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A newly built bus shelter in Sector 17, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh engg dept gears up to build 139 smart bus shelters

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 12:14 AM IST
132 existing shelters to be repaired and heritage structures to be given a makeover
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People board a city bus in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
People board a city bus in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.(AP Photo)

Govt issues advisory to revive urban transport amid Covid-19 pandemic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 05:01 AM IST
The states have been asked to encourage and revive non-motorised transport, recommence public transport by adopting the right sanitization, containment and social distancing measures.
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The UT engineering department had started the work to transplant 143 trees on November 19, a day before the Punjab and Haryana high court put a stay on the move on an NGO’s petition.(HT PHOTO)
The UT engineering department had started the work to transplant 143 trees on November 19, a day before the Punjab and Haryana high court put a stay on the move on an NGO’s petition.(HT PHOTO)

Tribune flyover: Myopic planning won’t let city fly over traffic woes

By Munieshwer A Sagar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2019 01:09 AM IST
The project lacks comprehensive study to ease the city of traffic-related problems
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The deputy commissioner (DC) of Gurugram, Amit Khatri, on Friday said that implementation of the odd-even scheme, on the lines being planned by the Delhi government in November, will not be possible in Gurugram due to the city’s poor public transport system.(Hindustan Times)
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Gurugram, Amit Khatri, on Friday said that implementation of the odd-even scheme, on the lines being planned by the Delhi government in November, will not be possible in Gurugram due to the city’s poor public transport system.(Hindustan Times)

‘Odd-even scheme not possible in Gurugram due to poor public transport system’: DC

By Kartik Kumar | Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 07:01 AM IST
On Friday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the odd-even scheme will be reintroduced in the national Capital from November 4-15, to check pollution levels after Diwali and during the stubble burning season.
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In 2016, the Delhi government during the two phases of implementation of odd-even --- January 1-15 and April 15-30, 2016 ---had exempted women drivers and two-wheelers, which are one of the major sources of pollution.(HT PHOTO.)
In 2016, the Delhi government during the two phases of implementation of odd-even --- January 1-15 and April 15-30, 2016 ---had exempted women drivers and two-wheelers, which are one of the major sources of pollution.(HT PHOTO.)

Odd-even rule makes a comeback in Delhi, evokes mixed response from RWAs

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Resident welfare associations (RWAs) believe there is no harm in experimenting with the scheme again, as it does help reduce traffic congestion. But many residents and experts maintain that this time it should come without exemptions.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced return of Odd-Even vehicle scheme during a press meet on Friday(HT Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced return of Odd-Even vehicle scheme during a press meet on Friday(HT Photo)

Odd-Even back in Delhi this November, here’s how public transport is preparing

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 08:15 AM IST
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), is awaiting addition of 4000 new buses and has only received the first lot of 25 new buses so far and the rest are to be added in batches till 2020. It is only a minor addition to its existing fleet of 5454 buses.
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The non air-conditioned, standard floor buses, which were flagged off on Tuesday, are first in the city to be fitted with hydraulic lifts for easy access for the differently-abled and senior citizens.(HT image)
The non air-conditioned, standard floor buses, which were flagged off on Tuesday, are first in the city to be fitted with hydraulic lifts for easy access for the differently-abled and senior citizens.(HT image)

Delhi gets first batch of 25 new buses after six years

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 12:56 AM IST
Speaking at the event, Kejriwal said the new buses will not only help boost public transport but also improve the air quality in the national capital.
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The mobility plan promises to be the most authoritative study on Gurugram’s traffic challenges since 2009.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)
The mobility plan promises to be the most authoritative study on Gurugram’s traffic challenges since 2009.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)

Comprehensive mobility plan to be released in August

By Prayag Arora Desai | Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JUL 21, 2019 03:40 AM IST
The initial deadline for the plan was last December, but it was delayed due to issues in collecting traffic data, officials said.
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The biggest problem right now for women who use the Metro network is last-mile connectivity(Getty images)
The biggest problem right now for women who use the Metro network is last-mile connectivity(Getty images)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Got a ticket to ride

By Seema Goswami | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2019 10:40 PM IST
But should it be free, if you are a woman travelling in the national capital?
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Delhi Metro was catering close to a daily 27 lakh passenger rides per day before the fares were hiked in May 2017. Currently, the Metro usage is around 23 lakh daily trips per day.(HT Photo)
Delhi Metro was catering close to a daily 27 lakh passenger rides per day before the fares were hiked in May 2017. Currently, the Metro usage is around 23 lakh daily trips per day.(HT Photo)

Plan to make public transport free in Delhi needs proper deliberation

UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 07:54 AM IST
The official rationale behind this move is safety of women. The hypothesis is that getting more women in public transport will improve their safety.
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Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia at a press conference, New Delhi, June 3(PTI)
Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia at a press conference, New Delhi, June 3(PTI)

