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Cameras in Delhi to check entry of polluting vehicles from 2024

Officials said that most trucks that enter the city illegally come through the smaller entry points that are difficult to manually monitor

Since the Grap 4 norms were enforced on November 5, transport officials have penalised an average of 50 trucks daily and about 120 private vehicles that come under BS3 and BS4 categories, officials added. (Amit Sharma)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:58 AM IST

Delhi’s air back in ‘severe’ zone as smoke, slow winds trap pollutants

The surge in pollution follows an upswing in the number of stubble fires in upwind Punjab over the past few days.

Residents of Delhi-NCR have started wearing masks to protect themselves from pollution and smog in the morning, in Noida on Wednesday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 02:53 AM IST

Air may get worse on Diwali day in Delhi: CPCB

According to the forecast, the AQI would reach “very poor” on Sunday and further fall to “severe” on November 13.

This year, between November 2 and November 9, the Capital lives through its longest and most severe stretch of air pollution when the AQI was above 390 for a record eight consecutive days. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2023 04:49 AM IST

Delhi pollution: Several areas in national capital in severe category

Delhi’s average air quality index (AQI) plunged to 468 from 392 Thursday due to unfavourable northwesterly air that brings pollutants from the stubble fires.

Air pollution in Delhi plunged into severe category for the first time this season. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 02:09 AM IST

Electric shuttle service for Delhi govt employees from November 3

The service will have six routes — four for central government employees and two for state government employees

The special shuttle service is being introduced to curtail air pollution in the Capital. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PhotoHindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 06:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

69 diesel buses sent back from ISBTs, Delhi borders

69 diesel-run buses were apprehended and stopped from entering Delhi on Wednesday for not complying with BS6 standards. These buses were asked to return to their respective depots without picking up passengers.

The luxury bus services of Haryana Roadways, which consists of Volvo buses, had to be shut after the ban on diesel vehicles below the BS-6 norm kicked in across Delhi on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 05:56 AM IST

As AQI climbs, Delhi govt admits next fortnight will be crucial

Construction activities within a kilometre of a pollution hotspot will be banned if the air quality index (AQI) remained over 400

A smoggy morning in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 01:13 AM IST

Unfit vehicles pass PUC test, no set norms in Delhi

In Delhi, it appears to be easy to obtain a pollution under control (PUC) certificate for vehicles, even if they exceed emission limits. An investigation found that four out of five PUC centres did not conduct the necessary checks mandated by the Delhi transport department. The PUC test for diesel vehicles measures smoke density, which should not exceed 0.7 per metre for BS-6 vehicles. The investigation found that many unfit vehicles were passing the test, highlighting gaps in the regulation of PUC centres. The Delhi Traffic Police has issued 158,762 challans to owners of vehicles without PUCs so far this year.

A visibly polluting vehicle on the streets of Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 10:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi parks to get archery, shooting infra

Officials said that some of the DDA parks have lots of open spaces that can be utilised for these activities

The facilities will be set up in Vasant Vatika in Vasant Vihar, the park opposite Lady Shri Ram college, Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini, Gulabi Bagh in Shastri Park, Paschim Vihar district park, a park at Dwarka Sector-6 and District Park Janak Puri. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 05:30 AM IST

DDA teams to facilitate evacuation of Signature View Apartments

DDA has started the process of hiring a consultant for a pre-demolition survey at the building which was declared dangerous for residential purposes.

The Signature View Apartment in Mukherjee Nagar were declared unfit for residential purposes due to their deteriorating condition. Portions of roofs and lintels had caved in at various flats. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2023 05:32 AM IST

PWD prepares plan to ‘decongest’ Press Enclave Road, needs Delhi govt nod

The Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) has proposed a plan to decongest Press Enclave Marg in south Delhi. The plan includes creating more U-turns, narrowing the central verge, and removing encroachments. The proposal has been sent for approval and aims to reduce traffic congestion and queues at traffic lights. However, experts have expressed concerns that adding more U-turns may create more problems. The road has been a traffic mess for years due to the sheer volume of traffic and encroachments. The PWD also plans to undertake beautification work and improve pedestrian facilities.

The busy Press Enclave Marg, which connects Sri Aurobindo Marg and Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, has been a traffic mess for years, struggling to contend with the sheer volume of traffic on the narrow 3.7km stretch. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 06:02 AM IST

10 arterial roads to be revamped to curb accidents in Delhi

Speeding was identified as a major cause of deaths in road accidents, and the report recommends safer pedestrian facilities and traffic calming measures.

According to the report, the 18 crash hot spots were identified based on the number of high fatalities between 2019 and 2021. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 02:03 AM IST

App-based bus plan to go before Delhi cabinet soon

Under the new policy, the transport department will provide aggregator licence to operators who will need to operate a fleet of minimum 50 premium buses

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, while introducing the scheme on May 8 this year, said that the objective was to reduce the usage of private vehicles for commute within the National Capital Region (NCR) by making available a premium bus service. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 05:38 AM IST

New bamboo-themed convention centre set to come up at Delhi’s Baansera

A bamboo-themed park near Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi is set to have a 3,000 sq ft convention centre made entirely from bamboo.

