Articles by Snehil Sinha
Officials said that most trucks that enter the city illegally come through the smaller entry points that are difficult to manually monitor
The surge in pollution follows an upswing in the number of stubble fires in upwind Punjab over the past few days.
According to the forecast, the AQI would reach “very poor” on Sunday and further fall to “severe” on November 13.
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.
The service will have six routes — four for central government employees and two for state government employees
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.
Construction activities within a kilometre of a pollution hotspot will be banned if the air quality index (AQI) remained over 400
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.
Officials said that some of the DDA parks have lots of open spaces that can be utilised for these activities
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 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.
Speeding was identified as a major cause of deaths in road accidents, and the report recommends safer pedestrian facilities and traffic calming measures.
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
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.
In the 2021-22 fiscal, women commuters availed 134 million free trips on DTC buses, and 126.9 million free trips in cluster buses
Officials of the club said the sealing was done despite a stay from the Delhi high court, valid till October 6
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
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.
Baansera, situated along the western banks of the Yamuna over an area of 28 acres, features over 15 varieties of 30,000 bamboo plants
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 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 of DDA are considering a controlled implosion to safely demolish the crumbling Signature View towers in Mukherjee Nagar.
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 medieval walls of the Walled City, spanning across three of these parks, will also be repaired and restored
These plans were outlined in the outcomes budget document shared by the planning department of the Delhi government on Tuesday
The Public Works Department (PWD) has already conducted a survey for the redesigning of the 3.7km-long stretch
The underpass No 5 is part of the Pragati Maidan integrated transit corridor, and was first meant to have opened in December 2022
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 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.
In an interview with HT, the LG said that coordinating efforts by many agencies was a major challenge for the G20 Summit.