Vivek Gupta

Vivek Gupta

Vivek Gupta is a senior correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Panchkula, besides writing on medical education.

Articles by Vivek Gupta
Residents have complained of blocked road gullies leading to waterlogging during rain.(HT file photo for representation)
Residents have complained of blocked road gullies leading to waterlogging during rain.(HT file photo for representation)

Monsoon a month away, only 10% road gullies cleaned in Chandigarh

By Vivek Gupta and Rajanbir Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 10:58 PM IST
Municipal corporation sets target to clean all 30,000 road gullies by June 30, also asks UT to get seasonal choes cleaned
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Residents of Daria village, Chandigarh, protesting against the shortage of drinking water in their area on Tuesday.(Sant Arora/HT)
Residents of Daria village, Chandigarh, protesting against the shortage of drinking water in their area on Tuesday.(Sant Arora/HT)

In corona times, water crisis adds to woes in Chandigarh villages

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 11:02 PM IST
Complaints of water shortage are also pouring in daily from other villages in the periphery—Daria, Hallomajra, Ram Darbar, Kishangarh, Palsora, Dhanas and Maloya
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The MC’s engineering branch had prepared three major agendas worth ₹155 crore — civic amenities for villages for ₹100 crore, road works due for 2020-21 fiscal for ₹45 crore, and ₹10 crore of development works for Manimajra.(HT Photo for representation)
The MC’s engineering branch had prepared three major agendas worth ₹155 crore — civic amenities for villages for ₹100 crore, road works due for 2020-21 fiscal for ₹45 crore, and ₹10 crore of development works for Manimajra.(HT Photo for representation)

155 cr development works on agenda in Chandigarh MC House meet

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 11:01 PM IST
The meeting, for the first time, will take place through video conferencing
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Ex-bureaucrat’s Covid positive son goes missing: Family on the run too

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Panchkula, Panchkula
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 01:26 AM IST
Civil surgeon complains to police, also seeks legal action against family under the Epidemic Act for not cooperating with health authorities
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The public bicycle sharing project that was to start from June in a phased manner will now commence from August, said smart city officials.(HT Photo for representation)
The public bicycle sharing project that was to start from June in a phased manner will now commence from August, said smart city officials.(HT Photo for representation)

Deadline of Chandigarh smart city projects extended by 2 months

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 12:46 AM IST
Web portal already launched, e-governance project likely by June 1
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After the lockdown delayed road re-carpeting and repair works, contractors on Wednesday, began basic road cleaning work, while the laying of bitumen and tar-coal will begin in the next few days in Chandigarh.(HT file photo)
After the lockdown delayed road re-carpeting and repair works, contractors on Wednesday, began basic road cleaning work, while the laying of bitumen and tar-coal will begin in the next few days in Chandigarh.(HT file photo)

Chandigarh MC resumes road repairs, priority is stalled projects

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 12:26 AM IST
The civic body’s chief engineer said they are aiming at completing allotted works worth 30 crore before the monsoon sets in
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Failure to achieve 100% segregation, lack of scientific processing, cleaning of public places are among reasons for Chandigarh’s poor show.(HT Photo for representation)
Failure to achieve 100% segregation, lack of scientific processing, cleaning of public places are among reasons for Chandigarh’s poor show.(HT Photo for representation)

Chandigarh gets just 3 stars in Centre’s garbage-free rating

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 12:40 PM IST
In 2019 when the rating was begun, the city got only two stars, but the MC was aiming for five-star this year and planning to achieve the highest seven-star rating next year
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As per Centre’s policy, quarantining in hotels is the only option currently.(HT File Photo)
As per Centre’s policy, quarantining in hotels is the only option currently.(HT File Photo)

Centre turns down Chandigarh’s request to quarantine foreign returnees at home

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2020 07:59 PM IST
The UT administration was of the view that home quarantining foreign returnees was possible in Chandigarh since residents here were mostly well educated and houses were large enough to allow self-isolation protocols
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The UT administration has maintained that Sukhna Lake is not a place of entertainment, and only walking is allowed there.(HT FILE)
The UT administration has maintained that Sukhna Lake is not a place of entertainment, and only walking is allowed there.(HT FILE)

