Munieshwer A Sagar

Munieshwer A Sagar is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh and reports on real estate.

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Slumisation of Chandigarh: Flawed plan, political backing aided growth of slums

Post-1967, there was a major spurt in construction activity in Chandigarh and hundreds of construction workers were brought in. But there was no plan for housing them, which led to coming up of temporary shelters, which soon expanded to slums
Experts point at flaws in Chandigarh’s original plan, a governance process paralysed by ad hocism, the slum economics and politico-bureaucratic nexus as some of the causes of slumisation of Chandigarh. (Sant Arora /HT)
Experts point at flaws in Chandigarh’s original plan, a governance process paralysed by ad hocism, the slum economics and politico-bureaucratic nexus as some of the causes of slumisation of Chandigarh. (Sant Arora /HT)
Published on May 16, 2022 02:13 AM IST
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Slumisation of Chandigarh: A bugbear that’s hard to tame

Despite establishment of many rehabilitation colonies, Chandigarh is still struggling to rein in the growing slums; while the administration removes one slum, another crops up somewhere else
In the background of demolition of a slum in one area, smaller slum clusters erupt elsewhere in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)
In the background of demolition of a slum in one area, smaller slum clusters erupt elsewhere in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 13, 2022 01:52 AM IST
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Year on, Chandigarh MC yet to pick contractor for stray dog sterilisation project

Residents complained about the increasing dog-bite incidents and MC’s poor record in the stray dog sterilisation project
Chandigarh MC has failed to award the contract of the stray dog sterilisation project for a year. (HT Photo)
Chandigarh MC has failed to award the contract of the stray dog sterilisation project for a year. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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Industrial research centre to be set up in Chandigarh

The regional research-cum-testing centre in Chandigarh will primarily help the industry in quality control and creation of newer products in line with global standards
The research centre in Chandigarh is proposed to come up on the Punjab Engineering College campus in collaboration with IIT Ropar and Central Scientific Instruments Organisation. (HT File)
The research centre in Chandigarh is proposed to come up on the Punjab Engineering College campus in collaboration with IIT Ropar and Central Scientific Instruments Organisation. (HT File)
Updated on May 10, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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Chandigarh works out new plan to double its exports by 2026

The plan formulated under the aegis of director general of foreign trade, Government of India, aims to increase the city’s exports from 558 crore (in 2020-21) to 1,100 crore by 2026
Chandigarh export promotion plan proposes certain products, such as needles, auto parts, tractors parts and information technology/ information technology-enabled services, to be the focus for export promotion from the city. (HT File)
Chandigarh export promotion plan proposes certain products, such as needles, auto parts, tractors parts and information technology/ information technology-enabled services, to be the focus for export promotion from the city. (HT File)
Published on May 09, 2022 01:46 AM IST
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Chandigarh seeks restoration of posts deemed abolished during Covid pandemic

UT departments may face staff shortages in case the restoration of posts deemed abolished is not carried out: Chandigarh employees will also have reduced chances of promotions in such a scenario
Chandigarh administration wrote to Union ministry of home affairs and sough the restoration of posts deemed abolished during Covid pandemic. (HT File)
Chandigarh administration wrote to Union ministry of home affairs and sough the restoration of posts deemed abolished during Covid pandemic. (HT File)
Published on May 07, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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Chandigarh’s policy pangs: Endless wait for concrete tenancy reforms continues

For seven years, the Chandigarh administration has been working on the overhaul of the archaic law governing tenant-landlord relations in Chandigarh while disputes multiplied and landlords became more insecure about renting out properties, further causing dearth of housing supply and pushing rents up
The slow-grinding policy formulation machinery of the Chandigarh administration, which started the process for an updated Tenancy Act nearly seven years ago, has yet to effect the reforms. (HT)
The slow-grinding policy formulation machinery of the Chandigarh administration, which started the process for an updated Tenancy Act nearly seven years ago, has yet to effect the reforms. (HT)
Updated on May 05, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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Field staff to be held accountable if new encroachments crop up in Chandigarh

Chandigarh adviser Dharam Pal says he has put everybody on alert that no encroachment must come up anywhere in the city
The Chandigarh adviser’s directions come days after the administration demolished 2,500 illegal shanties at Colony Number 4 on Sunday and recovered 65 acres of government land. (HT Photo)
The Chandigarh adviser’s directions come days after the administration demolished 2,500 illegal shanties at Colony Number 4 on Sunday and recovered 65 acres of government land. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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Chandigarh Policy Pangs | Leasehold to freehold policy blueprint remains on paper

While a conversion policy for residential properties exists since 2017, that for sold commercial units has been hanging fire for three decades, leaving Chandigarh’s business and industrial community struggling with a web of troubles
Nearly 70% commercial and industrial plots in the city are leasehold, allowing occupation for a limited period, mostly 99 years, with government agencies holding the ownership rights. (HT Photo)
Nearly 70% commercial and industrial plots in the city are leasehold, allowing occupation for a limited period, mostly 99 years, with government agencies holding the ownership rights. (HT Photo)
Published on May 04, 2022 02:02 AM IST
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Non-payment of entry fee: Chandigarh admn slaps show-case notices on Uber, Ola