An artist’s impression of the proposed convention centre. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 01:38 AM IST

Survey shows Delhi buses don’t stop for women

In the 2021-22 fiscal, women commuters availed 134 million free trips on DTC buses, and 126.9 million free trips in cluster buses

In the 2021-22 fiscal, women commuters availed 134 million free trips on DTC buses, and 126.9 million free trips in cluster buses. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 06:10 AM IST

DDA takes over Delhi club that was once the home of cricket

Officials of the club said the sealing was done despite a stay from the Delhi high court, valid till October 6

The cricket ground and the clubhouse. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 06:12 AM IST

DDA fixes Nov 30 as last date for evacuation of Signature View flats

In January, LG VK Saxena ordered that the SVA towers be dismantled and rebuilt after an IIT-Delhi report stated that the buildings were structurally weak

A view of Signature View Apartment at Mukherjee Nagar. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 05:34 AM IST

DDA starts reviving Yamuna floodplains in Delhi

The Delhi Development Authority has started post-flood restoration work along the Yamuna floodplains, including the Asita East biodiversity park and Vasudev Ghat. The parks were heavily damaged during the recent Delhi floods, with silt deposits of around 1.5 feet. The DDA is removing the silt and procuring 5,000 new plants for Asita. Vasudev Ghat is also being cleared of silt and developed as a tourist destination. The restoration efforts aim to conserve flora, create habitats for fauna, and ensure environmental sustainability. Experts suggest identifying and developing wetlands and grasslands as catchment areas for the Yamuna River.

The park was completely submerged during the Delhi floods in July. (HT PHoto)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 11:25 PM IST

LG inaugurates facilities at Baansera park

Baansera, situated along the western banks of the Yamuna over an area of 28 acres, features over 15 varieties of 30,000 bamboo plants

Lieutenant governor V K Saxena inaugurated the musical fountain at Baansera on Friday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 11:39 PM IST

E-bikes, cycles to give last-mile connectivity a boost across Delhi’s Dwarka

The transport department in Delhi plans to deploy 3,000 e-bikes and e-cycles across Dwarka sub-city to serve as last-mile connectivity options. The vehicles will be placed at transit hubs like metro stations and bus stops. The department has floated tenders for high-speed and low-speed electric two-wheelers and will conduct a study to finalise docking station locations. The initiative aims to improve connectivity and promote green mobility in the area.

The transport department proposal will complement the existing public transportation options at Metro stations. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 11:52 PM IST

Clear debris, prune trees on Delhi’s arterial roads in 10 days, says PWD

The engineer-in-chief of Delhi's Public Works Department (PWD) has directed all divisions to complete civil and beautification work, including pruning trees and fixing potholes, by September 30. Any laxity will be taken seriously and action will be taken against officials. PWD roads require tree pruning and the removal of trees affecting traffic. A special team has been formed to monitor the work daily.

Officials said that a special team has been constituted with a nodal officer at PWD headquarters to monitor the work daily. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:59 PM IST

Will Signature View apartments go down like Noida towers?

Officials of DDA are considering a controlled implosion to safely demolish the crumbling Signature View towers in Mukherjee Nagar.

The Signature View Apartment at Mukherjee Nagar. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 01:17 AM IST

RRTS to provide space for hotels, flats above RapidX stations in Delhi

NCRTC has obtained air rights and has now floated an expression of interest to explore possibility of the construction of hotels, offices, or residential areas

The RRTS corridor at Kondli in New Delhi. The steel spans are being installed where the corridor will cross the Ghazipur drain from Ashok Nagar towards Anand Vihar. (PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:04 AM IST

With 4 parks, Ring Road stretch in Delhi set to get G-20 like redo

The medieval walls of the Walled City, spanning across three of these parks, will also be repaired and restored

Officials said the parks, with a combined area of 35.04 acres, will get exotic plants and water bodies, among other things. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 11:16 PM IST

Delhi aims to double its EV adoption this financial year

These plans were outlined in the outcomes budget document shared by the planning department of the Delhi government on Tuesday

New Delhi, India - July 20, 2020: A view of a public electric vehicle (EV) charging plaza during its inauguration at Chemsford Club parking, on Rafi Marg in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 03:17 AM IST

Press Enclave Marg in Delhi first to be redesigned after G20

The Public Works Department (PWD) has already conducted a survey for the redesigning of the 3.7km-long stretch

Traffic congestion near a junction on Press Enclave Marg in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Underpass project at Delhi’s Bhairon Marg set to miss its deadline

The underpass No 5 is part of the Pragati Maidan integrated transit corridor, and was first meant to have opened in December 2022

Delhi Police put up barricades at Ring Road near Bhairon Marg ahead of G-20 India Summit, in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 12:16 AM IST

Delhi EV policy draft ready, to be placed in Cabinet

The draft of the Delhi Electric Vehicle (EV) policy for 2020 is ready and will be presented to the cabinet after discussions with the state transport minister. The policy aims to combat air pollution by switching to electric buses and providing subsidies to encourage residents to switch to EVs. The new policy targets and changes have not been disclosed yet. Delhi sold 4,907 EVs in August, accounting for 9.2% of all vehicles sold in the city-state. It is important for Delhi to sustain its momentum in the EV sector and expand its ambitions, according to experts.

The Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy -- one of the flagship plans of Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government -- was aimed at fighting high levels of air pollution in the city by cutting vehicular emissions. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 09:59 PM IST

More immigration counters, lounge revamped at airport

The Delhi International Airport has expanded its VIP lounge facilities and increased immigration counters ahead of the G20 Summit in September. Dedicated gates and a carriageway will be reserved for delegates, and the ceremonial lounge has been refurbished. The airport has also made special arrangements for parking and clearance for the arrival of heads of state and chartered flights attending the summit.

Traffics moves past an illuminated G20 logo near the airport ahead of the G20 Summit in New Delhi. (AP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 11:28 PM IST

HT Interview: ‘Infra momentum will continue beyond G20,’ says Delhi LG

In an interview with HT, the LG said that coordinating efforts by many agencies was a major challenge for the G20 Summit.

Delhi LG VK Saxena at Raj Niwas, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 04:40 AM IST
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