Why the Delhi govt’s free-ride plan is not enough

UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 04:00 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee described the Niti Aayog governing council meeting as an unproductive exercise since the government’s think-tank does not really have any financial powers.
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In the last few years, car travel in most metros has become a nightmare. Moving around by road in Bengaluru, for example, is nearly impossible with average speeds going down from 30kmph in 2005 to less than 10kmph in 2018. The city loses an estimated Rs 38,000 crore annually as a social cost of traffic congestion(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
In the last few years, car travel in most metros has become a nightmare. Moving around by road in Bengaluru, for example, is nearly impossible with average speeds going down from 30kmph in 2005 to less than 10kmph in 2018. The city loses an estimated Rs 38,000 crore annually as a social cost of traffic congestion(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Car ownership must become a relic of the past

By Pradeep Parameswaran
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 06:16 PM IST
Millennials are making wiser choices for society’s benefit. It is high time Indian cities join the likes of London, Singapore and New York to further discourage private car ownership
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‘Subsidy on(HT File)
‘Subsidy on(HT File)

‘Subsidy on e-buses not the way forward’: Experts

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2019 03:03 AM IST
At a conference, Connect Karo, organised by the World Resources Institute (WRI), experts discussed the electric vehicle (EV) model of China as a case in point.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘Don’t need state status to develop city’: Manoj Tiwari (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘Don’t need state status to develop city’: Manoj Tiwari (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘Don’t need state status to develop city’: Manoj Tiwari

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 08:24 AM IST
Responding to a question on full statehood, Tiwari said the BJP never took a U-turn on the issue but the Supreme Court made it clear that it cannot be done.
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According to the national metro policy, the objective is to ensure that the lowest cost mass transit mode is selected for public transport.(HT File Photo)
According to the national metro policy, the objective is to ensure that the lowest cost mass transit mode is selected for public transport.(HT File Photo)

As metro networks expand, government shifts focus to last mile

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2019 08:09 AM IST
According to the urban ministry , over 326 km of metro lines have been made operational in the last five years and 373 km are in the pipeline.
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Last week, it was reported in media that the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has started the work on converting two busy city roads into “model” roads. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Last week, it was reported in media that the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has started the work on converting two busy city roads into “model” roads. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Model streets need to cater to all road users, not just motor vehicles

UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 07:40 AM IST
As part of the project, the MCG will improve the road quality, built toilets, install CCTV cameras, remove encroachment, etc.
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The undertaking is going through the worst-ever financial crisis for two years, facing losses running up to ₹720 crore(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The undertaking is going through the worst-ever financial crisis for two years, facing losses running up to ₹720 crore(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Mumbai civic budget not in BEST interests

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Allocation of Rs 44crore against demand of Rs 1,000crore to affect undertaking’s revival plan, say officials and experts.
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The coming biggest leap for the coming year is likely to be the induction of 1,000 pure electric buses to Delhi’s depleting bus fleet.(HT File)
The coming biggest leap for the coming year is likely to be the induction of 1,000 pure electric buses to Delhi’s depleting bus fleet.(HT File)

A city that dares to dreams of change: Towards building a new Delhi in 2019

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 03:08 PM IST
After years of struggling to overcome delays, setbacks in plans, and repeated bureaucratic hurdles, Delhiites in 2019 finally hope to live in a transformed city that offers faster and greener mobility, cleaner living spaces and, most importantly, breathable air.
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Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on National Highway 48, Shankar Chowk, in Gurugram. Experts say a ban on non-CNG vehicles in Dehi will require the district administration to make a comprehensive plan to ease the pressure on a city’s mobility networks.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on National Highway 48, Shankar Chowk, in Gurugram. Experts say a ban on non-CNG vehicles in Dehi will require the district administration to make a comprehensive plan to ease the pressure on a city’s mobility networks.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

NCR cities won’t be able to cope with ban on non-CNG vehicles: Experts

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Gurugram/Noida/Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 11:42 AM IST
Experts said that NCR cities lacked robust public transport systems that could absorb the fallout from the proposed ban on non-CNG private vehicles, making it highly impractical.
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Transport department suggests that out of the 33 lakh private vehicles in Delhi, only 4.5 lakh run on CNG.(HT Photo)
Transport department suggests that out of the 33 lakh private vehicles in Delhi, only 4.5 lakh run on CNG.(HT Photo)

Why banning private vehicles is a bad idea

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 10:47 AM IST
Environment activists punch hole in EPCA’s ‘blanket ban’ plan; say unlike Beijing and Paris, Delhi doesn’t have a robust transport network to fall back on and will come to a standstill
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Data with transport department suggests that out of the 33 lakh private vehicles in Delhi, only 4.5 lakh run on CNG.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Data with transport department suggests that out of the 33 lakh private vehicles in Delhi, only 4.5 lakh run on CNG.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Banning all non-CNG private vehicles in Delhi impractical, say experts