The entry fee is to be paid by Uber and Ola taxis, which are registered in Punjab and Haryana, when they enter Chandigarh
Uber and Ola were granted aggregator licence to operate taxi services in Chandigarh under UT’s On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2017. (HT File Photo)
Uber and Ola were granted aggregator licence to operate taxi services in Chandigarh under UT’s On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2017. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 03, 2022 04:03 AM IST
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Chandigarh’s policy pangs: Electric vehicle policy stuck in the slow lane

Four years after the Chandigarh administration took on the ambitious task of completely switching to electric vehicles by 2030 after making them mainstream in the city, it is still busy tying up the loose ends of the policy in this regard
From just 27 electric vehicle registrations with the Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, in 2017, the number went up to 1,021 in 2021. (Shutterstock)
From just 27 electric vehicle registrations with the Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, in 2017, the number went up to 1,021 in 2021. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 02, 2022 02:45 AM IST
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Chandigarh administration bulldozes Colony Number 4

Chandigarh administration moves closer to making the city slum-free by vacating around 65 acres of government land worth 2,000 crore
Some 2,500-odd shanties that had cropped up at Colony Number 4 in Chandigarh over the past 50 years were reduced to rubble after the administration’s demolition drive on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Some 2,500-odd shanties that had cropped up at Colony Number 4 in Chandigarh over the past 50 years were reduced to rubble after the administration’s demolition drive on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 02, 2022 02:51 AM IST
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Chandigarh’s policy pangs: A rocky start to startup policy

First conceptualised in 2018, the Chandigarh Startup Policy continues to hang in the balance four years later, with the UT administration repeatedly going back and forth between a city-specific policy and following central govt’s norms
Once being promoted as an IT hub, Chandigarh has been lagging behind neighbouring cities, particularly Mohali, in terms of attracting new talent and setting up industrial units. (Getty Images)
Once being promoted as an IT hub, Chandigarh has been lagging behind neighbouring cities, particularly Mohali, in terms of attracting new talent and setting up industrial units. (Getty Images)
Published on May 01, 2022 02:32 AM IST
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AAP’s fissures spill out at Chandigarh MC House meeting

Two AAP factions battle it out over allotment of mechanised cleaning of Chandigarh’s southern sectors to Lions Company
Councillors arguing during the monthly MC House meeting at the MC Office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Councillors arguing during the monthly MC House meeting at the MC Office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on May 01, 2022 02:32 AM IST
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24x7 water supply in Chandigarh: Originally left out, 13 villages to also be part of project

Deductions in other areas make surplus funds available to extend project to the 13 villages, says Chandigarh municipal commissioner
Now all features of the project, including 24x7 water supply, smart metering and modernised piped water supply, will be provided at these 13 villages on the same scale as Chandigarh’s sectors. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Now all features of the project, including 24x7 water supply, smart metering and modernised piped water supply, will be provided at these 13 villages on the same scale as Chandigarh’s sectors. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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Chandigarh | Parking policy stuck in first gear

A top-heavy Chandigarh administration has time and again shown that it struggles with policy formulation. In this multi-part series, Hindustan Times examines key policies that await implementation despite being notified and those that remain on the drawing board stage even after several years have passed.
Chandigarh was designed for a population of five lakh but now, it has grown to over 12 lakh, and so has its vehicle density. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Chandigarh was designed for a population of five lakh but now, it has grown to over 12 lakh, and so has its vehicle density. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 01:37 AM IST
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Colony No. 4 demolition: Chandigarh admn allows residents 7 days to present papers for flat allotment

The Colony No.4 residents found eligible will be allotted alternative housing under the Chandigarh Small Flat Scheme, 2006
Aam Aadmi Party councillors also met the Chandigarh adviser on Tuesday with a request to defer the Colony No.4 demolition drive. (HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party councillors also met the Chandigarh adviser on Tuesday with a request to defer the Colony No.4 demolition drive. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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Four months after MC polls, Chandigarh mayor yet to form sub-panels

The 12 sub-panels, which can approve works costing up to 15 lakh, are crucial to the Chandigarh MC’s working
In the absence of these sub-panels, the F&CC committee has been flooded with requests for approval of even small civic works, not allowing it to take up key policy issues, said a Chandigarh MC official (HT)
In the absence of these sub-panels, the F&CC committee has been flooded with requests for approval of even small civic works, not allowing it to take up key policy issues, said a Chandigarh MC official (HT)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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Chandigarh Housing Board to auction unsold leasehold commercial units as freehold

A total of 98 commercial properties are lying unsold with Chandigarh Housing Board, some even 44 years old, according to board CEO Yashpal Garg
The Chandigarh Housing Board will now auction all its unsold leasehold commercial properties, including the larger plots in Chandigarh IT Park, as freehold. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Chandigarh Housing Board will now auction all its unsold leasehold commercial properties, including the larger plots in Chandigarh IT Park, as freehold. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 02:54 AM IST
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Chandigarh’s 13 villages to come under property tax ambit

