Last month, the UT had put up 109 flats on auction.
Yashpal Garg, chief executive officer, CHB, said considering there was total secrecy about number of bids and the bid amount, the Chandigarh Housing Board could better competitive prices.
For many of the dwelling units, though single bid was received, it was considerably higher than the reserve price. The e-tender resulted in better revenue for the Chandigarh Housing Board. This is the first time that such a good response has been received, he added.
Giving example, he said many of units got single bid, but the highest bid, which was Rs 8 lakh to 11 lakh, higher than the reserve price. Similarly, many of the units got highest bids, which was Rs 12 lakh to 15 lakh higher than the reserve price.
The maximum difference between reserve price and highest bid was Rs 18.88 lakh for a three bed room flat in Sector 63. The minimum difference between reserve price and highest bid was Rs 74,160 for a two bedroom flat in Sector 51.
The highest bid for a 3BHK in Sector 63 was Rs 1.05 crore and the highest bid for two BHK in Sector 51 went for Rs 99.01 lakh and a EWS flat in Sector 63 for Rs 30 lakhs.
CHANDIGARH: The UT administration will not make any fresh proposal related to rates of flats under the UT employees housing scheme-2008, deciding to submit a report before the Punjab and Haryana high court mentioning “in spite of efforts of the MHA and UT administration, the issue has not been resolved”, implying that a deadlock between it and employees over the cost of flats persists.
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.
CHANDIGARH: In a major relief to allottees of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, the board has proposed to extend the deadline of allowing needbased changes for one year till December 31, 2021. The proposal has been submitted before the UT administration for final approval.
The CHB has already ruled that the changes carried out in the flats by the allottees, which do not meet the criteria fixed by the administration in its notification of need-based changes, will still be termed as violations.
The board had asked allottees to apply for regularisation of need-based changes after paying some charges. Last year, the administration had decided not to provide a one-time amnesty solution for large scale violations by CHB allottees.
UT administrator V P Singh Badnore earlier had decided to extend the deadline of allowing need-based changes, which had ended on December 31, 2018, to December 31, 2020.
The administration had clarified that additional constructions in the dwelling units of CHB flats are given temporary exemption from immediate demolition, subject to payment of penal charges. The penal charges are imposed in view of the fact that demolition of additional construction at a large scale may eventually be the only alternative, however, the allottees may get some time to rectify these violations in conformity with the need-based changes orders, the administration had clarified.
Over the years, residents of 50,000 CHB flats have made need-based changes in their flats. However, the administration had not regularised these changes .
The choices were placed before representatives of employees in a meeting on Tuesday chaired by UT adviser Manoj Parida.
According to the option of plotted area, the three-bedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flat will cost Rs 1.51 crore, two BHK flat Rs 1.17 crore, one BHK flat Rs 68 lakh and one BHK (EWS) flat Rs 46 lakh. The UT proposed though 65.96 acre of land will be utilised, only 38.02 acre will be charged. The financial concession of Rs 1,002.49 crore will be extended in reducing land cost by modifying the cabinet decision.
According to the second option, the cost of the entire land will be charged but with more floors. The UT will charge Rs 1.69 crore for three BHK flat, Rs 1.31 crore for two BHK flat, Rs 75 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 54 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. Three and two BHK flats will be constructed on ground plus six floors, whereas one BHK flat will be built on ground plus 10 floors.
The UT proposed 48.33 acre of land will be charged at the rate of Rs 35.88 crore per acre, which will come to around Rs 1,734 crore. Although there will be not any financial concession towards cost of land, the floor area ratio (FAR) would be increased.
However, an association of employees on late Tuesday night rejected both the proposals.
A senior UT official said if employees agree to the price, the administration will move the ministry of home affairs for formal approval, leading to Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) starting construction. The houses will range from six to 11 floors to reduce need for larger land area.
The CHB last year had finalised a 3 BHK flat for Rs 1.76 crore, two BHK flat for Rs 1.35 crore, one BHK flat for Rs 99 lakh and one BHK (EWS) flat for Rs 58.07 lakh. The the employees had decided not to give consent to the high prices fixed by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) for the flats. The administration had then decided to reconsider high prices of flats Earlier, the CHB had estimated Rs 2.08 crore for a three BHK flat, Rs 1.64 crore for a two BHK flat, Rs 1 crore for a one BHK flat and Rs 60 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat.
Employees Housing Scheme
Where | While three and two BHK flats will be constructed in Sector 53, one BHK and EWS flats will be built in sectors 52, 53 and 56.
What | Flats will be constructed up to multi-storeyed with stilt/basement
CHB will finish all the flats, including all bathrooms, excluding wood work of cupboard and kitchen cabinets
2008 | Chandigarh Housing Board had floated ‘Self-Financing Housing Scheme – 2008’ to take care of needs of eligible UT employees of all categories.
2010 | As many as 3,930 eligible applicants out of 7,811 were declared successful in a draw of lots
January 2019 | Union cabinet approved the proposal to allot land to Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) for construction of apartments for allottees