Hillary Victor

Hillary Victor

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

Articles by Hillary Victor
People in the new sectors under GMADA are currently paying five times the regular charges of Rs 5.25 per kilolitre compared to other sectors under MC (pictured here) with rates of Rs 1.8 per kilolitre.(Sourced)
People in the new sectors under GMADA are currently paying five times the regular charges of Rs 5.25 per kilolitre compared to other sectors under MC (pictured here) with rates of Rs 1.8 per kilolitre.(Sourced)

Water parity for new sectors from Jan 1 as Mohali MC takes over GMADA areas

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Senior GMADA official says authority ready to hand over supply to MC and it would involve ‘only a day’s work’
Residents of sectors 66 to 69 and 76 to 81, 88 and Aerocity, in Mohali, with a combined population of around one lakh, are at present paying five times the amount charged in other areas under the MC(HT Phjoto)
Residents of sectors 66 to 69 and 76 to 81, 88 and Aerocity, in Mohali, with a combined population of around one lakh, are at present paying five times the amount charged in other areas under the MC(HT Phjoto)

Steep water tariff in GMADA areas of Mohali is key issue for MC polls

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 01:31 AM IST
People of GMADA sectors only talking about the water parity issue, says Sucha Singh Kalaur, president of the Plot Allotment and Development Welfare Committee, Sectors 76 to 80.
A building collapsed in Zirakpur’s Balaji Enclave on Monday, December 7 after a plot next to it was dug beyond permissible limits. The MC has been not taking action in a number of cases of violations of building bye-laws.(HT Photo)
A building collapsed in Zirakpur’s Balaji Enclave on Monday, December 7 after a plot next to it was dug beyond permissible limits. The MC has been not taking action in a number of cases of violations of building bye-laws.(HT Photo)

Zirakpur MC detects violations in 100 buildings, but does nothing

Hindustan Times, Zirakpur | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 11:21 PM IST
MC had found violations in the buildings in a 2019 survey, but even though cases were filed before the Dera Bassi magistrate, officials of the civic body did not pursue the matter, resulting in dismissal of some cases
Punjab Cabinet minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s brother, Amarjeet Singh Sidhu (pictured here) will be contesting the Mohali municipal corporation elections scheduled for February next year.(HT Photo)
Punjab Cabinet minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s brother, Amarjeet Singh Sidhu (pictured here) will be contesting the Mohali municipal corporation elections scheduled for February next year.(HT Photo)

Cong finalises Mohali MC poll list, Balbir Sidhu’s brother in fray

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 11:49 PM IST
The party is yet to officially announce the names
The Mohali municipal corporation elections are scheduled for February next year.(Sourced)
The Mohali municipal corporation elections are scheduled for February next year.(Sourced)

SAD (Dhindsa) opts out of Mohali MC poll fray, to support AAP, independents

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:20 PM IST
Other parties will have to face a tough battle, says Shiromani Akali Dal ( Dhindsa) leader Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu

In November, Mohali sees 60% jump in Covid cases, 45% in deaths

PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 11:55 PM IST
In comparison, Panchkula and Chandigarh recorded 35% and 20% rise in infections, while the number of deaths, in fact, dropped by 50% and 20%, respectively
Roads are in a dilapidated condition and get waterlogged every time it rains.
Roads are in a dilapidated condition and get waterlogged every time it rains.

Mohali industrial area’s upkeep stuck in red tape

PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Even as 12 crore have been collected as property tax in the past three years, only 3 crore have been spent on development

Want to get land registered, take driving test in Mohali? Get sampled for Covid first

PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 12:20 AM IST
Around 100 people who came for land registry sampled at Dera Bassi tehsil office on Wednesday
Rescuers look for bodies in the rubble of a building that collapsed in Dera Bassi on September 24. A report from the sub divisional magistrate Kuldeep Singh Bawa has revealed that the building owner had hired unskilled labourers for construction work in the building.(HT file photo)
Rescuers look for bodies in the rubble of a building that collapsed in Dera Bassi on September 24. A report from the sub divisional magistrate Kuldeep Singh Bawa has revealed that the building owner had hired unskilled labourers for construction work in the building.(HT file photo)

Dera Bassi building collapse: Owner hired unskilled labour, says SDM’s report

Hindustan Times, Dera Bassi | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Initially, a contractor was hired for the construction work in the building in February this year, but later his services appear to have been discontinued as Hardev Singh hired unskilled labourers after the March lockdown
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GMADA upgrading Togan road in Mullanpur to six lanes

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 07:40 AM IST
This will provide better connectivity to Chandigarh and the upcoming Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) in New Chandigarh, which is expected to host domestic and international matches by September next year

NGT imposes penalty of 2 lakh on Zirakpur, Banur MCs for poor waste mgmt

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 11:00 PM IST
Warns Mohali MC of similar penalty, while directing it to streamline waste management by January 31, 2021

Mohali city accounts for 80% Covid cases in district in past two weeks

PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 10:35 PM IST
Even on Tuesday, of 84 fresh cases in the district, 63 (75%) were from Mohali city
The scene of the blast at Lalru on Friday.(HT Photo)
The scene of the blast at Lalru on Friday.(HT Photo)

Lalru dhaba blast: No action by govt despite complaints earlier, say oil companies

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Thefts stop when dhabas are raided after complaints to authorities, but the problem starts again soon, says a senior official of Indian Oil Corporation Limited
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Blast during fuel theft: Well-oiled nexus rampant at 19 dhabas in Dera Bassi, reveals probe