After the go-ahead from the UT administration, Chandigarh MC will soon start issuing property tax bills at these villages, which came under its jurisdiction in December 2018
In addition to the commercial properties in 13 villages, MC will also collect property tax from around 16,000 houses in EWS colonies in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)
In addition to the commercial properties in 13 villages, MC will also collect property tax from around 16,000 houses in EWS colonies in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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Chandigarh: Consumers’ demand for monthly power bills still a far cry

Despite directions from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the long-standing demand of Chandigarh’s power consumers for monthly instead of bi-monthly billing is unlikely to be met any time soon
At present, more than 85% power consumers (domestic and commercial) in Chandigarh are billed on bi-monthly basis. (HT File)
At present, more than 85% power consumers (domestic and commercial) in Chandigarh are billed on bi-monthly basis. (HT File)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Building violations delinked from transfer of Chandigarh Housing Board properties

Decision applicable on all Chandigarh Housing Board built-up commercial and residential units, irrespective of leasehold or freehold allotment
So far, the Chandigarh Housing Board didn’t allow transfer of properties with building violations in its records after the sale was executed. (Stock image)
So far, the Chandigarh Housing Board didn’t allow transfer of properties with building violations in its records after the sale was executed. (Stock image)
Published on Apr 23, 2022 01:33 AM IST
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Chandigarh admn gives slum-dwellers two days to leave before razing Colony Number 4

Chandigarh Estate Office personnel on Thursday made public announcements at the colony asking residents to remove their belongings
Through public announcements, colony residents were told on Thursday to remove their belongings and vacate the land before April 23. (HT Photo)
Through public announcements, colony residents were told on Thursday to remove their belongings and vacate the land before April 23. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 02:13 AM IST
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No power tariff hike planned in Chandigarh this year

Chandigarh administration sends recommendation to Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission that will take the final call
Notably, the last increase in the domestic and commercial electricity tariff was in 2018-2019. (Hindustan Times)
Notably, the last increase in the domestic and commercial electricity tariff was in 2018-2019. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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Chandigarh MC to set up city’s first plastic waste processing plant

The Chandigarh municipal corporation has decided to set up a plastic waste processing plant in the city; to decide the model and learn from experience of other cities, a high-level MC team led by MC commissioner Anindita Mitra is visiting different places which already have such a facility
Chandigarh MC wants to process different types of waste generated in the city in dedicated facilities. (HT File)
Chandigarh MC wants to process different types of waste generated in the city in dedicated facilities. (HT File)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 01:33 AM IST
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Chandigarh’s green cover to grow as afforestation plan takes root

A detailed plan, under which 80,000 new trees will be planted to increase green cover by different Chandigarh administration departments, has been put in place
Chandigarh administration has devised a plan to increase the city’s green cover. (HT File)
Chandigarh administration has devised a plan to increase the city’s green cover. (HT File)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 02:58 AM IST
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Chandigarh MC to start SMS and email alerts for property tax payments

Residents can get registered for getting SMS and email alerts for property tax payments at the Chandigarh MC’s official website under the “service” column
Chandigarh MC wil soon launch the service of providing SMS and email alerts for property tax payments. (HT File)
Chandigarh MC wil soon launch the service of providing SMS and email alerts for property tax payments. (HT File)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:47 AM IST
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Chandigarh | Administration revives plan to privatise CITCO hotels

Chandigarh administration officials have been told to come up with a model for privatisation of CITCO hotels– be it leasing these out, handing over operations and management functions to a private entity or even outright sale.
In June 2019, the Chandigarh administration had mooted the idea to privatise three major public-sector hotels — Mountview (Sector 10), Shivalikview (Sector 17) and Parkview (Sector 24) — being run by CITCO. These were later put on the back burner following Covid-19 outbreak. (HT File)
In June 2019, the Chandigarh administration had mooted the idea to privatise three major public-sector hotels — Mountview (Sector 10), Shivalikview (Sector 17) and Parkview (Sector 24) — being run by CITCO. These were later put on the back burner following Covid-19 outbreak. (HT File)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:40 AM IST
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Soon, house owners in Chandigarh can get rooftop solar panels installed for free

Chandigarh administration is set to roll out the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model, under which a private firm will be responsible for developing, installing, financing and operating the rooftop solar power plant
While consumers (house owners in Chandigarh) won’t be charged for installation of rooftop solar panels, RESCO will own the rooftop solar plants for 15 years, after which the ownership will be transferred to the consumer (HT File)
While consumers (house owners in Chandigarh) won’t be charged for installation of rooftop solar panels, RESCO will own the rooftop solar plants for 15 years, after which the ownership will be transferred to the consumer (HT File)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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Soon, zoom into Chandigarh’s parking lots with FASTag

Already mandatory on national highways, FASTag technology set to be adopted at Chandigarh’s paid parking lots for swift entry
FASTag will allow visitors to simply drive through the parking entry/exit point without stopping for payment. (HT File Photo)
FASTag will allow visitors to simply drive through the parking entry/exit point without stopping for payment. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 04:11 AM IST
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