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Pandemic catalyses growth of CNG crematoriums, but ​Delhi falls back to traditional ways

Delhi had just two CNG crematoria earlier -- at Nigambodh Ghat and Punjabi Bagh Shamshan Bhumi -- but the pandemic saw the government doubling the number of furnaces at these facilities, and setting up new units

Before the onset of the pandemic, Delhi used to see around 90,000 cremations every year, out of which over 90% were wood-based traditional cremations. (HT Archive)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 11:51 PM IST
ByParas Singh

Delhi: MCD union warns of strike from Dec 13, demands pending salaries

The confederation, which comprises of 22 municipal workers’ unions, has stated that a series of protests will be held by individual unions during the next fortnight, and warned that it will transform into a full-fledged strike from December 13 if the issues are resolved

The two North MCD run civic hospitals, Hindu Rao and Kasturba hospital, have been witnessing three-hour pen down strike and protests from doctors, nurses and paramedical staff from last two weeks. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 01:29 AM IST
ByParas Singh

Delhi’s east civic body commissioner proposes 2-3% property tax hike

With the Delhi municipal elections slated to be held early next year, the latest proposals have a very slim chance of being cleared by the BJP-led house, civic body sources said. In the past, too, no new tax hike was approved by the house

In a bid to increase the internal revenue from taxes and fee, the commissioner has proposed to increase property tax rates in categories C,D, and E colonies from 11% to 13% and for categories F,G, and H from 7% to 10%. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:58 AM IST
ByParas Singh

Delhi: North MCD’s liabilities more than its latest budget

Commissioner Sanjay Goel said the liabilities of the corporation have gone over Rs8,800 crore, compared to last year’s Rs7,524 crore

The resident doctors association of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Kasturba hospital have warned that they will strike work if their grievances, including on salary delays, are not addressed. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 06:01 AM IST
ByParas Singh

MCDs’ cash shortage delays RFID lanes at city border toll points

Delhi has 124 border entry points of which only 13 has RFID tag system. Hand-held devices are used at other points to collect toll tax and ECC.

The Supreme Court ordered SDMC to install RFID tag system at border points to collect toll and environment compensation cess (ECC).(PTI)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 05:01 AM IST
ByParas Singh

SDMC to set up two ‘waste to wonder’ parks at Jangpura and ITO

The south corporation is also developing an online learning management system which will co-ordinate online classes, details of students, health tracking, and learning progress

A replica of the Statue of Liberty at the Waste to Wonder Park near Hazarat Nizamuddin Metro station, Sarai Kale Khan Bus terminal in New Delhi. (Representational image/HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 01:58 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Short of funds, Delhi’s south civic body looks to hike annual property tax

To be sure, property tax rates proposed by successive commissioners have not been cleared by the elected wing (the councillors) in the past 10 years

SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti proposed the tax hike in the budget proposals for 2022-23. The budget was advanced this year in view of the upcoming elections, civic officials said, and added that the SDMC wanted to announce the plans for the next financial years before the model code of conduct for the civic polls kicks in. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 01:57 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

MCDs prepone budgets ahead of polls

Usually, the three corporations presented their budgets in second or third week of December.

Officials said that the exercise has begun early this year to avoid the model code of conduct interfering with budget announcements.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 02:19 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: Kasturba hospital docs to go on ‘pen-down strike’ over salary delays

A strike notice issued by the RDA on Monday stated that doctors will undertake the “pen-down” strike between 9am and 12 noon from Tuesday.

The strike notice has also demanded a hike in the dearness allowance that was scheduled to be implemented since July 2021. (ANI File)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 02:23 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: 5% of ward tax collection to be reserved for EDMC local development fund

he tax and fee collection to be considered under this scheme include property tax, general trade license, health trade license, veterinary license and factory license

A senior EDMC official said that cap of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 lakh has been fixed on the councillor LAD fund (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 02:29 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: With dip in temperature, mosquito breeding and fresh dengue cases go down

A senior public health official from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal agency for vector-borne disease data collection, said studies show a significant dip in mosquito breeding metrics and mosquito density.

