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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Development hit in 13 villages as Chandigarh administration refuses Rs 102 crore grant – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has refused to give Rs 102 crore financial grant for the development of 13 villages transferred to the municipal corporation (MC) in 2019, in a major blow for residents and the civic body that will be unable to start any key works.

“The administration told us they don’t have the finances right now. If the central government releases some amount in the revised estimates (RE), only then the money will be available for the current financial year. So, the developmental plan of these villages will remain on papers for now,” an official of the MC said.

These villages have no councillors, with nominated councillors looking after them. They have been holding regular meetings with residents. Based on the interactions and the input of the nominated councillors, the engineering department had prepared the plan that was waiting for funds to be implemented.

The developmental plan included building roads, laying storm water pipes and sewer lines, electrical and horticulture works, supply of water and putting up 1,200 tubewells in different locations. Bringing canal water in a few villages was also a prominent part of the plan.

A senior officer of the MC said, “Although the financial estimate has been sent after an intensive exercise, there is no hope of getting any immediate financial help from the administration. Senior officers were regularly told about the importance of the works, but since the allocated grant-inaid of the MC was deducted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is hardly any chance of securing additional funds.”
Development hit in 13 villages as Chandigarh administration refuses Rs 102 crore grantThe 13 villages, whose developmental plan was prepared, are Behlana, Daria, Dhanas, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Ali Sher, Kaimbwala, Mauli Jagran, Makhan Majra, Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Sarangpur and Kishangarh. Earlier, all these villages were under the control of the panchayat department of the administration. The civic body authority has already taken over the record of these villages to ensure works.

Officers of the engineering department had visited the areas to assess the situation and had prepared the plan. Moreover, ideas, suggestions, views of the local people, including political representatives, were also taken.

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Haryana government brings 16 more villages under Gurugram civic body’s limit – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The Haryana government has notified the expansion of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram’s (MCG) limits by bringing 16 more villages under the civic body. The proposal for the expansion had been approved in a meeting chaired by the chief minister in Chandigarh earlier this month.

After the government notified the order on Monday, MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh wrote to all the tehsildars and naib tehsildars to sanction mutations in the revenue records in favour of the civic body. Now that the villages have been taken over by the corporation, all assets and liabilities of the panchayats will be transferred to the corporation.

The move is likely to boost the civic body’s coffers as these villages have fixed deposits of more than Rs 180 crore, which would now be transferred to the MCG. Moreover, the corporation hopes to earn substantial revenue from the villages. Past records show that the 16 villages had collectively deposited Rs 35.5 crore in stamp duty in 2018-19 and Rs 41.3 crore in 2019-20.

“We have already done a drone survey of these villages and started mutations of the entire land. In order to protect the land from encroachment, we are planning to construct walls around them,” said Hariom Attri, joint commissioner 3 at the MCG.
Haryana government brings 16 more villages under Gurugram civic body's limitThe villagers, however, have expressed apprehension over the takeover, saying they are more comfortable approaching the pradhan with their grievances rather than any civic official. According to the order, MCG will now take over the responsibilities of all municipal services such as streetlights, water, sewerage and enforcement of buildings plans. However, all major roads, storm-water drains and water supply lines in the new sectors, which are a part of these villages, will stay with the GMDA. Like in urban areas, the villagers will now have to pay property tax too.

The corporation had initially made a proposal to take over 39 villages in total. But after strong objections from the villagers, it was decided that only 16 villages would be brought under MCG while the remaining would go to the new municipal corporation of Manesar. The civic body in Manesar will have 29 villages under it.

The villages that will come under MCG are Bajghera, Babupur, Mohammadheri, Dharampur, Daultabad, Kherki Majra, Dhankot, Palra, Ullawas, Nangli Umarpur, Behrampur, Dhumaspur, Bhondsi, Nayagaon (situated in the revenue estate of Bhondsi), Kadarpur and Maidawas.

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