Parvez Sultan writes on heritage, urban-civic issues, Delhi government, and politics. Earlier, he headed hyper local bureau — South Delhi — at Hindustan Times. He has earlier reported on Delhi government, political parties, municipal bodies, Delhi High Court, Lokayukta and Central Administrative Tribunal.
Articles by Parvez Sultan
Over century-old library to get digital push
The entire collection of books at the Central Archaeological Library is set to be digitised for preservation.
Updated on Oct 07, 2018 01:31 PM IST
Residents’ body using Lodi-era tomb as office, Delhi high court seeks explanation
Defence Colony is among the earliest colonies set up in south Delhi after Independence. The vast vacant land near Kotla Mubarakpur village was earmarked to lay out settlement to relocate officers from the armed forces. The colony has more than 1,600 plots and 18 DDA flats.
Published on Sep 28, 2018 04:04 AM IST
Hidden Mughal-era artwork to be latest Red Fort attraction
This Mughal-era artwork — geometric and floral motifs in an 80-metre-long vaulted arcade called Chhatta bazaar — was hidden under multiple coats of whitewashing applied casually over the years as part of Red Fort’s maintenance and structural conservation work.
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 07:44 AM IST
Bat waste causing damage to 660-year-old Khirki mosque
Salt in bat excreta erodes stones and mortars, an official of the Archaeological Survey of India said, adding that instructions have been issued to keep the building well lit, especially at nights, to keep bats at bay.
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 08:30 AM IST
Coins found at Delhi’s Khirki mosque may be from Sher Shah’s era
Some 254 copper coins were discovered buried just 20 centimetres below the ground at Khirki mosque in south Delhi.
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 08:37 AM IST
Medieval period metal coins found at Khirki mosque in Delhi
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stumbled upon a hoard of medieval period metal coins during the conservation of Khirki Masjid, a 14th century mosque in South Delhi.
Published on Sep 12, 2018 04:17 AM IST
BJP leaders in Delhi feel seniors not vociferous against AAP, plan own campaigns
A section of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Delhi are planning their own campaigns against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as they feel the state leadership has not confronted the ruling party in an ‘appropriate’ manner.
Published on Sep 12, 2018 03:46 AM IST
New-look Purana Qila lake to be opened to public on October 2
As part of the lake revival project, NBCC is re-laying walkways, installing decorative lights, creating cabanas, and placing 11 aerating fountains in the pond to attract tourists.
Updated on Sep 09, 2018 01:34 AM IST
Now, Humayun’s Tomb dome to be lit up all year long
The monument’s restorer has installed around 800 energy efficient lamps at 16th-century mausoleum of the Mughal king.
Updated on Sep 05, 2018 03:20 AM IST
Special light scheme to enhance structural details of Qutub Minar
The new illumination, similar to the ones installed at Red Fort, will spruce up the Qutub Minar complex enabling visitors a detailed view of its opulent architecture, calligraphic verses, corbels, and intricate carving even at night.
Updated on Sep 04, 2018 09:44 AM IST
‘Embarrassed’ Delhi BJP to handpick TV debate panellists
The BJP took the decision after the leadership observed that party members failed to counter those from the opposition as well as fellow panelists in an effective manner.
Published on Sep 02, 2018 01:23 AM IST
Ban on motorised vehicles in Chandi Chowk likely in four weeks
The Delhi government plans to turn a 1.5 km stretch in Chandni Chowk into a pedestrian-friendly no-vehicle zone.
Published on Sep 01, 2018 02:55 AM IST
Consult before naming projects after Vajpayee: BJP top brass to civic bodies
The party leadership is reportedly upset with the controversy over renaming Ramlila Maidan in Delhi after the former PM, who died on August 16 after prolonged illness.
Updated on Aug 29, 2018 02:09 AM IST
Ban on motor vehicles in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk; pedestrians, cycle and e-rickshaws to be allowed
The final approval to a proposal to reserve the 1.5km stretch from Red Fort to Fatehpuri mosque for pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles (NMVs) was approved by Delhi’s lieutenant governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Monday.
