New Delhi, May 16, 2013: The Delhi high court on Wednesday expressed its displeasure at the negligible number of public toilets for women in the city. The figure of 3,712 public toilets for men and only 269 for women by municipal corporations left the HC unhappy with the state of affairs in 10 of 12 zones.
HC was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Ashok Aggarwal highlighting the shortage of toilets for women.
New Delhi, May 9, 2013: The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the Centre to make its stand clear on a PIL seeking a direction to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for its "failure" to provide totally free education to students of Class I-VIII under the Right to Education Act (RTE).
Issuing notice to the Ministry of human resource development and also to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath sought response by May 15.
New Delhi, Apr 28, 2013: A staggering 56% children living in slums and unauthorised colonies in Delhi defecate in the open due to lack of community toilets.
It not only puts them at the risk of facing exploitation but also poses a serious health challenge to the affluent colonies located near these areas, says a baseline survey carried out by Mission Convergence last year.
Mission Convergence is a flagship project of the Delhi government. The survey points out that 79% children below the age of three years use open spaces for defecation.
New Delhi, Apr 28, 2013: It had been two years since the Right to Education Act was enacted, and at a public meeting in March 2012 organised by the non-government organisation JOSH or Joint Operation for Social Change in Delhi’s Trilokpuri, parents voiced their concerns about the quality of education their children received. Teachers are not paying attention to children, they said, nor are facilities for drinking water made available in schools.
New Delhi, Apr 22, 2013: Expressing concern over unhygienic condition at rail premises, a parliamentary panel today said cleanliness of stations and trains is "far from satisfactory and is a major area of concern".
While recognising the fact that the massive size of the railway network makes it a Herculean task to physically check each and every station, the committee has suggested that the Railway Ministry can set up special inspection teams at all levels to carry out random checks at stations and suggest corrective measures wherever required.
The Standing Committee
New Delhi, Apr 10, 2013: Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, P.K. Gupta had directed the concerned officials of health center he visited to improve the facilities in the area. He has visited the Hansraj polyclinic and area around Sai Baba mandir under ward no. 52.
The Municipal Commissioner, P.K Gupta while inspecting the area directed the concerned official to immediately take action to improve the sanitation of the area and to remove the encroachments to ease the movement of traffic.
New Delhi, Apr 8, 2013: What began with transfer of roads from the local bodies to the city government has now progressed to sanitation in slum clusters as well. Much to the BJP's chagrin, the Delhi government directed that the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) would take over the maintenance of more than 200 toilet blocks in the city's jhuggi-jhopri (JJ) clusters from April 1.
According to the government's orders, the three municipal corporations were to hand over control of toilet blocks in most JJ clusters to the DUSIB by March 31.
New Delhi, Apr 4, 2013: Delhi may be far from being the global city that the government tells us it is, but in a new survey on the state of city systems, the capital has done well on at least two parameters — first in urban capacities and resources and second in urban planning and design. However, asked fortheir opinion, Delhiites listed safety, cleanliness and drinking water as prime concerns.
Eleven cities were in the reckoning in the survey conducted by Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha.
New Delhi, Apr 1, 2013: It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Anyone travelling the length of the rural belt of Delhi that stretches from Badarpur border in South-East Delhi all the way to Narela in the northern periphery of the city, will not find a public toilet along the way.