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Second engineered landfill in Delhi soon

The new landfill sites will have deep pits and multiple layers to prevent contamination.

New Delhi, India - July 10, 2023: A view of Taimoor Nagar Drain filled with garbage in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 10, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)**To go with the story by Paras (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 03:52 AM IST

MCD to appoint expert for road sanitation work in Delhi

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi plans to hire a consultant for ₹62 crore to help mechanically clean and scrub 1,400km of arterial roads in the city. The consultant will be responsible for dividing the roads into zones, preparing estimates, finalising bids, and overseeing the project's implementation over the next 10 years. The project aims to achieve 100% wall-to-wall mechanical sweeping of roads and improve sanitation services in the city. The total expenditure over the next decade is estimated to be around ₹19,466 crore.

The civic body currently has a fleet of 52 mechanical road sweepers, while the city’s inner colony road network (5-60ft) is cleaned daily by 50,000 sanitation workers. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:54 PM IST

Garbage mess likely for several Delhi areas

The contract of a private concessionaire tasked with collecting waste from neighbourhoods in central, south and southeast Delhi runs out in November

From November onwards, the garbage lifting and transportation will be stopped completely by the existing operator, said an MCD official. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:58 PM IST

ITPO to develop 5-star hotel at Pragati Maidan in Delhi

A hotel within Pragati Maidan complex will help minimise traffic disruptions and logistic challenges during large-scale events like the G20 Summit in the future

The initial redevelopment plan for Pragati Maidan in 2019 envisaged a state-of-the-art private hotel, built over a 3.7-acre site at the complex, but the idea failed to materialise following the onset of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, officials said. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:57 PM IST

Acute shortage of gardeners to maintain Delhi’s 15,000 parks

MCD data reveals that more than 50% of the sanctioned posts for gardeners are currently lying vacant

The MCD park at Pocket B , Mayur Vihar Phase-2, in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 01:40 AM IST

Lovely takes charge as Delhi Congress chief: ‘Will revive party’

Arvinder Singh Lovely said that the conditions in which the party has to fight its battle, there is no scope for tussles

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely at the party office on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 11:30 PM IST

NDMC to procure 200,000 tulip bulbs, most ever

New Delhi plans to plant 200,000 tulip bulbs this winter, up from 123,000 last year, covering a larger area. The New Delhi Municipal Council has issued tenders to purchase bulbs from the Netherlands, but aims to eventually grow its own tulips to reduce costs.

Tulips in full bloom at Rashtrapati Bhawan in January. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 11:36 PM IST

Process begins to hire experts for Delhi’s drainage basins

Officials said the move will be crucial to help rid the Capital of its annual waterlogging woes during the monsoon

Officials said the experts will help formulate flood mitigation in wake of the flooding experience in July earlier this year. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Mukarba Chowk underpass project in Delhi to miss October deadline

The project involves the construction of the three underpasses by Public Works Department (PWD) at a cost of ₹59.5 crore.

IGL and power discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (DDL) said that the work of shifting utilities would begin soon.(Representative image)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:11 PM IST

MCD to develop city’s first Xeriscape garden--dry landscape park in E Delhi

Xeriscaping is designed specifically for drought-prone areas or areas where water conservation is practised

The plants commonly used in xeriscaping are xerophytes in nature, meaning they can survive in areas with limited water. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:08 PM IST

Amid rain, 800 NDMC workers deployed to keep roads clear of water

Incessant rain in Delhi led to waterlogging across the city, including in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi designated for the G20 Summit. Over 800 workers were deployed to keep arterial roads clear for delegates. The New Delhi Municipal Council addressed 19 instances of waterlogging and received a total of 70 complaints. Other areas of the city, such as Narela and Mundka, also experienced heavy waterlogging. The Delhi Traffic Police issued an advisory stating that traffic movement was affected on Rohtak Road due to waterlogging.

Amid rain, 800 NDMC workers deployed to keep roads clear of water
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 11:28 PM IST

MCD plans new park for people with disabilities

Officials in MCD’s horticulture department said the park will cost an estimated ₹1.2 crore, and will likely be ready by January 2024

The park will also feature a series of plants for sensory exploration, say officials. (VIPIN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 11:15 PM IST

AAP attacks Centre over waterlogging near Bharat Mandapam, says heads must roll

In a post on X, the PIB's Fact Check handle said there was minor water logging in an open area after overnight rains and it was cleared swiftly

AAP leader and Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj targeted LG VK Saxena for the waterlogging at Pragati Maidan (X/Saurabh_MLAgk)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 02:34 PM IST

G20 Summit: MCD defends self as outrage grows over treatment of dogs

MCD said the dogs were only picked up on “urgent need basis”, and were released back at the same spot from they were picked up

Activists allege that MCD was carrying out drives to relocate community dogs — including sterilised dogs — in a “clandestine manner”. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 09:57 PM IST

