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A rag picker collects usable items from a pile of waste at the Bhalswa landfill(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

North MCD plans to ‘dry tomb’ Bhalswa landfill, experts disagree

New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 09:46 PM IST
Officials said the north civic body has adopted the ‘green capping’ or ‘dry tombing of garbage’ model, employed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recently to shrink its Okhla landfill from 58 metres to 38 metres in the eight months since June 2018.
The site where new SDMC’s headquarter is proposed at Ring road near Pargati Maidan in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The site where new SDMC’s headquarter is proposed at Ring road near Pargati Maidan in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Activists protest move to change ‘park’ tag to make way for 33-storey south Delhi body headquarters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Risha Chitlangia
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2019 06:57 AM IST
Civil society members cite the changing land use of green spaces and the location of the proposed building as the problem areas.
A priest at a Lingayat Community Temple in Noida. The Lingayats do not cremate the dead. Instead, the departed are buried in deep pits in a sitting, meditative position.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
A priest at a Lingayat Community Temple in Noida. The Lingayats do not cremate the dead. Instead, the departed are buried in deep pits in a sitting, meditative position.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Delhi’s Lingayat community in search of a burial ground in city

New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2019 05:53 AM IST
Currently, the SDMC has 37 Hindu cremation grounds and four Muslim burial sites, most of which are in Punjabi Bagh, Green Park, Dakshinpuri, Madanpur Khadar and Mongolpuri. Besides, there is one Christian cemetery in Dwarka.
The Delhi high court sought responses from the Delhi government, the founder of Ryan International School, Augustine Francis Pinto, and its trustees on the plea by Ramhet Meena, whose son Devansh’s body was discovered in the water tank at the Vasant Kunj branch on January 3, 2016(Mint Photo)
The Delhi high court sought responses from the Delhi government, the founder of Ryan International School, Augustine Francis Pinto, and its trustees on the plea by Ramhet Meena, whose son Devansh’s body was discovered in the water tank at the Vasant Kunj branch on January 3, 2016(Mint Photo)

High Court notice to South Delhi school on child death

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 11:18 PM IST
Devansh’s parents had earlier filed a police complaint alleging that negligence by the school had caused the death.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday said it will no longer clear construction and demolition waste dumped on PWD roads. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday said it will no longer clear construction and demolition waste dumped on PWD roads. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Won’t pick debris from PWD roads, says SDMC

New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2019 11:43 PM IST
The public works department (PWD) comes under the Delhi government. All roads wider than 60 feet in Delhi are managed by PWD while the civic bodies maintain smaller roads.
At least 25 shops in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony have been served showcause notices for sealing by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).Photo by Zabeeh Afaque(HT Photo)
At least 25 shops in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony have been served showcause notices for sealing by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).Photo by Zabeeh Afaque(HT Photo)

25 shops in Delhi’s Amar Colony get notices

New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2019 01:23 AM IST
Amar Colony saw the biggest sealing drives in March 2018, when 400 of the 700 shops in the area were forced to down shutters under the supervision of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday extended the protection policy, provided under the Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Act, to guest houses, restaurants and other health trades in areas under its jurisdiction till December, 2020. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday extended the protection policy, provided under the Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Act, to guest houses, restaurants and other health trades in areas under its jurisdiction till December, 2020. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

South Delhi guest houses granted protection till December 2020

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2019 01:16 AM IST
The Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Second Amendment Act, 2017, protects construction in areas such as unauthorised-regularised colonies, unauthorised colonies and villages from punitive action.
The south and east civic bodies of Delhi received 205 and 123 complaints through social media accounts. But around 50 per cent of these complaints remain unattended.(HT File Photo)
The south and east civic bodies of Delhi received 205 and 123 complaints through social media accounts. But around 50 per cent of these complaints remain unattended.(HT File Photo)

CPCB issues notices to Delhi traffic cops, DDA, civic bodies on pollution complaints

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Although the overall pollution level in 2018 was lower as compared to previous years, Delhi had encountered the maximum number of severely polluted days in December 2018.
A HT report following a visit to some south Delhi markets had exposed the lack of ramps and other access related infra at shops in these markets.(HT File / Representational Photo)
A HT report following a visit to some south Delhi markets had exposed the lack of ramps and other access related infra at shops in these markets.(HT File / Representational Photo)

SDMC ordered to fix infra for disabled in markets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2019 03:45 PM IST
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.
A view of the traffic jam at Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi, India. Image for representation.(Mohd Zakir/HT FILE PHOTO)
A view of the traffic jam at Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi, India. Image for representation.(Mohd Zakir/HT FILE PHOTO)

