Sourav Roy Barman

Articles By Sourav Roy Barman

Delhi’s RTR flyover: UP to Bengal, workers who made it happen

Asked about the biggest challenge they faced, most of them responded: "Traffic." "We could mainly put in the hours after midnight. It is such a busy stretch. Marshals were deployed to control traffic," said Dharamjeet Singh (24) who hails from Punjab.

Home truths

Scrapped tenders, incomplete work, stalled funding and renaming of schemes — a host of hurdles have hit government housing projects for the city’s poor. The Indian Express visits the colonies to assess the situation

Tripura Panchayat polls: 86% seats won uncontested, CPM blames BJP ‘armed gangs’

CPI(M) and Congress candidates figure in barely 4 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, out of of total 6,111 gram panchayat seats. The BJP fielded candidates in all 6,111 gram panchayat seats. So far, 5,278 seats have gone to BJP uncontested.

DTC fleet to get boost after Delhi govt nod to procure 1,000 buses

The first batch of buses will hit the roads by December, while the procurement process will be completed by May 2020, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced at a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat.

Many challenges as DTC gets ready to roll out plan

The Indian Express has learnt that the corporation has sought Rs 200 crore as subsidy for six months in its report to the Transport Department, which, according to Minister Kailash Gahlot, has nearly finalised a Cabinet note on the matter.

Pollution body seeks Supreme Court help to resolve Delhi Metro Phase 4 deadlock

Submitting a special report in the apex court, the SC-mandated body said two out of four objections raised by the Delhi government on the Phase IV proposal are “notional” in nature. It has also suggested a roadmap to end the impasse.

Free Metro for women: No word from Delhi govt so far, says Hardeep Singh Puri

In a written response in the Lok Sabha, MoS (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said “no” to a question on whether the Delhi government has sent any such proposal to the Centre for its approval.

Delhi: Gautam Gambhir’s CCTV plan runs into rough weather

The Delhi government's CCTV project has also come under criticism from groups advocating privacy and digital rights for not having adequate safeguards against misuse or a proper Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Hardlook: Across the table—‘The whole world comes here, some difficulty understandable’

On June 21, The Indian Express spent the day with Devi and trailed her youngest son Hemraj Chauhan (34) at the OPD registration counter of the cancer wing to understand the challenges patients face at the country's most prestigious Centre-run hospital.

Ex-DMRC chief Sreedharan calls free Metro rides poll gimmick, AAP says BJP script

While Sreedharan and the Delhi government’s disagreement over the issue had emerged last week after he urged the Prime Minister to intervene and stall the proposal, the language in the fresh round of the tussle indicated the gloves are off.

Delhi: No sunlight, animals in basements at some dairies, govt finds

The government has also directed the MCDs, which is the licensing authority covering such facilities, to start sealing dairies which are operating illegally.

AAP govt may de-link free bus and Metro plans, roll out the former first

It will be easier for the government to implement the move in buses as the Transport Minister is the chairman of the board of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

Post 9 pm, let buses halt anywhere for women: L-G panel

The proposed measure, first floated during a meeting of the panel in August last year, has not been implemented so far due to a ruling of the Supreme Court, which dates back to 1997, a senior official who was present in the meeting said.

Delhi metro estimates free commute for women will cost Rs 4.26 crore per day

According to the report, the DMRC currently earns around Rs 2.84 crore daily from women commuters, who comprise an estimated 30% of the total daily average traffic flow.

New draft: Residents parking on Delhi road won’t be charged

The new draft also replaces the Chief Secretary with the Transport Minister as the chairperson of a proposed panel, which will monitor the implementation of the policy.

Free rides for women: DMRC wary of misuse

Metro has observed that implementing this scheme will need reversing its policy and having large scale manual vending of tokens.

In Ankit Saxena murder case, proposal to appoint prosecutor stuck between 2 Delhi govt depts

According to documents accessed by The Indian Express, the proposal for appointment of special public prosecutors in the case has been going back and forth between the Home and Law Departments of the Delhi government for over one year.

Free Metro for women could be reality in 8 months: Delhi CM

Announcing the development Wednesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal exuded hope that the FFC won’t be a hurdle in implementing the plan, which the Metro believes will take at least eight months to roll out in the short term.

Free Metro for women likely to extend to NCR, says Delhi govt

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the government intends to extend the waiver to women travelling between NCR cities after being informed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that such commuters make up for not more than 3-4% of the total ridership.

Delhi: Discoms seek tariff hike, public hearing on July 10

The hearing assumes significance against the backdrop of CM Arvind Kejriwal’s recent assertion that fixed charge rates will be reduced in the next tariff order.