Centre asks Chandigarh administration to refix rates of flats under housing scheme – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: The Centre has now asked the UT administration to recalculate the rates of flats to be made for different categories under the UT employees housing scheme 2008.

On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, a meeting through videoconferencing was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, UT adviser Manoj Parida, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman Ajoy Kumar Sinha, and representatives of petitioners in the court case of the UT employees housing scheme.

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, plot area etc. in consultation with the representatives of petitioners of the UT employees housing scheme court case.

In the meeting, it was also decided that thereafter another meeting will be held again with the Union home secretary for further directions in the matter.

UT adviser Manoj Parida said the project would not be abandoned and employees would certainly get houses at concessional rates. He also thanked the local MP, Kirron Kher, for pursuing the proposal with the home ministry continuously.

Last year, after the opposition by employees, the UT administration had decided to reconsider high prices of flats under the UT employees’ self-finance housing scheme 2008. The employees had also moved the Punjab and Haryana high court over the UT’s delay in handing over the flats under the scheme to the employees.

The CHB had last year 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. The CHB, through a public notice, had asked all the successful applicants of the scheme to give their consent within 21days for payment in five instalments with applicable interest.

Thereafter, the employees had decided not to give consent to the high prices fixed by the CHB for the flats.

Earlier, the CHB had estimated Rs 2.08 crore for a three BHK, Rs 1.64 crore for a two BHK, Rs 1 crore for a one BHK flat and Rs 60 lakh for one BHK (EWS). As the decision was taken to construct the flats for the 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, 2019, a cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the housing scheme pending since 2008.

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Chandigarh’s costliest housing scheme faces closure – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: A second rejection from the UT administration to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) of the city’s costliest housing scheme planned in Sector 53 has almost spelt its death.

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) had submitted a revised proposal before the administration to revive scheme that was offering three bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) flat for Rs 1.5 crore. The matter will now come up for discussion in CHB’s meeting on August 6.

Last month, the architect department of the administration had also refused to accept the proposal of the CHB.

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

In March, the board had scrapped the scheme, deciding to refund the amount to the applicants decided by the demand survey. However, the officers were asked to consider framing of a new scheme with lesser cost.

The CHB’s board of directors in its meeting in March had decided “The proposed general self-financing housing scheme in Sector 53 needs 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 so that more flats can be constructed. Further, the possibility of some changes in the specifications and design also 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…”
Chandigarh's costliest housing scheme faces closureThere was a poor response to the demand survey, as 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 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 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 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. Then on January 14, the board decided that 3BHK will cost Rs 1.5 crore, 2BHK Rs 1.28 crore, 1 BHK Rs 86 lakh and a tworoom 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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