Curbing pollution: Four-fold hike in charges in east Delhi’s parking lots

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 07:00 AM IST
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.
A 500-metre stretch on the 60-foot- wide Bhishma Pitamah Marg in south Delhi has a timber and construction material market on one side and big showrooms on the other, due to which the movement of traffic is affected.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
A 500-metre stretch on the 60-foot- wide Bhishma Pitamah Marg in south Delhi has a timber and construction material market on one side and big showrooms on the other, due to which the movement of traffic is affected.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

It’s free-for-all in mixed land use Delhi neighbourhoods

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2018 02:22 PM IST
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.
Large marble slabs wrapped in blue plastic sheets can be seen on both sides of the road in Chhattarpur.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Large marble slabs wrapped in blue plastic sheets can be seen on both sides of the road in Chhattarpur.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

With no clarity on de-sealing process, warehouse owners stuck in no man’s land

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Risha Chitlangia
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2018 01:41 PM IST
Amid protest by traders, nearly 80 marble shops were sealed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation in December last year on the orders of the SC-appointed monitoring committee.
The usually busy Meharchand Market in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony wears a deserted look after a spate of sealing drives in south Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The usually busy Meharchand Market in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony wears a deserted look after a spate of sealing drives in south Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Sealing drive: Uncertainty looms large at Delhi’s refugee markets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 01:38 PM IST
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.
File photo of Timarpur Okhla Waste Management Company Plant at Okhla . Projects including the engineered landfill site at Okhla announced by the SDMC in the previous years are yet to completed.(HT File)
File photo of Timarpur Okhla Waste Management Company Plant at Okhla . Projects including the engineered landfill site at Okhla announced by the SDMC in the previous years are yet to completed.(HT File)

South Delhi civic body proposes to hike tax, cut rebate to increase revenue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2018 12:21 PM IST
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.
According to the proposal by SDMC, the grant given to RWAs for the development of parks, especially engagement of gardeners, will be increased to Rs 13,500 per month per acre from existing Rs 8,000.(HT File)
According to the proposal by SDMC, the grant given to RWAs for the development of parks, especially engagement of gardeners, will be increased to Rs 13,500 per month per acre from existing Rs 8,000.(HT File)

South Delhi corporation to give RWAs more money for park maintenance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 01:02 PM IST
Over 6,800 parks are managed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s horticulture department while 1,104 colony parks are maintained by RWAs and NGOs under the private public partnership scheme.
Ratio Frequency Identification Detection (RFID) system to collect toll tax from commercial vehicles entering Delhi was recommended by the EPCA to decongest the city’s borders and restrict entry of non-destined trucks.(HT File)
Ratio Frequency Identification Detection (RFID) system to collect toll tax from commercial vehicles entering Delhi was recommended by the EPCA to decongest the city’s borders and restrict entry of non-destined trucks.(HT File)

South Delhi civic body’s radio tag project delayed due to construction ban

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2018 12:31 PM IST
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.
A differently- abled person commutes via her wheel chair, at Community Center Market, New Friends Colony, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A differently- abled person commutes via her wheel chair, at Community Center Market, New Friends Colony, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

How disabled-friendly are Delhi markets?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 09:15 AM IST
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.
Delhi traffic police personnel wears an anti-pollution mask to protect himself from the pollution near Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Delhi traffic police personnel wears an anti-pollution mask to protect himself from the pollution near Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Delhi civic bodies intensify drive against pollution, impose Rs 30 lakh in fine

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Owing to rising air pollution, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) used more than 100 vehicles and six tankers sprinkling water on streets falling under its jurisdiction, they said.Twelve mechanical sweeping machines were deployed for sweeping on wider roads after sprinkling water to control dust.
A skywalk, an amphitheatre, automated parking, exhibition halls, recreational areas, and dedicated vending zones are part of a massive Delhi Development Authority (DDA) facelift plan for Nehru Place in south Delhi.(HT Photo)
A skywalk, an amphitheatre, automated parking, exhibition halls, recreational areas, and dedicated vending zones are part of a massive Delhi Development Authority (DDA) facelift plan for Nehru Place in south Delhi.(HT Photo)

Skywalk, new parking in Nehru Place facelift plan

New Delhi | By Risha Chitlangia
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2018 07:16 AM IST
DDA has funds of Rs 182.59 crore and Rs 87.74 crore under the facelift plan for Nehru Place and Bhikhaji Cama, respectively that will include skywalk, amphitheatre, automated parking and a lot more.
The policy comes a month after the SC appointed­monitoring panel issued directions to the civic agencies to seal errant farmhouses and motels.(Vipin Kumar/HT File)
The policy comes a month after the SC appointed­monitoring panel issued directions to the civic agencies to seal errant farmhouses and motels.(Vipin Kumar/HT File)