Delhi has so far registered 5,277 dengue cases. In picture - Civic body worker fumigates at Pandav Nagar Market area in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 02:23 AM IST
ByParas Singh

Going the RTO way: Delhi Jal Board to make zonal offices ‘faceless’

The water utility operates 62 ZRO offices, which act as physical interface between 2.4 million consumers and the Jal Board

The DJB revenue department has issued a list of 10 services, such as water tanker booking, rainwater harvesting certification, borewell permissions, and others that will be available online. (Representative photo/Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 02:16 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Aftermath of farm laws’ repeal: Residents hope for a smoother commute soon

Several local residents helped sustain the protesters, who were hundreds of kilometres away from their homes, but several others were frustrated by traffic snarls, long detours, and the loss of business that the stir caused

For commuters between Delhi and Ghaziabad, the Friday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, came as a signal that their daily traffic woes may soon come to an end. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 01:23 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A year of farm protests: Joy at Ground Zero, after 358 days

The occupants of the three border points -- in tents and trucks that morphed into shanties and makeshift cottages at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri-- on Friday burst crackers, danced, and sang to welcome the announcement by PM Modi to repeal the contentious laws.

Farmers celebrate after PM Narendra Modi in his public address at 9am announced that central government would repeal the three controversial farm bills, at Singhu border in New Delhi on Friday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 01:09 AM IST
ByFareeha Iftikhar, Soumya Pillai & Paras Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: Treat before you dump, let Yamuna breathe, say experts

The dissolved oxygen levels, an indicator of the river’s capacity to sustain aquatic life, remain zero while the bio-chemical oxygen demand load has gone up from about 129 tonnes per day in 1982-83 to over 261 tonnes per day in 2019.

River watchers and experts said Delhi needs to address its unplanned urban growth and work towards restoring the natural ecological flow of the river to allow dilution of waste water. (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:01 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Water storage units common breeding spots, says South Delhi civic body

The analysis, conducted by SDMC’s anti-malaria operations headquarter and the public health department and based on mosquito breeding site data from 32 hot spot wards, chalks out the current distribution of mosquito breeding sites and its variation.

A municipal worker fumigates a slum area as a preventive measure against mosquito-born diseases in Kolkata on November 15, 2021. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 02:56 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: South MCD forms committee to audit waste management concessionaires

The order to form a panel that will audit records from the last three months, was issued after unanimous approval from the standing committee of the civic body

Several standing committee members recently highlighted that while the agreement of the local body with the private companies stipulates strong penal provisions and fines in case of violations and absence of mandated machinery/manpower, the sanitation department has rarely imposed these provisions. (HT Archive)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 11:26 PM IST
ByParas Singh

Vending certificates in S Delhi: Councillors want ceremony, officials disagree

The point of contention is the civic body’s insistence on sending the COVs via post to the registered address, as mandated by the town vending committee rules, but many councillors insist on holding ceremonies to hand them out

Over 71,000 vendors have been identified in phase 1 of the survey that was completed on September 30 this year, but the number is expected to rise as the Delhi government has extended the survey by two months, till December 7. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 05:36 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi pollution: Construction ban may delay key infra projects

A senior PWD official who asked not to be named said that some of these projects are specifically aimed at decongesting arterial stretches and thereby cutting vehicular emissions, adding that the government should grant exemption to such projects.

The Delhi government on Saturday announced a ban on construction between November 14 and 17 in view of the hazardous levels of air pollution. Delhi recorded an AQI of 437 in the severe zone. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 03:44 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: North MCD nurses and paramedic staff unions threaten to go on strike

While the resident doctors’ association at Hindu Rao hospital has not yet announced a strike, the association has also written to Union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya to intervene and get their pending salaries, with dearness allowance, released

Hindu Rao doctors pointed out that the situation of pending salaries has been brought to the notice of the authorities multiple times but no concrete action has been taken. (Picture for representation only/Vipin Kumar-HT)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 11:31 PM IST
ByParas Singh, New Delhi

GK’s busy M-Block market to get biggest car parking lot in South Delhi

A senior engineering official from the SDMC said that the agency, design and the rates that will be charged at the new parking facility have been finalised and once approved by the standing committee, the work order will be issued

Officials said that there are frequent traffic jams due to vehicles parked on the roads near the M-block market. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 06:12 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

New buildings in Delhi may need vector control steps

The decision comes at a time when cases of dengue -- a vector-borne disease that impacts the city every year -- are on the rise.

