Hillary Victor

Hillary Victor is a Principal Correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation and all political parties.

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Chandigarh admn rolls out draft policy for accidents involving CTU buses

Last year, CTU buses were involved in as many as 62 accidents that had claimed six lives; the Chandigarh transport department has sought comments from stakeholders within 15 days

We are introducing the uniform policy so that a standard operating procedure (SOP) is followed in each accident case, said the Chandigarh transport director Pradhuman Singh. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 02:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Now, get ready to charge your electric car in 1 hour

Chandigarh admn to pump in ₹3.2 crore to upgrade 48 electric vehicle charging points at eight locations across the city

The Chandigarh administration is planning to spend <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40 lakh per electric vehicle charging station to upgrade them, translating into <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3.2 crore for all eight. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 01:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

IAF Heritage Centre in Chandigarh to spread wings with Phase 3

To be christened Indian Air Force Aerospace and Technical Centre, the new wing is expected to be ready in six months

A visitor experiencing an MiG-21 cockpit at the Indian Air Force Heritage Centre at Sector 18, Chandigarh. Phase 3 will have more technology driven features and experiences to inspire youngsters to join the air force. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 30, 2023 01:07 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

18 liquor vends unsold, UT slashes reserve price by 50%

Out of the 95 vends, almost 20% are did not attract any bids; contractors say Punjab’s low taxes, lack of quota make it a better deal

With 20%, 18 out of 95, of liquor vends failing to find takers even after 13 rounds of auctions, the UT excise and taxation department has slashed the reserve price for next round by 50%, the highest-ever reduction. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 02:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh MC to finalise consultant by mid-June for 24 X7 water supply project

Chandigarh MC will be floating an RFQ by next week. The residents of the first phase - (Sectors 1 to 30) are expected to get 24 X7 water by December 2024. In December last year, the MC and the French government’s Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) had signed the final water supply project agreement.

Inching closer to making Chandigarh’s ambitious 24x7 water supply project a reality, the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) will be finalising a long-term technical adviser (LTTA) by mid-June as they have shortlisted six consultants. (Representational image)
Updated on May 29, 2023 12:45 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Now, adopting a child becomes easier in Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn adopts central government’s 2022 notification, allowing district magistrates to issue adoption orders instead of courts

The Chandigarh administration has adopted the amendments in the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016, notified by the central government in September 2022. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 28, 2023 01:49 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

EV push: Chandigarh admn may stop registering non-electric two-wheelers from July

Of the 6,200 fuel-run two-wheelers allowed in FY 2023-24 under the Chandigarh EV policy, 3,700 have already been registered

Once the target is met, even if a conventional two-wheeler is purchased, it will not be registered until the beginning of 2024-25 financial year. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 27, 2023 12:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn waives facilitation charges on power bills

Since January 1, the Chandigarh department of information and technology (IT) was charging ₹10 per power bill for online payment through e-Sampark website and ₹20 for offline payment through Sampark centres

There are nearly 2.47 lakh power consumers in Chandigarh. Of these, 2.14 lakh, or roughly 87%, are domestic consumers. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 01:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Parking scam: Prepare action-taken report for MHA, Chandigarh adviser directs MC

The ministry had sought Chandigarh administration reply after the Comptroller and Auditor General report pointed out inaction by it in the matter

Chandigarh MC had awarded the contract of 57 Zone-2 parking lots to Paschatya Entertainment Private Limited in 2020 that got over in January this year. But the firm failed to pay licence fee worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7 crore to MC. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 25, 2023 01:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn turns to bar code, batch numbers on liquor bottles to check smuggling

On Tuesday, the department invited a request for proposal for engagement of a project management consultant for providing services for the development of a “Track and Trace” system for manufacturing, transport, distribution and consumption of liquor, and implementation and monitoring in Chandigarh

The price bid will be opened on June 8. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 01:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Finally, Punjab agrees to acquire land for shorter route to Chandigarh airport

Punjab chief secretary VK Janjua shared that the Punjab government had given its in-principal approval for acquiring the land for a shorter route to the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Mohali, adding that he will taking up the compensation matter with chief minister Bhagwant Mann

The Chandigarh administration is planning the shorter route from near Sector 48. The new road will start from the T-point intersection of Vikas Marg (coming from Sector-43 ISBT) and Purv Marg (coming from Tribune Chowk). (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 01:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn seeks clarification from MC on slashing sewerage cess on water

In the clarification, the Chandigarh administration has asked municipal corporation to send the comparison rates of sewerage cess on the water with neighbouring states

City mayor Anup Gupta expressed displeasure on how the Chandigarh administration has delayed the approval. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh parking scam: MC asks bank to pay 1.65 crore

The Chandigarh municipal corporation commissioner Anindita Mitra has asked the bank to deposit the amount within 10 days, failing which the MC will initiate proceedings in accordance with the law against the bank

The firm Paschatya Entertainment Private Limited was awarded the contract of 57 Zone-2 parking lots in 2020 that got over in January this year. But the firm failed to pay a licence fee worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7 crore to the Chandigarh municipal corporation. (Getty images)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh electricity department stares at 137-crore loss

With the UT electricity department failing to deposit its audit certificate to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the year 2021-22 and the subsequent rejection of the proposed 10% hike for 2023-24, the department finds itself staring at a loss of nearly ₹137 crore.