New rules for farmhouses, motels in South Delhi for hosting events

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 08:02 PM IST
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.
File photo of a sealed shop in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar IV.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)
File photo of a sealed shop in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar IV.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)

South Delhi corporation to start de-sealing process of commercial units from Monday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 10:59 AM IST
The civic agency has prepared a set of guidelines to be followed by the owners whose commercial units were sealed. These will be presented before the civic body’s standing committee for approval on Monday.
A Durga idol being immersed in an artificial pond created by a CR Park Puja Committee in 2017.(HT File Photo)
A Durga idol being immersed in an artificial pond created by a CR Park Puja Committee in 2017.(HT File Photo)

South Delhi corporation to help Durga Puja committees dig artificial ponds for idol immersion

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 10:51 AM IST
The decision to dig artificial ponds for idol immersion during Durga Puja in South Delhi was taken after a meeting of concerned officials.
Notices will be served to owners of identified properties from Wednesday evening.(HT Representative Photo)
Notices will be served to owners of identified properties from Wednesday evening.(HT Representative Photo)

Delhi’s municipal bodies conducts survey to identify ‘illegal’ farmhouses

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2018 03:43 AM IST
The north and south Delhi municipal corporations, on the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee’s directions, have launched a drive to identify farmhouses and motels that have come up in violation of land-use norms.
Last year, sanitation workers in east Delhi went on an indefinite strike over issues such as not getting salaries.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Last year, sanitation workers in east Delhi went on an indefinite strike over issues such as not getting salaries.(HT FILE PHOTO)

SDMC sanitation workers not getting EPF for over a year, says Cong leader

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 01:51 AM IST
EPF is a mandatory contribution made by an individual as well as her employer every month, as per the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Act, 1952.
The petition said that Delhi was not in a position to afford more felling of trees. Sonu Mehta/HT FILE
The petition said that Delhi was not in a position to afford more felling of trees. Sonu Mehta/HT FILE

Need to make compensatory planting must before nod to cut trees, Delhi govt told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2018 02:05 AM IST
The plea argued that trees should not be cut since compensatory afforestation was not viable in Delhi, a city that has been facing acute water shortage.
Traffic jam at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, in Gurgaon, India, on Wednesday, August 07, 2013.(HT File Photo)
Traffic jam at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, in Gurgaon, India, on Wednesday, August 07, 2013.(HT File Photo)

Smart cameras to identify toll tax defaulters in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2018 03:13 AM IST
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to strengthen its ongoing radio frequency identification device (RFID) project by using high-definition cameras that can spot fleeing vehicles.
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju with BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi during 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' campaign in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept 15, 2018.(PTI)
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju with BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi during 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' campaign in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept 15, 2018.(PTI)

Delhi’s civic agencies launch fortnight-long cleanliness drive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 03:37 AM IST
Civic agencies in the national Capital launched Swachhta-Hi-Sewa campaign, which would continue till October 2
Those buying vehicles between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh will need to pay Rs 60,000 as vehicle registration charges and those buying vehicles costing above Rs 40 lakh will need to pay Rs 75,000. Currently, the south corporation charges Rs 4,000 as one-time parking charges for all vehicles above Rs 4 lakh.(HT File Photo)
Those buying vehicles between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh will need to pay Rs 60,000 as vehicle registration charges and those buying vehicles costing above Rs 40 lakh will need to pay Rs 75,000. Currently, the south corporation charges Rs 4,000 as one-time parking charges for all vehicles above Rs 4 lakh.(HT File Photo)

South Delhi civic body gives nod for increase in one-time parking charges

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 02:47 AM IST
If approved, the one-time parking charge for vehicles costing up to Rs 4 lakh will increase three-fold — from Rs 2,000 to Rs 6,000. Similarly, for cars priced between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 8 lakh, the civic agency will levy Rs 10,000 as parking charge; and for vehicles worth Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh, charges will be Rs 15,000. For vehicles costing between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 20 lakh, the charge will be Rs 30,000,
A parking lot at Connaught Place in central Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
A parking lot at Connaught Place in central Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Soon, lessons in good behaviour for South Delhi parking attendants

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 04:02 AM IST
The sessions were scheduled after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation received several complaints from customers about the ‘rude and unprofessional’ behaviour of parking attendants.
Bags less than 50 microns thick are harder to recycle and separate from trash, and often clog the drains.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Bags less than 50 microns thick are harder to recycle and separate from trash, and often clog the drains.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Delhi traders beat ban with polybags stamped ‘approved’

New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur and Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2018 09:40 AM IST
The ban on the thin carry-bags was announced in August, 2017 by the National Green Tribunal, which ordered government and civic agencies to ensure strict implementation.
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