Coimbatore: Army welfare housing body delays sale deed to residents – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: Nearly 400 ex-servicemen and war widows, who paid lakhs of their lifetime savings and pensions to buy apartments constructed by the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, say the sale deed has not been transferred to their names even three years after payment of their last instalment.

Around 25 of them protested at the project office on Thursday by maintaining social distancing. The protesters say the Army Welfare Housing Organisation has also refused to give them break-up of their costs – land price and cost of construction.

According to them, the project was floated in 2007-’08. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning then granted them approval to construct 496 apartments on 33.5 acres, of which five acres was set aside as open space reserve.

Narasimhan, one of the residents, said, “They sold five types of dwelling units – row houses, modern apartments, super deluxe, deluxe and small family apartments – which were priced in the range of Rs 19.67 lakh to Rs 46.55 lakh.”

Another resident, Col Sunny Joseph, said while he had paid the last instalment for his two-bedroom apartment in November 2018, the sale deed was yet to be transferred to his name. “Other residents had completed payment earlier. Their situation is also the same.”

TOI had earlier reported the four-year delay in handing over the project. The residents say they still haven’t been told how much land they would own as part of the housing unit. “They are now trying to sell the vacant land to another constructor to build 400 apartments more. They are trying to split the land into two portions, which is not allowed,” Col Joseph said.

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Over 350 families to be provided housing units in Coimbatore – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu slum clearance board (TNSCB) has identified about 361 families to provide alternative accommodation at its housing units in the city.

“The corporation would be demolishing about 245 houses at CMC Colony in South Ukkadam to pave way for the construction of Ukkadam flyover. Thirty-eight houses near Kannapiram Mills bus stop and 78 houses near Sungam Junction, which were constructed illegally on road margins, would also be removed as a part of our encroachment eviction drive,” an official from the TNSCB said.

While tokens for alternative accommodation were already distributed to the families at CMC Colony, the procedure to distribute tokens for others is in process, the official said, adding that their houses would be demolished as soon as they shift to the housing units.

Explaining that the city corporation is in the process of identifying the encroachers along the Sanganoor Pallam, the official said with the completion of work, most of the encroachments in the city has been identified and removed. more than 5,000 encroachments are removed in the city so far, he added.

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