In 2021-23, the department spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>835 crore against a revenue of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>698 crore. (HT File)
Updated on May 20, 2023 03:43 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

CITCO to privatise Sukhna Lake restaurant

In February this year, Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Corporation Union (CITCO) had floated an expression of interest to hire a private firm to run Sukhna Lake restaurant

A total of 10 companies had shown interest in the proposal. As per CITCO records, Sukhna Lake restaurant earns roughly between <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 lakh and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>30 lakh per month, not enough to break even. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

200 vehicles scrapped in Chandigarh since April 1

Chandigarh administration to grant 25% rebate on road tax to those who register new vehicles under National Vehicle Scrappage Policy

Vehicles scrapping in process at Industrial Area Phase 1 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 10 yrs after handing over possession, housing board still playing with fire in Dhanas

In the recent meeting chaired by the finance secretary, the officials failed to take any decision and the matter was deferred to a later discussion to be held under the UT advisor Dharam Pal

In September 2013, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) handed over possession of 8,448 flats in Dhanas to the residents of Colony Numbers 4 and 5. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2023 01:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

First Indian Air Force Heritage Centre takes flight in Chandigarh

Defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates centre, spread over 17,000 square feet in the heart of Chandigarh; it depicts IAF’s role in various wars, including in 1965, 1971 and the Kargil War, besides the Balakot air strike through murals and memorabilia

Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit at the inauguration of the first Indian Air Force Heritage Centre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 09, 2023 05:51 AM IST

Chandigarh: Free installation of rooftop solar plants to begin in June

The Chandigarh administration, in May 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar plants mandatory in residential units measuring 500 square yards and above, and group housing societies

Chandigarh residents can apply for the solar plants at www.solar.chd.gov.in. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 08, 2023 12:39 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Work on green corridors to begin on May 12

As per the Chandigarh Master Plan 203, Chandigarh will be getting 11 vertical green corridors in the city; work on the initial two will be completed within six months

The work on the green corridor running for a length of 8 km between Sector 42 to Sector 53 via Butrela-Badheri villages will begin under Phase 1. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2023 01:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Housing Board to raise officers’ financial powers to expedite projects

As per the proposal of Chandigarh Housing Board, the financial power of the UT adviser-cum-board chairman, who can approve projects up to ₹30 lakh, has been proposed to be increased to ₹1 crore

The Chandigarh Housing Board has also proposed that the ex-India leave for the officials of groups C and D be approved by the CEO, while for groups A and B, the approvals may be vested with the chairman. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 01:23 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Rent for Hotel Parkview rooms not paid for 7 years, Chandigarh admn puts CITCO on notice

As part of an agreement, CITCO has to pay lease money for 148 hotel rooms handed over by the Chandigarh administration since 1984

Originally, Hotel Parkview, then known as Yatri Niwas, had three blocks of apartments, including 24 each in two blocks and 48 officers’ apartments in the third block. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 02:09 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

From discotheque to coffee shop, Shivalikview to don new avatar

Now, out of total 108 rooms, 54 rooms on the second and third floors are being renovated with new interiors at the cost of ₹60 lakh

Inaugurated in 1989, it was the leading hotel in the region in terms of the number of rooms. A go-to place for the city’s elite till 2000, the hotel has been all downhill ever since. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2023 01:45 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

CAG report 2021-22: Anomalies found in functioning of Chandigarh forest and wildlife department

During checking of records, it was observed that the department had built a bird park in Chandigarh at a cost of ₹5 crore during 2021-22, which was opened for the public in November 2022.

The draft report of the director general of audit (central), Chandigarh, has pointed out several discrepancies and irregularities in the functioning of the department of forest and wildlife in the year 2021-22. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 04:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Four years on, Chandigarh fails to finalise its start-up policy

UT had started drafting the policy in 2018, three years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Start-up India Policy and directed UTs and states to frame their own policies, tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs in their regions. But owing to several flip-flops, the UT missed multiple deadlines for enforcing the policy.

In November last year, the Chandigarh administration had assured to roll out the policy by December 31st, as its draft was ready, but even after four months nothing has been done. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 05:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh stares at 400 cr revenue loss as 8th liquor vend auction draws a blank

22 out of the 95 liquor vends in city have so far found no takers, UT has had to slash the reserve price multiple times; while the department had set a revenue target of ₹830 crore from the auction of 95 liquor vends, it has so far been able to earn only ₹400 crore.

Finding no takers for its liquor vends and left with no option but to slash the reserve price multiple times, the UT excise and taxation department is staring at a revenue gap of almost <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>430 crore this financial year (2023-24). (HT File)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn likely to hike collector rates by 10%

Chandigarh admn had last revised the collector rates in April 2021, a first in four years; while the rates for commercial properties were slashed by 10%, those for industrial plots were cut by 5%

The collector rate is the minimum property value below which it cannot be registered with the government. A stamp duty is also paid on the collector rate. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 02:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

9 years on, CITCO says Hotel Parkview land not viable for convention centre

The Chandigarh administration had provided CITCO ₹7 crore in 2014 and ₹2.5 crore in 2016 for the centre, envisaged to provide space for exhibitions and meetings

A senior CITCO officer said the site in Sector 24, Chandigarh, was not viable, as it was in a low-lying area, besides the premises were already being used for hotel operations. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 01:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: CTU to ply 20 AC buses on 13 long routes in a week

CTU finalises routes to expand services in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

With the addition of these 20 AC buses, which have been bought at a cost of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12 crore, CTU’s long-route fleet will increase to 223. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

15-crore fine slapped on PGI, GMCH, GMSH over discharge of untreated sewage

The fine has been imposed on the directions of the National Green Tribunal for violation of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974

PGIMER has been discharging 3.5 million gallons of untreated sewage daily into municipal drains. (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 02:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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