MHA found no fault with admn’s curfew relaxations: UT adviser

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2020 12:20 AM IST
UT and MHA officials held a video conferencing meeting on Saturday in which the curfew relaxations were thoroughly examined, and MHA found no fault in UT’s orders, says adviser
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The accused, who has three daughters and two sons, has been sent to judicial custody.(HT Photo)
The accused, who has three daughters and two sons, has been sent to judicial custody.(HT Photo)

Man confesses to raping 21-year-old daughter: Police

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Panchkula, Panchkula
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 08:48 PM IST
A marketing executive at a kitchen appliance company in Panchkula, the 49-year-old man used to force himself on his daughter mostly in an inebriated state, when other family members were asleep
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The victim revealed to the police that her father had been repeatedly raping her, resulting in the pregnancy.(Representative photo)
The victim revealed to the police that her father had been repeatedly raping her, resulting in the pregnancy.(Representative photo)

Father held for rape as 21-year-old woman delivers stillborn baby in Panchkula

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Panchkula, Panchkula
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 12:17 AM IST
Police say though the woman maintained that no other member of the family was aware of her plight, there were many gaps in her statement, as no noticed her nine-month pregnancy
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After imposing the curfew on March 24, UT administration had allowed shops to reopen on rotation basis from May 3.(HT File Photo)
After imposing the curfew on March 24, UT administration had allowed shops to reopen on rotation basis from May 3.(HT File Photo)

Odd-even restrictions might be lifted for shops in Chandigarh’s neighbourhood markets

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 02:12 AM IST
Centre focusing on welfare of small traders, say sources, administration officials non-committal on other relaxations
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Chandigarh residents want to home quarantine their family members who have returned from abroad as many fear for the safety of their daughters and womenfolk in hotels.(HT file photo)
Chandigarh residents want to home quarantine their family members who have returned from abroad as many fear for the safety of their daughters and womenfolk in hotels.(HT file photo)

Chandigarh seeks Centre’s nod on home quarantine of foreign returnees

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2020 12:47 AM IST
UT adviser Manoj Parida said he was optimistic about a nod from the Centre, as people of the city are well educated and houses are large enough to follow self-isolation protocols
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Among the five who returned to Chandigarh, were four students from Singapore and a doctor from PGIMER who was on a sabbatical in Dhaka.(HT photo)
Among the five who returned to Chandigarh, were four students from Singapore and a doctor from PGIMER who was on a sabbatical in Dhaka.(HT photo)

After fear, uncertainty, homecoming sweet for foreign returnees in Chandigarh

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2020 12:43 AM IST
A 20-year-old had to borrow money for the super expensive flight ticket from Singapore to Delhi
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Now, people returning from abroad can rent a place for 100-10,000 a day in Chandigarh

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2020 01:12 AM IST
First batch of 5 passengers reached UT late Tuesday; Covid testing made mandatory for all returnees
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UT adviser said detailed guidelines issued by the central government in allowing home isolation of positive cases will be strictly followed in permitting such cases.
UT adviser said detailed guidelines issued by the central government in allowing home isolation of positive cases will be strictly followed in permitting such cases.

Chandigarh admn allows home isolation of mild Covid patients after 10 days of hospitalisation

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 12:00 AM IST
Only those patients who have adequate facilities for home quarantine and can follow proper isolation and social distancing will be released under this move
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There are 2,500 houses in Bapu Dham Colony, which is a major hotspot in Chandigarh, with 110 of the total 174 cases in the city.(Keshav Singh/HT)
There are 2,500 houses in Bapu Dham Colony, which is a major hotspot in Chandigarh, with 110 of the total 174 cases in the city.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Just 12 houses in Chandigarh’s Bapu Dham Colony account for three-fourths cases

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 12:22 AM IST
People sneaking out of containment zone remains a challenge for authorities; 1,000 residents under home quarantine
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Officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) visit Dharavi slums during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) visit Dharavi slums during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Drop in number of fatalities as civic bodies struggle to update data due to Covid-19 lockdown

By Eeshanpriya M S, Vivek Gupta, Ranjan, Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai/Chandigarh/Bhopal/Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Municipal officials in many other cities Hindustan Times reporters got in touch with did not provide any data on the deaths citing lockdown restrictions.
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Different level of spaces will be created at hotels on payment basis.(HT File Photo)
Different level of spaces will be created at hotels on payment basis.(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh residents coming from abroad to be brought back home

By Vivek Gupta Rajanbir Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2020 02:27 AM IST
Around 5,000 NRIs are expected to return to Chandigarh; They will be brought here in buses and housed in quarantine facilities
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MC targets Rs 48-crore collection this year.(HT File Photo)
MC targets Rs 48-crore collection this year.(HT File Photo)