Updated on Aug 28, 2018 08:54 AM IST
Soon, a space for poetry, music in cradle of history
Bagh-e-Bedil: Wakf Board to turn tomb complex of sufi poet into ‘open cultural centre’.
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 12:46 PM IST
Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Road set to be pedestrian-only from 9am to 9pm
The unified traffic and transportation infrastructure (planning & engineering) centre (UTTIPEC) has cleared a proposal to reserve the 1.5km stretch, starting from Red Fort to Fatehpuri mosque, for pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles.
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 09:15 AM IST
To help travel industry professionals, Delhi govt to start foreign, Indian language courses
The languages will be taught through the arts, culture and language department that will control new language academies to be set up in the national Capital. The cabinet had recently approved creation of 15 such centres for different regional and five International languages.
Published on Aug 24, 2018 03:38 AM IST
Darya Khan tomb in Delhi to form part of a housing complex
Known for its ‘unusual’ architecture, the mausoleum with additional open space and a jogging track will be an added attraction to the government settlement being rebuilt by the NBCC.
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 04:09 AM IST
The PM who put Delhi Metro project on the fast track, launched it
The first section of the Delhi Metro between Shahdara and Tis Hazari (now Red Line) was inaugurated by Vajpayee on December 24, 2002
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 03:27 AM IST
Vajpayee came to Delhi to edit a paper, ended up leading the nation
Atal Bihari Vajpayee came to Delhi four years after the Independence to edit a newspaper and ended up leading the nation from here, recalled veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra
Published on Aug 18, 2018 03:13 AM IST
Jama Masjid area awaits facelift as Delhi officials sit on plans
Architech Pradeep Sachdeva’s plan proposes the restoration of the foreground into a pedestrian plaza with gardens all the way from Shahi Darwaza to Shahi Darwaza .
Updated on Aug 12, 2018 06:50 AM IST
Why Yamuna’s waters have stopped entering Delhi after 1978 flood fury
Prior to the construction of the right marginal and left marginal embankments, the river used to inundate the trans-Yamuna areas and other parts nearly every year.
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 01:22 PM IST
Delhi Wakf Board finally set to get more staff
At present, the board has 40 employees against sanctioned strength of 64. Most of them are engaged in administrative job and there is no expert such as conservationist, archaeologist, structural safety professional, and enforcement staff to take care of ancient buildings.
Updated on Aug 01, 2018 03:11 PM IST
Hidden ammunition storage room discovered in Red Fort
The chamber in Red fort may have been originally used to store ammunition although when it was discovered it, the crypt was full of mud and no explosives or firearms were found.
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 05:36 PM IST
Delhi’s Mughal-era forest lodge restoration put on fast track
According to the initial estimate, at least 69 families live in and around the Mughal-era royal forest house. A recent spate in construction activity damaged its original architecture.
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 12:57 PM IST
Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit blames AAP for conflict with L-G
The three-time Delhi CM says the power tussle with the Centre made things look bad the Delhi government weak.
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 02:04 PM IST
Arun Singh to head Delhi BJP preparations for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
A senior party leader privy to the development said Singh will be monitoring all of the party’s election preparations and campaign in the seven parliamentary seats in the national Capital.
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByParvez Sultan, New Delhi
DDA to offer 7,000 ‘rejected’ flats to public utility firms, govt departments
Earlier, the DDA had written to paramilitary forces to use about 7, 000 flats after allottees in its two previous schemes abandoned these citing small size and alleged lack of basic amenities.
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 08:37 AM IST
Delhi’s Purana Quila lake set to get a makeover, renovation underway
The lake forms part of the moat once surrounding the Purana Quila, which would get water from Yamuna. Until the moat was redeveloped as boating destination in 1971-72, it was filled with garbage and its neighbourhood was encroached upon.
Updated on Jun 03, 2018 09:10 AM IST
Mughal-era Arab ki Sarai gateway restored to its old glory in Delhi
According to Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) listing of ancient structures in Delhi, Arab Sarai was built in 1560 by Hamida Banu Begum, who was chief consort of Mughal emperor Humayan, to accommodate 300 Arabs she had brought back from Mecca.
Updated on May 28, 2018 01:34 PM IST