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
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Chlorinators at many tubewells lying defunct; cos refuse to take up job

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2012 10:04 PM IST
Residents of several southern sectors in Chandigarh have been consuming unchlorinated water unknowingly for the last three years as a majority of chlorinators installed at tubewells run by the local municipal corporation are lying defunct.
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Whiff of scam? XENs float Rs 7-cr tenders against norms

None | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2012 11:59 PM IST
In a case of gross violation of the Departmental Financial Rules (DFR) of the UT administration and misuse of power, two executive engineers of the public health wing floated tenders worth Rs 7 crore under the non-plan head from October 2011 to July 2012. Doubts are being raised now on whether the amount has been actually spent or not.
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R17 lakh per valve in water pipeline project, MC quotes without support

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2012 12:01 PM IST
In an apparent move to mislead the Municipal Corporation (MC) house, the public health department of the civic body has quoted an imaginary figure of Rs 17 lakh per valve in Rs 1.15-crore project.
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MC forced to incur losses as parking lots in city fail to attract contractors

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2012 10:28 AM IST
Ever since paid parking was introduced in the city in 2003, paid parking issue has continued to dog the local body. Problems pertaining to paid parking of vehicles across City Beautiful continue to dog the MC despite the fact that three different heads have handled the charge in the past nine years.
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GMADA puts 106 marriage palaces on closure notice after HC order

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2012 12:10 PM IST
Complying with the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has issued closure notices to 106 marriages palaces functioning under its area of jurisdiction.
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It's official, contaminated supply led to outbreak in Mauli Jagran

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2012 10:54 PM IST
The magisterial inquiry report pertaining to the outbreak of diarrhoea in Mauli Jagran in June, where more than 2,000 diarrhoea cases were reported and eight persons had lost their lives, has revealed that contaminated water supply was the main reason behind the outbreak.
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Advertiser makes hay as MC looks away

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2012 06:03 PM IST
An advertising company which has erected about 25 hoardings in SAS Nagar without permission continues to evade advertisement tax to the tune of Rs 55 lakh, thanks to the laxity of the municipal corporation authorities and their selective approach when it comes to recovery of taxes.
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MC procures sub standard RCC pipes

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh:
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2012 11:28 AM IST
The 10 MGD sewerage treatment plant near 3 BRD, which is under construction, has hit a roadblock after the contractor started laying sub-standard pipes.
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Councillors report a poor track record in utilising allocated funds

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2012 11:21 AM IST
Even as the municipal corporation house approved enhancement of ward development fund of elected councillors from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1 crore per year, the track record of councilors in spending these fund doesn't offer much to tom-tom about.
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Chandigarh dispensaries in ICU

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2012 01:26 AM IST
On the priority list of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), healthcare is lingering somewhere at the bottom. The 20 dispensaries run by the civic body stand testimony. Four dispensaries have no doctors, and many are operating from dilapidated buildings.
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Chandigarh dispensaries in ICU

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2012 12:44 AM IST
On the priority list of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), healthcare is lingering somewhere at the bottom. The 20 dispensaries run by the civic body stand testimony.
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Residents of 5 sectors suffer due to MC's negligence

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2012 11:17 AM IST
The municipal corporation’s negligence cost dear for two lakh residents in the city. Acute water shortage in five sectors (from Sector 48-52) since the past three days was a cause of worry for these residents.
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Short spell of rain leaves roads inundated

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2012 12:41 AM IST
The municipal corporation's tall claims of spending more than Rs 2 crore on cleaning road gullies fell flat as the two-hour rainfall inundated roads, flooded roundabouts and forced residents at several places to take out water from their houses. A public health department report points out why the situation turned so bad.
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MC 'fails' to do primary duty

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2012 04:34 PM IST
If you want to know how serious the civic body is about educational infrastructure, just visit any of the seven primary schools the UT administration transferred it in September 2010.
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MC's Rs 196-crore sewerage project dumped

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2012 02:18 PM IST
In a setback to Chandigarh municipal corporation, the UT administration has finally scrapped a Rs 196-crore project for replacing brick sewerage with reinforced cement concrete (RCC) in the entire city.
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Silent six: councillors with no issue to raise

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2012 04:11 PM IST
Mum's the word for six councillors in the municipal corporation House. Ever since the new civic body was formed six months ago, four elected and two nominated councillors have remained tongue-tied.
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Semester system scrapped in PSEB-affiliated schools

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2012 11:55 PM IST
Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka today scrapped the semester system introduced three years ago in Classes 9 to 12 in schools affiliated to Punjab School Education Board.
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Will IT work for MC this time?

