The matter is listed for hearing before the high court in February.
In a recent meeting under the chairmanship of Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla that was attended by UT adviser Manoj Parida and representatives of employees, the staffers had turned down the two options — cost of flats according to plotted area or cost of flats according to entire area of land.
The plotted area option pegged the price of a threebedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flat at Rs 1.51 crore, a two BHK flat at Rs 1.17 crore, a one BHK flat at Rs 68 lakh and a one BHK (EWS) flat at Rs 46 lakh. Under the proposal, the land cost would be charged on plotted area. The UT proposed although 65.96 acre of land would be utilised, only 38.02 acre would be charged. The financial concession of Rs 1,002.49 crore would be extended in reducing land cost, modifying the cabinet decision.
The second option gave more floors but the cost of the entire land was to be charged. The UT had fixed a price of Rs 1.69 crore for a 3BHK flat, Rs 1.31crore for a 2BHK flat, Rs 75 lakh for a one BHK flat and Rs 54 lakh for a one BHK (EWS) flat. Under the proposal, three and two BHK flats would be constructed on ground plus six floors, while one BHK would be constructed on ground plus 10 floors. The UT had proposed that 48.33 acre of land would be charged at the rate of Rs 35.88 crore per acre, amounting to Rs 1,734 crore. Although there would be not any financial concession toward cost of land, the floor area ratio (FAR) would be increased and modification of master plan required for extra height, the proposal had mentioned.
The houses would have ranged from six to 11 floors to reduce need for larger land area. In August last year, on the directions of the high court, a meeting through videoconferencing was held under the chairmanship of Bhalla. The calculation of rates was to be made again for different categories, applying various factors like FAR, collector rate and plot area in consultation with representatives of petitioners of UT Employees Housing Scheme court case.
Last year, after the opposition by employees, the administration had decided to reconsider high prices of flats. The employees had moved the high court over the delay to hand over the flats.
When the scheme was announced in 2008, the rates were Rs 34.70 lakh for a three BHK flat, Rs 24.30 lakh for a two BHK flat, Rs 13.53 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 5.76 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. On January 2 last year, the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved scheme pending since 2008.
73.3-acre land, 3,930 houses
A total of 73.3 acre of land was earmarked for the construction of 3,930 dwelling units for UT employees. Out of which, 11.8 acre was already in the possession of CHB.