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

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Chandigarh set for a triangular contest as SAD throws its hat in ring

The contenders for the ticket include SAD’s Chandigarh unit president and two-time MC councillor Hardeep Singh, former mayor Harjinder Kaur, and party’s organisation secy and spokesperson Harjeet Bhullar

Until now, SAD had been backing candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with whom it has been in alliance since 1996. (HT File)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 05:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

MP report card: Health concerns, delay in projects mark Kirron Kher’s second tenure

Five years on, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the performance of Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who says she did her best for her constituency despite health challenges. But will her best be good enough for BJP’s Sanjay Tandon as he leads the party’s charge in City Beautiful this time.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher’s second tenure was riddled with controversies, particularly the Anil Masih fiasco in the recent MC elections. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 09:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mohali developer allowed to advertise, sell flats with riders

In July 2023, RERA, Punjab had stayed all further developments of the housing project following a complaint by Rohan Bansal, a resident of Sector 21, Chandigarh, who had accused Shaurya Township Pvt Ltd of transferring the project to Wooden Heights Developer Pvt Ltd without RERA approval

While issuing the orders, justice Mahesh Grover (retd) said that the advertisement shall carry a cautionary note about the pendency of the proceedings before RERA. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Mohali

Sanjay Tandon is BJP’s pick for Chandigarh seat

Two-time MP Kirron Kher opts out of race on health grounds; Sanjay to take on yet-to-be announced India bloc candidate in two-way contest

As the Congress has yet to name its face for the June 1 elections, the saffron fold has become the first to announce its candidate for the sole seat from Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 3 IAS officers blew 6.72 lakh excess on Paris tour, reveals audit

Not just this, without approval, the officers – former Chandigarh adviser Vijay Dev, former UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal and secretary (personnel) Vikram Dev Dutt – went on a tour that was originally intended for a lower-ranking official – the UT chief architect

In 2015, an invitation was received from Foundation Le Corbusier Paris, France, regarding a meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of architect Le Corbusier’s death to be held at Villa Savoye in Poissy on June 15. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP picks Sanjay Tandon for Chandigarh Lok Sabha after Kirron Kher opts out

Kirron Kher congratulated Sanjay Tandon on Facebook minutes after the announcement was made and extended her best wishes for his election campaign.

In a post on Facebook, Kirron Kher congratulated Sanjay Tandon for being selected as the BJP candidate from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. (Facebook//kirronkher14)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 02:51 PM IST

BJP treads cautiously, distances from Masih

On April 5, Masih tendered an unconditional apology before the Supreme Court for making “false statements” on the tampering of ballot papers

Three days after SC apology, BJP distances itself from Masih. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

10 years on, development graph wavy at Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher’s adopted village

While ₹2 crore have been pumped in to set up a community centre, veterinary sub-station and sports complex, Sarangpur village is still battling with broken roads, repeated waterlogging, unsanitary conditions and non-functional street lights

Nestled next to Dhanas and Khudda Lahora on the Punjab border, Sarangpur was adopted by the MP Kirron Kher under the 2014 Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Green ministry demarcates area around Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary on Haryana side

The Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over 25.98 square km (about 6420 acres), is under the administrative control of the Union territory of Chandigarh and shares its boundaries with Haryana and Punjab

The sanctuary is located in the Shivalik foothills, which are considered ecologically sensitive and geologically unstable. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn failed to procure utilisation certificates for 458 crore: Audit

A UC is a document used to certify that a particular loan or grant has been utilised for its intended purpose; essentially, it ensures that the funds provided by a lender or donor have not been misused

According to rules, any portion of grant that remains unspent or unutilised should be surrendered to the Chandigarh administration. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Estate Office failed to recover 50-cr dues: Audit

A report by the principal director of audit, Chandigarh, has flagged multiple financial gaps at the Estate Office

The Estate Office deals with property matters of the Chandigarh administration. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 09:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: CITCO hotels high on bar permits but fire safety a burning concern

Since 2017, CITCO’s flagship hotels have managed to obtain bar licences annually despite lacking mandatory fire safety certificates

Mandated by the National Building Code (NBC), 2016, the fire NOC is to be renewed every three years. (HT)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 09:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Punjab’s delay in releasing land halts Metro plan in its tracks

For two months, Punjab has failed to take a call on 50 acres in New Chandigarh required for a depot, where inspection and maintenance of Metro coaches will be carried out

According to the Alternative Analysis Report (AAR) prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Services, the Metro project includes a depot for which 50 acres are required in New Chandigarh. (HT)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn to take a relook at its policy to rev up electric vehicles’ adoption

C Nautiyal, president of CREST, the nodal agency for implementation of EV Policy in Chandigarh, said a meeting was scheduled with the UT adviser on April 5 to promote EV adoption in the city

Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit had removed the cap on non-electric vehicles on November 23, 2023. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

From today, pay more for water, Sampark Centre services in city

Chandigarh administration has brought in a 5% hike in water tariff, Sampark centre services will see a 10% hike, UT administration has enhanced the daily wages (DC rates) of contractual employees by nearly 8% for the financial year 2024-25.

