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Abhinav Rajput


Abhinav Rajput is a principal correspondent with The Indian Express. He covers Delhi civic bodies, city’s politics. He is an alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He tweets at @abhinavrt

SDMC’s community halls find few takers, to be outsourced
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

The move comes following low footfall at the halls that are meant to hold functions, officials said. Standing committee chairperson B K Oberoi said the corporation did not have sufficient finance to manage maintenance or even pay staff and guards posted in the 14-15 centres.

Nod for two parking projects at GK II and Punjabi Bagh, third in pipeline
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Puzzle parking is a fully-automated system featuring a combination of pallets that enable horizontal and vertical movement of parking spots just like a puzzle to park and retrieve cars.

South MCD approves property tax waiver in unauthorised colonies
Sun, Aug 01, 2021

Standing committee chairperson of South MCD BK Oberoi said people living in residential areas in these colonies can pay this year’s taxes and their old taxes would be foregone.

Gautam Gambhir urges DDA to rename Yamuna Sports complex after Bhagat Singh
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

The East Delhi MP also demanded that a statue of Bhagat Singh be installed at the entrance with messages talking about his contributions.

Bid to bring in revenue: South Delhi civic body to lease out old heritage buildings to private players
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Buildings that come under the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation have been chosen for the project, and the first such building for which bids have been invited is the Old House Tax Building.

Delhi BJP backs proposal to change name of Mohammadpur village to Madhavpuram
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

BJP councillor Tokas had last week demanded that the name of Mohammadpur village in ward number 66 be changed to Madhavpuram.

Delhi: Traders oppose MCDs Gaffar Market redevelopment plan
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The shopkeepers are not willing to relocate to another place as it would affect their business after MCD proposed the idea of rebuilding the dilapidated structure based on a report by IIT Roorkee.

Walkways to water bodies: 3 sections of Yamuna riverfront project complete
Mon, Jul 26, 2021

The DDA plans to add features such as walkways, eco-trails, and water bodies on the entire stretch between Wazirabad barrage and Okhla barrage. The deadline for the project is December 2023.

Ahead of civic polls next year, South MCD to propose property tax waiver in unauthorised colonies
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

The BJP, which has been ruling the three corporations for three terms, faces a tough challenge from AAP ahead of the polls. Unauthorised colonies were AAP’s stronghold in the Assembly polls.

Meenakshi Lekhi calls protesting farmers ‘mawalis’, later apologises
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Lekhi later claimed that her words were "twisted", but added that she withdraws her remarks if they have hurt anyone.

Atal Aahar Yojana, meant to provide subsidised food to the poor, will get fresh push in South Delhi
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The move comes ahead of next year’s MCD polls, where the BJP, which is currently in power, faces a tough challenge from the AAP

Delhi: No tap water connection; tanker mafia causing people trouble, says BJP MP Manoj Tiwari
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

People say that since the water supplied to them is dirty they are forced to buy bottled water costing Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 every month, said Manoj Tiwari after holding 'pani panchayats' in areas across Northeast Delhi.

Delhi BJP seeks suggestions from public on Master Plan 2041
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

The Delhi Development Authority is presently seeking suggestions on the draft master plan from different stakeholders, including residents, associations and government agencies, before it is finalised.

Delhi: Work on National Highway 709B to begin next month
Mon, Jul 19, 2021

The 155-km-long corridor will start from Akshardham Mandir in Delhi and end at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Leader of Opposition wants Monsoon Session extended from 2 to 10 days
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

BJP leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said the extension was necessary to ensure that members can raise, discuss, and debate important issues concerning the national capital.

Plans to make Hauz Khas, ITO, Lajpat Nagar and DU campuses more walkable approved
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

The walkability plan says that there should be a provision for pelican crossings near schools and other intersections that cater to children and the elderly. The policy also stresses on providing street furniture, signage giving information on directions and locations of public utilities.

Single-use plastic banned in South Delhi markets
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

The civic body has prohibited the use of single-use plastic items such as bottles, cups, glasses, and polythene bags and plastic items with thickness less than 50 microns due to environmental concerns.

BJP leaders stage dharna at L-G house demanding probe into alleged DTC bus scam
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

BJP leader Vijender Gupta said party leaders were inside the premises for three hours and returned only after Baijal assured a CBI probe.

Delhi govt lied, PWD failed to clean sewers before monsoon hit city: Bidhuri
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

The first showers of monsoon caused waterlogging and massive traffic jams in different parts of the city, causing traffic snarls on several busy road stretches, including at the Dhaula Kuan Ring Road, Barapullah and Kallindi Kunj flyovers.

‘This was no age to go’: Cricketing fraternity mourns Yashpal Sharma’s death
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Former India teammates Madan Lal and Chetan Sharma, former BCCI president CK Khanna and DDCA chairperson Rohan Jaitley paid respects to Yashpal Sharma at the Lodhi cremation ground.

Chorus in Delhi BJP: Senior leaders and office-bearers should contest MCD polls
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

Senior leaders privy to discussions said it was deliberated that BJP should put its best foot forward in MCD polls and ask senior state leaders and office-bearers to contest.

Delhi Police uses water cannons against BJP workers protesting over water crisis
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said that the water cannons were used on party leaders while they were protesting outside the residence of Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

Delhiites to enjoy municipal services at doorstep after civic bodies join hands with CSC
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Online services like registration of birth and death, payment of property tax, trade licenses, factory licenses and others can be availed through the dedicated portals of the MCDs and those without internet facilities may visit the centres spread across the city.

‘Lapses’ in bus maintenance contract: BJP demands ACB probe, resignation of transport minister
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

A three-member committee appointed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal had said that while there was no “infirmity” in procurement of the buses, there were “procedural lapses” in granting the annual maintenance contract to two companies for around Rs 3,500 crore.

BJP expels 2 MCD councillors for 6 years over ‘indiscipline’
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

In a statement, the BJP said: “The party has expelled Jyoti Rachoya (Nangloi councillor) and Savita Khatri (Narela councillor), responsible for the defeat of the BJP candidate for the post of president of Narela Zone, of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.”