Chandigarh housing board sends flat payment reminder – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has once again asked Punjab and Haryana governments and PGI to make the initial payment for flats for their bureaucrats and doctors in the Rs 600 crore housing scheme at IT Park following the selection of a company to prepare the design of the project.

“We have allotted the design work to a Panchkulabased company for Rs 26 lakh after a competition. A total of 24 firms had applied. All of them gave a presentation to a high-level technical committee.

The selected firm will complete the job in a given time frame. It will also provide us environmental clearance, carry out related work and remain with us till the end of the construction,” sources in CHB said.

Achieving FAR (floor area ratio), having circulation and green areas, and plans for environment-friendly project were some of the key criteria for the selection.

Around eight to 10 towers are planned at the site. The Haryana government has demanded three towers for its bureaucrats, while two towers each are kept for the Punjab government and PGI. The UT administration has also asked for a tower, but it is yet to give a final reply to the authority.

“We have given a reminder to both the state governments and PGI for the initial payment. The Haryana government payment is expected soon, but Punjab and PGI have yet to respond. All three have showed interest in the towers, however,” a senior officer said.



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No new offer on flats, Chandigarh administration to submit report in HC – ET RealEstate

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.



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Chandigarh housing board nod to IT Park housing scheme – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: The board of directors of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on Friday approved the group housing scheme at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology Park, commonly known as IT Park.

UT administrator V P Singh Badnore had already given the go-ahead to its design in July but the pandemic had delayed the project. A project report was placed before the board in its meeting on Friday, which in-principle approved the scheme.

A senior CHB official said there would be 728 flats in the scheme and cost of the flats was yet to be finalised.

According to information, CHB would develop the project on two plots, measuring 10.51 and 6.43 acres. In all, there would be 728 flats of three categories (4, 3 and 2 BHK) in seven-storey towers. The towers would have two basements with provision of parking of two cars for each flat in addition to surface parking for visitors.

Though the exact rates of flats were yet to be decided, the tentative cost was between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2.75 crore. The project land was part of 123 acres that CHB got back from Parsvnath Developers following a long-drawn legal battle after a residential project, Prideasia, failed to take off.

The board has decided to launch the scheme after it failed to sell 18 residential and commercial sites in an e-auction two years ago. Due to the high reserve prices, not many developers evinced interest in the auction.

High-end flats for government officials of the administration, Haryana and Punjab were also planned in the area.

728 flats

CHB will develop the project on two plots, measuring 10.51 and 6.43 acres

There will be 728 flats of three categories (4, 3 and 2 BHK) in seven-storey towers.

The towers will have two basements with provision of parking of two cars for each flat in addition to surface parking for visitors

Though the exact rates of flats are yet to be decided, tentative cost ranges between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2.75 crore

The project land is part of 123 acres that CHB got back from Parsvnath Developers after a long-drawn legal battle



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Chandigarh housing board allottees may get one year to regularise flat changes – ET RealEstate

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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.
Chandigarh housing board allottees may get one year to regularise flat changesThe 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 .



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