4 agencies add floral finishing touches to Delhi’s beautification

An official from the lieutenant governor’s secretariat said trees adorned with marigold flowers and garlands have been designed to welcome G20 heads of States

20 Summit-themed floral boards have been put up at key venues. (HT)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 11:00 PM IST

G20 Summit: Markets outside New Delhi controlled zone see very low footfall

Market associations said that footfall at some places was so low that shops downed their shutters early in the afternoon

Traders at the Lajpat Nagar market said that barely 10% of the normal footfall was witnessed on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 10:27 PM IST

G20 Summit: Curbs kick in, New Delhi deserted

During a spot check, HT found that deserted corridors of Connaught Place were largely occupied by few security guards and pigeons

A deserted Connaught Place in New Delhi on Friday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 10:27 PM IST

G20 Summit: Markets in New Delhi district shut till Sunday

The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had ordered hawkers to shut shop from Thursday itself, as restrictions come into full force in its area from Friday morning till Sunday night when the Summit ends

Even essential/grocery shops in places such as Bengali Market, Connaught Place and Khan Market remained closed (HT Photo/ Raj K Raj)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 02:17 PM IST

Activists say dogs illegally lifted from across Capital

Animal welfare NGO, People for Animals (PFA), has accused the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of illegally removing 1,000 community dogs from the city's streets ahead of the G20 Summit. PFA highlighted three problems: sterilised dogs were being picked up against the rules, the dogs were not being tagged, and they were being sent to far-off pounds. MCD has denied the allegations.

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Updated on Sep 05, 2023 11:39 PM IST

Sultanpuri underpass, stuck for 13 years, opens for traffic

However, the project, expected to improve connectivity for people living in Sultanpuri, Rohini, Nangloi and Kirari, is still only half complete.

Delhi mayor Shelly Oberoi said this Sultanpuri-Nangloi link was a much-awaited project of the civic body.
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 02:27 AM IST

Delhi LG launches new Summit-themed waste-to-art park

Union minister of state for foreign affairs and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who also attended the event, praised the artists involved in the project

LG VK Saxena and Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi at the waste-to-art park at Kautilya Marg. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 02:22 AM IST

MCD removing street dogs in Delhi inhumanely, allege activists

MCD on August 3 issued orders saying that it will undertake a month-long drive to remove street dogs from at least 50 key locations for the G20 Summit

Community dogs are territorial, serve as guard dogs, and keep the rodent numbers down. These dogs can’t be exterminated or simply shipped out; there are legal restrictions against both. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 11:32 PM IST

Delhi: MCD councillors’ allowance revised from 300- 25,000

While they do not receive salaries, the 250 municipal councillors get ₹300 as allowance for attending the meetings of corporation and its committees.

Mayor Shelly Oberoi, who presided over the meeting that took the decision, said that the decision was taken with the interests of the councillors in mind (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 02:18 AM IST

New body to run Delhi’s oldest public library

The library’s employees have alleged that their salaries are not paid on time, and that the library has faced power cuts due to non-payment of bills.

Set up in 1862, the library, located in Chandni Chowk behind the Town Hall, is an autonomous body but is operated with the help of a grant in aid provided by MCD on a half yearly basis. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 02:18 AM IST

Fountain fixtures, genset wires go missing in Delhi in G20 puzzle for officials

Some of the goods nicked, such as a sensor unit for a fountain near Pragati Maidan, are as expensive as ₹2.5 lakh, but some, like nozzles, cost little

Officials said that rubber nozzles were stolen from a fountain at Bhairon Marg. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 01:07 AM IST

NDMC centre to watch traffic movement, hotels, pollution during G20

The command centre receives live video streams from more than 500 cameras and 53 smart poles across Lutyens’ Delhi.

G20 preparations underway near the IGI airport on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 10:58 PM IST

MCD plans new policy to register pet dogs in Delhi for 500

Currently, only around 3,000 dogs are registered with MCD, according to the veterinary department, indicating low enforcement

At present, the annual pet dog registration fee is <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 in South and East Delhi, and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 in North Delhi, according to officials. The three erstwhile civic bodies were unified in May 2022. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 11:36 PM IST

Cut-outs of langur to scare off monkeys along G20 routes in Delhi

Experts doubt the effectiveness of the measures and call for a more extensive study to tackle Delhi's monkey problem

Langur cut-outs at SP Marg, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Delhi: 8 teams to keep G20 Summit venue mosquito free

The officials said that these teams will detect and destroy mosquito larvae, and will carry out periodic fogging drives

The focus of the drive will be the Bharat Mandapam. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 11:36 PM IST

After govt, MCD proposes doorstep services delivery in Delhi

The project aims to provide these services to citizens who do not have direct access to online services system and reduce scope of middlemen

Under the first phase of the project, the civic body is looking to provide 15 services, mostly related to certificates and licences, by charging a nominal fee, the officials said. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 11:53 PM IST
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