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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Chandigarh: FAR plan trashed, housing scheme lands on deathbed – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: A third-time rejection from the UT administration has almost spelt the death knell for the city’s costliest housing scheme in Sector 53.

Chandigarh Housing board (CHB) had recently submitted a revised proposal to increase floor area ratio (FAR) in an attempt to revive the scheme. But the administration has rejected the plan. Earlier, in July and August, the UT had rejected a similar kind of proposal.

The matter would now be discussed in the upcoming meeting of CHB.

The CHB had submitted that to make it an affordable housing scheme, there was an urgent need to increase FAR. By offering more space in the flats, buyers would be interested in the scheme, which could evoke a good response, the CHB had submitted.

In March, the board had scrapped the scheme, deciding to refund the amount to the applicants decided by demand survey. However, the officers were asked to consider framing a new scheme with lesser cost. The CHB’s board of directors in a meeting in March had decided the proposed general self-financing housing scheme in Sector 53 needed to be made more lucrative.

“To reduce the land cost component, the matter may be taken up with the administration to increase the floor area ratio (FAR). so that more flats can be constructed. Further, the possibility of some changes in the specifications and design need to be explored. Considering that framing a new scheme with lesser cost and further possible changes may take considerable time, the board has decided to refund the amount deposited by the applicants…,” the meeting had decided.
Chandigarh: FAR plan trashed, housing scheme lands on deathbedThe demand survey had drawn a poor response. Only 178 applicants came up for 492 flats. The CHB had reduced prices of flats twice and even extended the deadline for demand survey. After witnessing the poor response, the CHB, on January 14, further reduced prices by 5% to 7%, and extended the date for submission of online application to February 24.

In July 2019, the CHB had proposed a 3BHK (bedroomhall-kitchen) flat for Rs 1.85 crore, 2 BHK for Rs 1.6 crore, 1BHK for Rs 1.15 crore and accommodation for the economically-weaker section (EWS) for Rs 58 lakh, drawing a lot of criticism. The board then released a new price list on October 10: 3BHK for Rs 1.63 crore, 2BHK for Rs 1.36 crore,1BHK for Rs 90 lakh and a two-room flat for EWS Rs 50 lakh.

On January 14, the board decided that 3BHK would cost Rs 1.5 crore, 2BHK Rs 1.28 crore,1BHK Rs 86 lakh and a two-room flat for EWS would remain unchanged at Rs 50 lakh. The board official had said persons applying under the demand survey would be given preference in allotment. The scheme was proposed to be made open for all.



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Chandigarh administration offers two options under employees housing scheme – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has given two options to employees for flats under UT employees housing scheme 2008: cost of flats as per plotted area or as per entire area of land.

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



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