Chandigarh administration employees reject 11-storey housing proposal – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: Employees of the UT administration have turned down a proposal of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to build a 11-storey tower under the UT employees housing scheme 2008.

On the directions of the central government, the administration had started exploring different proposals for construction of flats under the scheme. Recently, the Centre had directed the administration to recalculate the rates of flats to be made for different categories.

The board had proposed to construct a 11-storey tower with increased floor area ratio (FAR) and charge only for the built-up area of the flat from the allottee instead of the total area of the project, which includes land for road and green belt.

Dr Dharmender, general secretary, UT Government Employees Housing Welfare Society, said this proposal will further delay the project. Besides, the UT plans to adjust around 4,000 allottees in a particular area by constructing an 11-storey tower, which in future will create mess and employees will face a number of problems like parking. They had recently met with the CHB officials and conveyed them that they are against the 11-storey proposal, he added.

The employees are in favour of earlier proposal of ground plus five storeys and will soon hold another meeting with CHB and UT officials, he added.

Last year, after opposition by employees, the administration had decided to reconsider high prices of flats under. The employees had also moved the Punjab and Haryana high court over UT’s delay to hand over flats.
Chandigarh administration employees reject 11-storey housing proposalLast month, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a meeting through videoconferencing was held under the chairmanship of Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. After deliberations to resolve the issue regarding rates of flats, it was decided that the calculation of rates be made again for different categories by applying various factors like FAR, collector rate and plot area in consultation with the representatives of petitioners of the scheme.

The CHB last year had finalised a three-bedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flat for Rest 1.76 crore, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK flat, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. The CHB through a public notice had asked all successful applicants of the scheme to give their consent within 21 days for payment in five instalments with applicable interest.

Earlier, the CHB had estimated Rs 2.08 crore for a three BHK flat, Rs 1.64 crore for a two BHK flat, Rs 1crore for a one BHK flat and Rs 60 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. As the decision was taken to construct the flats for UT employees on “no profit no loss” basis, the prices were calculated to Rs 1.76 crore for three BHK, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS).

When the scheme was announced in 2008, the rates were Rs 34.70 lakh for three BHK flat, Rs 24.30 lakh for 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 approved the proposal of UT employees’ housing scheme pending since 2008.

A total of 73.3 acre land was earmarked for the construction of 3,930 dwelling units for the employees. Out of which, 11.8 acre was already in the possession of the CHB.



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Chandigarh housing board plans 11-storey housing tower for its employees – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) plans to build a 11-storey tower under the UT employees housing scheme 2008, offer more floor area ratio, charge only for the built-up area of the flat instead of the total area which includes land for road and green belt.

The administration had started exploring different proposals for construction of flats on the directions of the central government.

Recently, the Centre had directed the administration to recalculate the rates of flats to be made for different categories.

UT adviser Manoj Parida, who is also chairman CHB, said the UT and CHB are working on different options. “We will come out with a detailed plan and accordingly will discuss it with the employees association,” he said.

Last month, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, a meeting through video-conferencing was held under the chairmanship of Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

After deliberations to resolve the issue regarding rates of flats of the scheme, it was decided that the calculation of rates be made again for different categories by applying various factors like floor area ratio (FAR), collector rate and plot area in consultation with the representatives of petitioners in the case.
Chandigarh housing board plans 11-storey housing tower for its employeesLast year, after opposition by employees, the administration had decided to reconsider high prices of flats under the UT Employees Self Finance Housing Scheme 2008.

The CHB last year had finalised a three-bedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flat for Rs 1.76 crore, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK flat, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. Employees had decided not to give consent to the high prices.

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. As the decision was taken to construct the flats for UT employees on “no profit no loss” basis, the prices were calculated to Rs 1.76 crore for three BHK, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS).

When the scheme was announced in 2008, the rates were Rs 34.70 lakh for three BHK flat, Rs 24.30 lakh for 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 approved the proposal of the housing scheme pending since 2008.

A total of 73.3 acre land was earmarked for the construction of 3,930 dwelling units for the employees. Out of which, 11.8 acre was already in the possession of the CHB.



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Chandigarh housing board terms changes conducted by allottees as violations – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has refused to entertain changes carried out by allottees in their flats that do not fall under the need-based category notified by the UT administration, terming them violations.

After last year’s notification of need-based changes, which was approved by UT administrator V P Singh Badnore, the board had asked allottees to apply for regularisation of the changes.

Recently, the board rejected 70 such applications stating the changes were not as per the notification and cannot be regularised. The board has not started the process to refund application fee submitted by applicants.
Chandigarh housing board terms changes conducted by allottees as violationsLast year, the administration had decided not to provide one-time amnesty solution for large-scale violations in flats. Badnore 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 additional constructions in the dwelling units of CHB flats were given temporary exemption from demolition, subject to payment of penal charges.

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Chandigarh: 1990s’ flats in Manimajra need urgent alteration, says RWA – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: For need-based changes to the Modern Housing Complex (MHC) flats, officials of the Manimajra resident welfare association (RWA) met Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman A K Sinha recently.

The team claimed that even though the CHB’s mission was to provide people with affordable accommodation and keep minimum profit, still it had been charging them an exorbitant fee for anything and everything, including even need-based changes.

The RWA wrote to the CHB that the residents of sector 45-A and 39-B were allowed to use the garage top as terrace under certain conditions. Manimajra RWA president Colonel Gursewak Singh: “Residents of the MHC seek similar relaxations.”

The association said the CHB disallowed ground-floor residents to maintain lawns or short hedges in their adjoining space on the plea that it was government land. Col Gursewak Singh said: “However, it is the block’s common land and the CHB should have no objection if the allottees maintain this space with the consent of the block management committee for beautification and privacy.

A small door from the balcony to this space is an absolute necessity.” RWA general secretary S A Qureshi said: “Most of these issues would not have risen if the board had consulted the RWAs in the planning stage. We request the board chairman to visit the site to see ground reality.”

In the early 1990s, when the MHC flats were constructed, a straight iron ladder was provided through a small opening for access to the rooftop, but this arrangement was hazardous for the elderly.

Col Gursewak Singh said: “Residents need to check rooftop water tanks from time to time, but because of the design of these flats, it means risking either life or a limb. Enlarging the rooftop access is a dire necessity.”



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