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2012 06:24 PM IST
The municipal corporation seems to have not learnt a lesson from its past experience. Once again, it has splurged Rs 17 lakh to make councillors tech-savvy despite the fact that the move had failed to bring desired results last time.

MC fails to leash stray dogs

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2012 10:54 AM IST
With six incidents of residents being bitten by stray dogs reported in Sector 48 three days back, panic has gripped the entire area but the Municipal Corporation has failed to put a leash on the stray dogs' menace. Their number has shot up to 12,000.
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Water woes keep women on the boil

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2012 03:28 PM IST
Women of the house are not happy, and the municipal corporation is to blame. As mercury climbs every day, low water pressure and erratic supply has been haunting residents from past one month. To overcome this dry spell, women are left with no option but to adjust their body clock
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5,000 lives put into peril

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2012 12:48 PM IST
Around 5,000 people living in nearly 1,000 houses of the Chandigarh Housing Board enclave in Sector 51 are facing a threat of epidemic, as a tubewell supplying water to them is functioning without a chlorinator.
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Exposing scam puts councillor under MC panel’s 'scanner'

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2012 02:41 PM IST
The seven-member panel formed by the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to probe into an alleged scam in the laying of a water pipeline that caused a Rs 2-crore loss to the Military Engineering Services (MES) has lost it way.
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Two months on, police await viscera report

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2012 12:31 PM IST
Nearly two months after an NRI woman died at her native village, Khalyan, in Kapurthala district under mysterious circumstances, the police are still awaiting the viscera report from the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kharar.
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MC mulls tax on 8 or more marla houses

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2012 04:43 PM IST
Faced with tremendous pressure from the UT administration, the municipal corporation of Chandigarh after five years is planning to impose house tax on 8-marla (200 square yard) and above houses in the city. There are around 35,000 houses, which come under this category.
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Centre dumps MC's Rs 193-crore project

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2012 04:48 PM IST
In a blow to the municipal corporation, the union ministry of urban development has dumped a Rs 193-crore project for replacing sewerage pipeline network's brick sewers with reinforced cement concrete (RCC) as the former has failed to re-submit the project in time.
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Illegal basements: MC collects tax instead of taking action

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2012 11:22 AM IST
In a major violation of rules, the municipal corporation of Chandigarh is charging property tax of Rs 5,000 per booth every year from 116 booths with illegal basements in the motor market-cum- commercial complex in Manimajra. Instead of taking action against building violators, the MC has collected property tax to tune of nearly Rs 50 lakh since 2004.
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No takers for Chandigarh MC scheme

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2012 11:42 AM IST
Even after spending Rs 15 crore on tertiary treated water supply project to supply water to houses of one kanal and above in Sectors 31 to 48, the MC has found no takers.
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MC's water supply system a leaky affair

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2012 02:14 PM IST
Even as the public health department of the municipal corporation is issuing notices to violators for wasting water in the morning hours, its own department has failed to check leakage of water during the water supply hours in the distribution network. The wastage is maximum in colonies and villages.
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MC fails on fire safety norms

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2012 12:24 PM IST
Chandigarh municipal corporation has failed to conduct any effective drive to check fire safety norms at buildings in the city. Only four buildings -- three in Sector 34 and one in industrial area -- have been sealed in the past four years for violation of fire safety norms.
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NRI murdered for Rs 12-cr insurance: family

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2012 01:48 PM IST
Almost a month after an NRI woman died at her native village, Khalyan, in Kapurthala district, her family members have accused her husband of murdering her for insurance money of $2.5 million (Rs 12.5 crore).
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