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 12:41 AM IST
District administration to raid the dhabas to rein in the illegal practice.
(HT FILE)
(HT FILE)

121 stubble burning incidents, 60 FIRs in Mohali in one month

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 12:31 AM IST
More than half the cases have been reported from the Dera Bassi subdivision
Investigations have revealed that 66 documents were allegedly marked to a Zirakpur naib tehsildar for registration with his signature on the day of his arrest.(Shutterstock)
Investigations have revealed that 66 documents were allegedly marked to a Zirakpur naib tehsildar for registration with his signature on the day of his arrest.(Shutterstock)

Sub registrar in vigilance custody, but 66 land deeds registered in his office

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 10:21 PM IST
Probe report states that the documents had been registered without the registering officer seeing or identifying the parties – in violation of the Registration Act, 1908.
GMADA has not paid the tax ever since it was introduced in 2014-15.
GMADA has not paid the tax ever since it was introduced in 2014-15.
A racket involving fake passports for gangsters has recently been unearthed in Zirakpur, Punjab.(HT Photo)
A racket involving fake passports for gangsters has recently been unearthed in Zirakpur, Punjab.(HT Photo)

Zirakpur policemen helped gangsters get fake passports

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 11:05 PM IST
Documents forged for gangster Raju alias Raju Basodi from Haryana and more than 40 others with criminal links
A firecracker wholesaler awaiting customers in Kurali, Mohali district, on Friday.(Gurminder SIngh/HT)
A firecracker wholesaler awaiting customers in Kurali, Mohali district, on Friday.(Gurminder SIngh/HT)

Covid shadow: Kurali’s fireworks business dips by 50%

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 12:33 AM IST
The wholesalers in Kurali supply crackers to Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and various parts of Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, and normally witness business of nearly 7 crore every year.
Set up in 1981, PunCom is India’s premier telecom and IT equipment and solutions provider company, supplying and implementing a host of state-of-the-art telecommunications software and integrated solutions.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Set up in 1981, PunCom is India’s premier telecom and IT equipment and solutions provider company, supplying and implementing a host of state-of-the-art telecommunications software and integrated solutions.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Audit flags mismanagement at PunCom: Financial losses of 2 crore, failed investments, overpaid staff

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 11:11 PM IST
Among the significant findings of the audit report, there was irregular payment of around 95 lakh in the form of retention allowance to employees under the superannuation scheme.

Chandigarh-Kharar flyover project: Ludhiana link to open on December 15

PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2020 10:50 PM IST
The Rupnagar link is expected to be opened by January 15 next year
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SAD, BJP file 41 objections to delimitation of wards in Mohali

PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2020 12:00 AM IST
The councillors have accused the ruling Congress government in Punjab of acting like a dictator and carrying out delimitation to benefit its party councillors
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1,000 Mohali women awaiting government’s wedding shagun are now nursing babies

UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:42 PM IST
Punjab social justice and empowerment director says money will be released by the end of November
The department has started the process to get approvals under Section 4 (publication of preliminary notification and powers of officers thereupon) of the Land Acquisition Act, which will be done within a week’s time, said the official, adding that the entire process will be completed by March next year.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The department has started the process to get approvals under Section 4 (publication of preliminary notification and powers of officers thereupon) of the Land Acquisition Act, which will be done within a week’s time, said the official, adding that the entire process will be completed by March next year.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Industries to come up over 500 acres in Mohali’s Sector 101

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hillary Victor
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 10:53 PM IST
GMADA begins process to acquire land in Manuli and Durali villages under new land pooling policy for industrial development
The survey teams found that around 25,800 hectares of land was under paddy cultivation, which is expected to result in 1.29 lakh quintals of crop residue.(HT File Photo)
The survey teams found that around 25,800 hectares of land was under paddy cultivation, which is expected to result in 1.29 lakh quintals of crop residue.(HT File Photo)

50% of Mohali’s fields under stubble burning: Admn survey

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 08:30 PM IST
As many as 35 farmers have been fined Rs 90,000 in the past one month.
The property has been bought by Delhi-based Homeland Builders in a bid said to be highest ever
The property has been bought by Delhi-based Homeland Builders in a bid said to be highest ever

4.6-acre housing project site in Sector 77 fetched for 100 crore

UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:43 AM IST
Since it is a prime location, we will be constructing the tallest towers of tricity there. We are hoping to start the construction work by next month, says Homeland Builders CEO Umang Jindal
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Recovery rate in Mohali touches 94%, active cases a little over 500

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:43 PM IST
At present, there are 12,213 positive cases, out of which 11,461 have recovered and 516 remain active
A residential plot of 500 square yards in Aerocity went for ₹1.93 crore against the reserve price of ₹1.4 crore, while a booth in Sector 61 went for ₹1.15 crore against the reserve price of ₹77 lakh.
A residential plot of 500 square yards in Aerocity went for ₹1.93 crore against the reserve price of ₹1.4 crore, while a booth in Sector 61 went for ₹1.15 crore against the reserve price of ₹77 lakh.

Hope revives for realty as GMADA finds buyers for 50% of its sites in Mohali

UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 11:53 PM IST
We are satisfied with the result and it shows that the realty sector has picked up. We were able to earn 417 crore against reserve price of 800 crore, says GMADA chief administrator Pradeep Kumar Agrawal
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