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Delhi Metro’s Heritage Line: Click selfies but no station photos

A senior official of CISF said that since the line has been especially started to promote tourism and make people aware of the grandeur of Old Delhi, it is not fair to question every person, especially tourists or visitors, wanting to capture the beauty of the station.

People enjoying their first metro ride on the ITO to Kashmere Gate heritage line in New Delhi on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 31, 2017 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Selfies, joyrides and family outings mark first day of Delhi Metro Heritage Line

The ITO-Kashmere Gate line was thrown open for public on Sunday. With its launch, the Metro makes inroads into old Delhi or the ‘Walled City’ with four stations--Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Delhi Gate.

The ITO-Kashmere Gate line was thrown open for public on Sunday. With its launch, the Metro makes inroads into old Delhi or the ‘Walled City’ with four stations--Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Delhi Gate.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO0)
Updated on May 28, 2017 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kejriwal, Venkaiah Naidu flag off Delhi metro Heritage Line; route to open for public today

The Delhi metro Heritage Line which was flagged off on Sunday by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu connects key heritage monuments like Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

Union minister Harsh Vardhan and M Venkaiah Naidu and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the inauguration of the Heritage Line on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2017 06:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

13,000 DDA flats get Delhi L-G nod; no sale embargo but penalty on withdrawal

The DDA will put up around 13,000 flats in its housing scheme this year. The authority has put in place multi-tiered penal measures for those who withdraw from the scheme.

Under the new scheme, there are around 350 two-room Middle Income Group (MIG) flats, while the rest are either one-bedroom Lower Income Group Flats (LIG) flats or janata flats.(Sushil Kumar/HT FILE)
Updated on May 26, 2017 09:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Property tax will not be increased: East Delhi’s mayor

Bhagat, who will be heading a corporation reeling under a severe financial crisis and has a budget deficit of more than R 2,000 crore, pitched for the unification of the three civic bodies.

Sanitation workers during a protest to boycott the swearing-in ceremony for East Delhi Municipal Corporations.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 23, 2017 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

‘Stop attacking Kejriwal without proof’: Yogendra Yadav’s letter to Kapil Mishra

Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra had apologised to Yogendra Yadav for launching campaign to oust him from AAP in the past. Yadav wrote back to him with some advice.

AAP founding members Yogendra Yadav (in picture) and Prashant Bhushan were expelled from the party in April 2015 after which they formed a breakaway group called Swaraj Abhiyan.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2017 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Saharanpur violence: Dalits defy Delhi Police ban to protest at Jantar Mantar

Hundreds of Dalits defied a police ban to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to highlight alleged atrocities against the community by Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.

Dalits staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Sunday against alleged atrocities towards their community in Saharanpur.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 30, 2017 06:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

BJP councillor Preeti Aggarwal elected mayor of North Delhi Corporation

Preeti Aggarwal was elected as the mayor of NDMC unopposed on Thursday. Aggarwal, who is a councillor from Rohini, had defeated her nearest contender Abhinav Mishra of AAP by over 5,000 votes.

Preeti Aggarwal was elected as the mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday.(HT FILE)
Updated on May 19, 2017 09:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Multilevel parking lots soon in Delhi’s Rani Bagh, Shastri Park and five more places

The facilities will have space to park 5,600 cars — 600 in Rani Bagh, 500 in Shiva Market, 600 in Shastri Park, 1,000 in Idgah, 1,000 in Gandhi Maidan, 700 in Rajendra Nagar and 200 in Shalimar Bagh.

In Kamla Nagar, the parking lot remains underutilised, as the waiting time is more due to the facility being automated. In Model town, people mostly prefer surface parking over multilevel one.
Updated on May 19, 2017 10:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Land pooling for housing gets a boost in Delhi as 89 rural villages notified as urbanised

The villages declared urbanised are spread across the North and South Municipal Corporations. While 50 villages are under North MCD, 39 fall under the jurisdiction of the South MCD.