Delhi reported its worst dengue outbreak in 2015, when 16,000 people were infected and at least 60 died of the disease, according to official records.
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 04:50 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Plan for five-star hotel at Delhi's Pragati Maidan delayed

The union government had approved in December 2019 a project to transfer of 3.7 acres of land at Pragati Maidan on a 99-year lease for ₹611 crore for a five-star hotel

Preparation underway for India International Trade Fair organised by ITPO, at Pragati Maidan Complex, on Wednesday (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 04:49 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s Pragati Maidan to host trade fair after a year’s gap

After missing the annual event last year due to Covid, the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) will be organising 40th India International Trade Fair over an area of 70,000 sqm.

Preparation work underway for India International Trade Fair organised by ITPO, at Pragati Maidan Complex, in New Delhi , India, on Wednesday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 03:55 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Boats, water sprinkling, bamboo barriers to clear foam in Yamuna on Chhath

Massive foam built up on the surface of the Yamuna due to pollution levels touching unprecedented levels at Kalindi Kunj. On Wednesday, a government official, it was decide to deploy boats, bamboo barricades and water mixed with anti-phosphates to clear the froth

Women offer prayer at sunset on the occasion of Chhath Puja at a ghat in Geeta Colony on Wednesday. The Delhi government deployed boats and water sprinklers to clear foam in the Yamuna on the occasion. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 03:44 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Abhishek Dey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

At fault for a frothy Yamuna: Raw sewage, frothing agents

According to a report by a monitoring committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal in 2018, the 22-km stretch of the Yamuna between Wazirabad and Okhla, accounts for 76% of the total pollution in the river

River watchers and experts pointed out that the froth downstream of Okhla barrage has been occurring for more than a decade now but the magnitude of the problem has worsened in the last few years. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 02:15 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Jasjeev Gandhiok, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Supreme Court panel flags violations at Ghazipur abattoir in Delhi

The panel recommended that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee should inspect and test the ground water and air pollution that was caused by the Ghazipur abattoir

Located adjacent to the Ghazipur Murga Mandi and Fish market, the Ghazipur abattoir is run by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. (Raj K Raj/HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 03:15 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: EDMC schools to start in-person classes today with 50% strength

EDMC mayor said only 50% children will be called at a time to ensure Covid appropriate behaviour is observed in the school premises.

New Delhi, India - Oct. 31, 2021: Delhi Dy chief minister manish Sisodia visits Sarvodya Co-Education Senior Secondary school after schools reopened in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, October 31, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 02:43 AM IST
ByParas Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: Dengue deaths likely to go up as 9 cases still pending panel review

So far, Delhi has declared six confirmed dengue deaths — the highest since 2017 when the disease claimed 10 lives. Of these, five were declared on Monday (November 1), the weekly report released by the city’s municipal authorities showed.

Delhi reported 531 new cases of dengue during the week ending October 30, taking the Capital’s dengue tally to 1,537 this year.
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 04:22 AM IST
ByParas Singh, New Delhi

Day after platforms collapse, SDMC repairs auto parking lot, cops file FIR

Four platforms in the Green Park facility allegedly malfunctioned due to a technical fault during a maintenance operation around 5.30pm on Tuesday, leading to minor damage to at least two vehicles and the facility temporarily halting operations

The pictures from the accident site in the Green Park automated parking lot indicate minor damage to at least two vehicles. (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 04:25 AM IST
ByParas Singh
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