The city has 45 Sampark centres. At present, the facilitation charges range from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 to 25, all of which will see a 10% hike. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

UT falls 800 cr short of projected tax revenue

According to figures from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) available with Hindustan Times, up to February 2024, the total revenue achieved was ₹5420 crore out of the budgeted ₹5919 crore

Revenue expenditure reached 106% by February 2024, while capital expenditure was only <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>350 crore, leaving a significant portion unspent. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh misses deadline to start EV charging stations

During a media interaction on March 8, Purohit assured that the work on 53 charging stations was almost complete and that they would become functional by the end of March

In the past two months, unguarded electric vehicle (EV) charging stations set up across Chandigarh have been stolen and vandalised, resulting in equipment worth approximately <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 crore being lost. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

5 months on, Sharjah flight to finally resume from Chandigarh

To be operated by Air India Express twice a week, the Sharjah flight will depart at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The announcement was made in the revised summer schedule released by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn’s Panchayat Bhawan lost 1 crore in 5 years: Audit

According to the report obtained under the Right to Information Act, Panchayat Bhawan has two large exhibition halls rented out to various organisations for commercial purposes

The report also highlighted that during the Covid-19 pandemic, 132 beds were utilised during a two-month quarantine period in 2020, resulting in a loss of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>34 lakh due to lack of commercial bookings. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Internal divisions surface in Chandigarh Congress ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Supporters of both Pawan Bansal and HS Lucky raised slogans in their favour at a meeting chaired by All India Congress Committee in-charge Rajeev Shukla

All India Congress Committee in-charge Rajeev Shukla addressing a meeting of party workers at Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan in Sector 35, Chandigarh. He clarified that he was in the city only to engage with local leaders and the Chandigarh candidate will be announced soon. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 09:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Employees on deputation under Chandigarh admn’s scanner

Chandigarh adviser has sought details of all staff on deputation ahead of enforcing its deputation policy that will cap tenure at seven years

The urgent directive by UT adviser Rajeev Verma comes just a month after the administration finalised the draft of the policy, aimed at imposing a strict seven-year tenure cap on employees deputed in Chandigarh. (HT)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

No new projects, unmet targets see Chandigarh Housing Board turn a white elephant

Chandigarh Housing Board’s ₹1 cr monthly profits not even enough to pay employee salaries amounting to ₹3.5 cr; staff sitting idle as last project was launched in 2016

Chandigarh Housing Board had in the 2023-24 budget projected the income at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>47 crore against a spending of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>33 crore, but the targets were not met. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Frequent transfers a pouring problem for Chandigarh excise dept

Four officers at the helm of the Chandigarh excise and taxation department, plagued by year-on-year revenue deficit, have been transferred since August 2023

In the latest jolt to the department, HCS officer Pradhuman Singh was on Friday shifted from the role of additional excise and taxation commissioner (AETC), taking the number of transfers in the department since August 2023 to four. (HT)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Leasehold to freehold conversion: Two Chandigarh residents awarded 16-lakh refund for excess charges

The court of ADC Rupesh Kumar Aggarwal directed the sub-registrar’s office to refund ₹10.21 lakh and ₹6.67 lakh, respectively, to complainants Kiran Satija and Kharduman Singh, residents of Chandigarh

Advocate Surinder Kumar Garg, representing the Satija couple, submitted that the sub-registrar asked them to pay <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10.21 lakh as stamp duty based on a clarification letter issued by the UT finance department on August 7, 2019, which was wrong, illegal and arbitrary. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, Cong-AAP poised to give tough fight to BJP in Lok Sabha polls

Rivals in past two elections, the INDIA bloc constituents have united in Chandigarh to reclaim the seat from BJP that is eyeing a third straight win

As part of their seat-sharing pact in Chandigarh, while the mayor’s chair went to the AAP, Congress bagged the MP seat. (HT)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn asks MC for report on legality of 2,325-cr budget

On March 6, the Chandigarh MC House had approved a budget of ₹2,325 crore for financial year 2024-25, even though the local bodies secretary had asked the mayor to defer the meeting, citing legal opinion

Chandigarh mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor said, “The budget was approved in the House and the mayor has the power to convene the House meeting. I have done nothing illegal. Even the accounts officer was present there during the meeting and read out the budget.” (HT File)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Untreated sewage being discharged into N-Choe in Mohali: CPCB to NGT

After directions from the NGT, the regional directorate carried out a survey of the N-Choe drain to assess the water quality from point of origin to the point it merges into the Ghaggar River on January 29 and 31

The CPCB team found that in Mohali, domestic untreated sewage was being discharged into drain at multiple locations. (HT)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh adopts energy conservation code for commercial buildings

To be applicable only on commercial buildings with connected load of 100 kW or contract demand of 120 kVA and above

Over 17 years after central government’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency came out with ECBC in 2007, the Chandigarh administration has adopted it in Chandigarh and will enforce it from May 1. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

As BJP eyes third win in Chandigarh, Congress-AAPbank on anti-incumbency

Contrary to the last two general elections, when the constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, AAP and BJP; this time, it will be a direct fight between the saffron party and the Congress-AAP alliance, two key constituents of the INDIA bloc

In the 14 Lok Sabha elections conducted in Chandigarh since 1967, Congress has claimed the seat on seven occasions, while BJP has secured it four times. (HT)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 06:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh to pick its next MP on June 1

A total of 6,47,291 voters, with a majority from the 20 to 29 age group, will seal the fate of the candidates on the polling day; counting of votes will take place on June 4

Official data shows that there are 2.87 lakh voters (45%) between the age of 20-39 in Chandigarh, down from 3.17 lakh in the previous elections in 2019, when the total voters were 6.19 lakh. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 05:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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