Property tax: 1 lakh assessees in Chandigarh to get advance notices by May end

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2020 02:03 AM IST
Payment with rebate can be made between June 1 and July 31, following which 25% penalty will be imposed
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MC works worth 400-crore approved for 2020-21 unlikely to be finished in Chandigarh

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 09:25 AM IST
MC’s 2020-21 budget cleared in February had outlined 443 crore for capital expenditure in which major focus was on roads, waste management, water storage capacity augmentation, better civic amenities in villages and changing of the defunct storm and sewerage lines.
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Panchkula, like Chandigarh, got its first case in mid-March, but the number of cases did not spike after a family of nine in Sector 15 and seven people with Tablighi link were tested positive.(ht file photo)
Panchkula, like Chandigarh, got its first case in mid-March, but the number of cases did not spike after a family of nine in Sector 15 and seven people with Tablighi link were tested positive.(ht file photo)

Fresh case in Panchkula after 18 days, count reaches 19

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Panchkula, Panchkula
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2020 12:25 AM IST
Last case was reported from Pinjore’s Nava Nagar village on April 20.
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32% spike in non-Covid deaths of senior citizens in April in Chandigarh, admn to examine trend

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 11:08 PM IST
Last year, 118 deaths of senior citizens were reported in April, which increased to 156 this time, as per data obtained from the municipal corporation’s birth and death control department
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Bapudham colony became Chandigarh’s first main hotspot, accounting for almost half of the city’s positive cases to date.(HT file photo)
Bapudham colony became Chandigarh’s first main hotspot, accounting for almost half of the city’s positive cases to date.(HT file photo)

Chandigarh’s ‘super spreader’ cries foul, seeks to clear name

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 10:35 PM IST
The GMCH-32 medical attendant denies throwing a party leading to spread of virus in Bapudham; police, too, said they found no evidence of a party
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Besides this relief coming after 40 days, the whole city will not remain a containment zone and these will be restricted to the six Covid-19 affected pockets, including parts of hotspots Bapu Dham Colony and Sector 30, where no relaxations will be granted.(HT FILE)
Besides this relief coming after 40 days, the whole city will not remain a containment zone and these will be restricted to the six Covid-19 affected pockets, including parts of hotspots Bapu Dham Colony and Sector 30, where no relaxations will be granted.(HT FILE)

Chandigarh curfew to be lifted at Sunday midnight

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2020 12:55 AM IST
Containment zone curtailed to six pockets, wider relaxations in remaining city under new odd-even experiment for shops, vehicles from tomorrow
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A drone is deployed by the Chandigarh Police to keep a check on people in a sealed area of the Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday.(KESHAV SINGH/HT)
A drone is deployed by the Chandigarh Police to keep a check on people in a sealed area of the Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday.(KESHAV SINGH/HT)

Fresh Covid cases in new areas giving Chandigarh administration nightmares

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 11:27 PM IST
A major cause of worry for the administration was the discovery of fresh cases in erstwhile unaffected area of Sector 15 and resurgence of a new case in Sector 38 with no links to the existing Covid patients
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Chandigarh administration workers installing CCTV cameras in Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26—Chandigarh’s major Covid hotspot—after the area was sealed on Thursday.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Chandigarh administration workers installing CCTV cameras in Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26—Chandigarh’s major Covid hotspot—after the area was sealed on Thursday.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

After Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 30 emerges as second biggest Covid hotspot in Chandigarh with 16 cases

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 01:36 AM IST
The locality’s 600 households are home to approximately 4,000 people living in multi-storey 2 marla houses
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Health workers, policemen and Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Health workers, policemen and Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.(Anil Dayal/HT)

How Bapu Dham Colony became Chandigarh’s first major hotspot

By Vivek Gupta and Shub Karman Dhaliwal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 05:38 AM IST
Since April 24, 23 cases have been reported in the area
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Free ration rumour triggers commotion in Chandigarh’s Hallomajra

By Vivek Gupta | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 11:05 PM IST
Police dispersed crowd that had gathered near a government dispensary in the area, where 3,000 beneficiaries have been awaiting free ration from the administration for days
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MHA order on opening shops brings no respite to Chandigarh

By Vivek Gupta, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2020 11:56 PM IST
Order does not allow commercial establishments to open in cities declared containment zones
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