The villages declared urbanised are spread across the North and South Municipal Corporations. While 50 villages are under North MCD, 39 fall under the jurisdiction of the South MCD.
Updated on May 17, 2017 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

North Delhi brings in Mr Swachh and Madam Safai Pasand to instil civic sense

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has given shape to four characters with good civic sense named Mrs Saf Suthiri (clean), Mr Swachh Kumar (hygienic) , Mr Chakachak (spotless) , Madam Safai Pasand. The civic body has also created four other characters with bad civic sense named Susu Kumar, Thu Thu Kumar, Kuda Kumar and Poly Aunty to promote cleanliness in the city.

Hoardings put up in north Delhi to ensure a clean city.
Updated on Jul 12, 2017 01:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Book AAP for money laundering, probe source of fund, says Delhi Congress

After sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Kapil Mishra alleged that the party lied about its donation figures to the Election Commission, the Congress demanded a case against AAP and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Delhi congress chief Ajay Maken said that senior Congress leaders including Amarinder Singh and Anand Sharma had raised concerns five months ago and given statements in public that AAP receives funds from pro-Khalistan separatist groups but no effort was made to probe it.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 15, 2017 10:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Preeti Aggarwal to be North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor, Vijay Bhagat her deputy

BJP councillor from Rohini, Preeti Aggarwal, who filed nomination for the post of mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday, is likely to be elected unopposed on May 18. Vijay Kumar Bhagat, who won from the Swami Sharda Nand Colony ward on a BJP ticket, was also the only candidate to file nomination for the post of deputy mayor in the north corporation.

BJP councillor from Rohini, Preeti Aggarwal, (garlanded) who filed nomination for the post of mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday, is likely to be elected unopposed on May 18.(Handout)
Published on May 11, 2017 11:18 PM IST
Hinduustan Times | By, New Delhi

Metro fare hike draws mixed reactions, commuters ask about better last-mile connectivity

Some commuters were happy with the fare revision hoping that it would translate into increased frequency in services but several others said that the hike must have come after providing better last-mile connectivity.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board accepted on Monday a recommendation to increase the minimum passenger fare from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare from Rs 30 to Rs 50(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2017 03:53 PM IST
HIndustan Times | By, New Delhi

After-office cricket under floodlights, anyone? Delhi set to ramp up Siri Fort sports complex

Night cricket is the latest offering from the DDA at south Delhi’s Siri Fort sports complex.

Cricket after sundown at Siri Fort, a multi-discipline sports complex, will cost slightly higher than the Rs 3,500 charged on weekdays.(File photo for representation)
Updated on May 08, 2017 07:17 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

5-storey building collapses on another in Delhi’s Inderpuri; several injured

Five people were trapped when the building toppled on an adjacent four-storey house in JJ colony of Inderpuri in west Delhi. They were rescued by fire department personnel over an hour.

The under-contruction building collapsed on to another in Inderpuri in west Delhi, trapping five people who were rescued later.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 07, 2017 11:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Mosquitoes in your property? South Delhi corporation may fine you up to Rs 50,000

The corporation said the owner may have to shell out anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs 50,000, depending on the complete cost incurred by the agency to remove the breeding spots.

The corporation said the owner may have to shell out anywhere between Rs500 to Rs50,000, depending on the complete cost incurred by the agency to remove the breeding spots.(HT FILE)
Updated on May 05, 2017 10:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Flats in Delhi: All you need to know about DDA’s new housing scheme

DDA is launching a housing scheme on June 30 with 13,000 flats in Delhi. Most of these are flats surrendered by allottees after the previous schemes because they lacked basic amenities.

DDA flats at Rohini in outer Delhi. Interested buyers can apply for flats in Rohini, Pitampura, Dwarka, Paschim Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar, Dilshad Garden, and Sarita Vihar.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2017 01:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

DDA’s latest housing scheme set to open this month: 10 things to know

All formalities done, final approval from lieutenant governor for auction of 13,000 flats expected by the end of the month

DDA flats in Sector 34 Rohini. The majority of the flats in the scheme set to be unveiled soon were surrendered by people who found the neighbourhoods underdeveloped and the flats too small.(Sushil Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 03, 2017 12:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Small parties make big plans for Delhi Assembly election 2020

With a combined vote share of less than 15% and most of them not being able to open their accounts, smaller political parties such as Swaraj India, BSP, JDU, Samajwadi Party, and Shiv Sena may have been fringe players in the recently held municipal corporation elections.

