ‘commercial use zone’ category, SDMC said. Trader associations of these markets such as Defence Colony, Greater Kailash II and Sunder Nagar now plan to seek judicial intervention on the issue.
With just a week left for the presentation of their annual budgets for next financial year, the north, south and east Delhi Municipal Corporations are finding it hard to allocate funds under various heads since the Delhi government has not released sufficient money under plan head this year, said MCD officials.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has completed the tendering process for phase one and work is likely to start from January. It will cost the NDMC ₹90 crore, however, the budget for phase two will be finalised next year.
The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee on encroachments and violations of building laws has also directed the north corporation to take action against the owners or occupiers of single-storey flats in Vijay Nagar in north Delhi for violation of land use.
The RFID system facilitates automatic deduction of toll tax from the vehicle owner’s account without having to stop the vehicle at border points. The sensors read the tags on vehicles and deduct the toll amount from their e-purses.
An SDMC official said renovation work is still going on at Delhi’s New Friends Colony market and will take another six months to complete. “There is a detailed project, costing Rs 1.5 crore for beautification of the whole market and to make it disabled-friendly,” the official said.
Apart from sealing 30 properties, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) replaced the seal of 38 properties — sealed in March — as the seals has either got damaged or become lose.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will start giving work at Yashwant Place (Chanakyapuri) and Khanna Market (Lodhi Colony) from January next year, officials said.
The move, however, may cause friction between the monitoring committee and the civic body with a member of the SC-appointed panel saying that pandals cannot be allowed at all in motels and farmhouses as per the Master Plan.