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 11:20 AM IST
Environment activists punch hole in EPCA’s ‘blanket ban’ plan in Delhi. They say unlike Beijing and Paris, Delhi doesn’t have a robust transport network to fall back on and will come to a standstill.
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The Capital has about 10.8 million registered vehicles — 3.5 million four-wheelers and 7.3 million two-wheelers. Of these, about 8,00,000 run on CNG.(AP/Picture for representation)
The Capital has about 10.8 million registered vehicles — 3.5 million four-wheelers and 7.3 million two-wheelers. Of these, about 8,00,000 run on CNG.(AP/Picture for representation)

Green panel bats for banning non-CNG vehicles in Delhi to curb air pollution

By HT Correspondents | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 09:13 AM IST
The national capital’s primary pollution control and prevention agency on Monday suggested imposing a complete ban on all non-CNG vehicles, both private and commercial, if pollution remains at ‘very poor’ or ‘severe’ levels.
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Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the Centre was planning a slew of measures like discouraging private cars, encouraging cycling and alternative fuels for pollution-free transportation.(PTI File Photo)
Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the Centre was planning a slew of measures like discouraging private cars, encouraging cycling and alternative fuels for pollution-free transportation.(PTI File Photo)

Centre wants to discourage private vehicles for pollution-free transportation : Gadkari

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 11:38 AM IST
Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said a regular diesel-run bus’s per kilometre cost is Rs 110. He added it is Rs 70 for an ethanol-run bus and Rs 50 for electric buses.
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The initiative of installing internet protocol based CCTV cameras (three in each bus) will provide prompt integrated emergency services for security to all commuters(HT/ File Photo)
The initiative of installing internet protocol based CCTV cameras (three in each bus) will provide prompt integrated emergency services for security to all commuters(HT/ File Photo)

Delhi govt floats tenders for CCTVs in 5k DTC buses

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 09:36 AM IST
State transport minister Kailash Gahlot termed the move as ‘a big step forward’ in making buses the ‘safest’ public transport system in the country
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Fuel price fuels has a cascading effect on the prices of other essential commodities.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Fuel price fuels has a cascading effect on the prices of other essential commodities.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Fuel price rise has hit daily life, say Pune residents

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 06:11 PM IST
With rupee hitting 73 against the US dollar and petrol price going over 88/litre, have you changed your travel plans, reworked your family budget or altered your commute? Here is what residents have to say
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Officials in the Delhi government said 107 buses will be required to implement the pilot project.(HT File)
Officials in the Delhi government said 107 buses will be required to implement the pilot project.(HT File)

Pilot project to rationalise long bus routes from Najafgarh soon

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2018 02:22 AM IST
Officials in the Delhi government said 107 buses will be required to implement the pilot project. If successful, it may be extended to other parts of the city.
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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Seoul mayor Park Won-Soon in Seoul on Friday, sought cooperation from his South Korean counterpart, particularly seeking their expertise in dealing with transport and pollution.(PTI)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Seoul mayor Park Won-Soon in Seoul on Friday, sought cooperation from his South Korean counterpart, particularly seeking their expertise in dealing with transport and pollution.(PTI)

Seoul, Delhi etch pact to share expertise on 12 fields

By Soumya Pillai and Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 03:54 AM IST
The Delhi government on Friday signed a “Friendship and Cooperation Agreement” with the Seoul Metropolitan Government under which the two cities would exchange expertise for betterment in 12 fields including environment, transport, tourism, solid waste management and public health.
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Passengers travel by the Magenta line metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch became open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Passengers travel by the Magenta line metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch became open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Delhi Metro is second most unaffordable transport network in the world, say experts

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 08:09 PM IST
With at least 30% of Delhi Metro users falling within Rs 20,000 monthly income group, a big chunk of their income is spent on travelling by the metro.
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DTC had last added 3,775 buses to its fleet in 2010.(Ht FILE)
DTC had last added 3,775 buses to its fleet in 2010.(Ht FILE)

DTC likely to ‘hire’ 1,000 low-floor buses

By Swet a Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2018 04:51 AM IST
Till date, the DTC has only hired three diesel run AC Volvo buses, all of which offer only international service on the Delhi-Lahore and Delhi-Kathmandu routes.
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The ranking was done on the basis of a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) — a Delhi-based research organisation to assess transport-related emissions from urban commuting.(HT File Photo)
The ranking was done on the basis of a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) — a Delhi-based research organisation to assess transport-related emissions from urban commuting.(HT File Photo)

Delhi-NCR ranks worst in vehicular pollution: Study

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 06:13 AM IST
Delhi has to work towards improving its roads and integrating transport and traffic management, suggest experts.
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