Bahujan Samaj Party supporters campaign during municipal corporation election in Pandav Nagar.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2017 02:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Women, kids to get free access to washrooms in South Delhi restaurants from today

Starting Monday, women and children will no longer have to go looking for public washrooms to relieve themselves after a long day of shopping at South Delhi markets.

The move would allow women and children to access washrooms even in five-star hotels of South Delhi(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2017 10:35 AM IST
Abhinav Rajput, Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Rajput, New Delhi

Why east Delhi voted for BJP in MCD elections despite years of neglect

Modi factor: East Delhi faced five strikes by sanitation workers in the last three years. Garbage lay scattered even as bad roads and poor drainage added to woes. The BJP, however, got 47 out of 63 seats here.

Garbage remains uncollected in east Delhi in January 2017.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2017 08:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MCD election results: Defectors from Congress and AAP bring cheer to BJP

In Gandhi Nagar assembly constituency, which has been represented by Arvinder Singh four times as MLA from 1998 to 2013, BJP won all the seats.

Former Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh and former AAP MLA Ved Parkash inclusion in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp just days ahead of the corporation elections has paid rich dividends to the saffron party .(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 07:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MCD election results: Delhi’s voters leave no play for fringe actors Swaraj, BSP and JD(U)

MCD polls: The BSP managed to win only three seats while the INLD and Samajwadi Party won one seat each.

Swaraj india Leader Yogendra yadav at his residence in East Delhi (Ht/photo by Arun Sharma
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 10:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByFaizan Haider and Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi

MCD election 2017: Outer Delhi ward Bakhtawarpur records highest turnout at 69%

Located near the Delhi-Haryana-UP border, Bakhtawarpur has a history of turning up in large numbers to exercise their franchise. In 2012 municipal elections, its voting percentage was 69.33%, which was 4.7 percentage points higher than the 2007 elections.

76 year-old Saheb Kaur poses for a picture after casting her vote at Kalyan Puri polling station.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 24, 2017 12:08 AM IST
ByParvez Sultan, Faizan Haider and Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi

MCD election 2017: Unauthorised colonies continue to battle for basic amenities

Residents listed basic amenities such as sanitation, water supply, sewerage, dangling electric wires and dust pollution as some of the issues which they battle on a daily basis.

Voters stand in a queue at a polling station at the cast their votes at Madanpur khadar in New Delhi on Sunday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 23, 2017 09:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShradha Chettri and Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi

Shiv Sena sings a different tune in MCD polls: Promises Chhath puja ghats, Bhojpuri movies

Shiv Sena, which has fielded nine Purvanchali candidates in the MCD elections, has been trying to woo voters from the Hindi heartland in Delhi with promise to develop new puja ghats and promote Bhojpuri movies.

Shiv Sena candidate Sanjeev Sahay campaigning in Paschim Vihar.
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 09:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress chief, joins BJP ahead of MCD polls

A week ahead of MCD polls, former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely joined the BJP along with Delhi Youth Congress president Amit Malik on Tuesday.

Former MLA Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ and Delhi Youth Congress president Amit Malik joined the BJP on Tuesday.
Updated on May 12, 2017 05:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParvez Sultan and Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi

Cong promises flats for slum dwellers, reduced house tax in MCD poll manifesto

Licence for street vendors, a department to look into problems of slums, houses for slum dwellers, reduced house tax, fix deposit money for girl students of municipal schools and financially sound municipal corporations in its manifesto for April 23 elections.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken, senior leader PC Chacko and Chatar Singh release manifesto for MCD elections on Monday(PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2017 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Old, unfulfilled promises in BJP’s poll agenda for MCD polls

In 2012, the BJP had promised to construct 100 multilevel parking lots. However, in the past five years, only three such sites -- at Hauz Khas, Kamla Nagar, Parade Ground and Model Town -- have come up. These, too, remain under-utilised as people prefer surface parking.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari with other party leaders releasing 'Sankalp Patra ', the party’s manifesto for MCD election on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2017 11:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Rajput and Parvez Sultan, New Delhi
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