Punjab cabinet directs housing department to construct 32,000 EWS homes – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: Eyeing to woo the people in Punjab just ahead of going to the polls in early 2022, the new Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, in its maiden meeting discussed pro-poor initiatives like construction of 32,000 houses and provision of free electricity units up to 300 units.

At a meeting here on Monday night, it was decided that such pro-poor initiatives would be launched from October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.

It emphasized to lay special focus on the core sectors of education and health to provide affordable quality healthcare and education facilities to all.

The Cabinet directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to start the construction of houses for 32,000 economically weaker section (EWS) on priority.

These houses will be made available to eligible beneficiaries on affordable installments.

The Cabinet deliberated that the free mining of sand by the land owners will be allowed to abolish the contract system. Under this system, any land owner can mine sand from his/her land to ensure its availability to the consumers at affordable rates.

It also deliberated to increase free electricity units from existing 200 units to 300 units under SC/BC/BPL domestic consumers. It asked the Additional Chief Secretary Power to bring the proposal in the next Cabinet to give relief to the poor and needy.

Also it deliberated to waive off the pending electricity bills of tubewells working under the Rural Water Supply schemes and also to provide free water supply in rural areas.

The Cabinet reviewed to give relief to the domestic water and sewerage tariff to the consumers in the urban areas.

It was decided that the Local Government Department will bring a proposal in the next Cabinet in this regard.

The Cabinet, comprising two Deputy Chief Ministers — Sukhjinder Randhawa and O.P. Soni — simplified the process of allotment of five-marla plots and empowered the Panchayat Samitis to decide the cases.

A special campaign will be launched by the Rural Development and Panchayats Department to identify and finalise the allotment of plots to the eligible beneficiaries within two months.

Likewise, the Cabinet asked the department to make a policy for the purchase of land for ‘chappar’, ‘shamshan ghat’ and ‘kabristan’ wherever the land for this purpose is required.

It was decided that Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation will formulate a policy for allotment of land to occupants at affordable rates.

Considering the importance of education, the Cabinet decided that a comprehensive policy regarding proper implementation of Right to Education Act and providing monetary help to the eligible educational institutes be prepared and put up in the next meeting.

Conceding the demand of the management committee of Sri Guru Ravidas Ji Memorial at Khuralgarh Sahib in Hoshiarpur district, the Cabinet also gave approval for installation of new tubewell in the complex immediately.

Chief Minister Channi, the first Dalit who is at the helm in Punjab, along with his two deputies took oath of office on Monday.

After taking oath, Channi told the media that his government is of ‘aam aadmi’ (the common man), honest, free from sand mafias and a representative of the poor as he himself pulled a rickshaw in his childhood.



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No Chandigarh housing board flat, won’t vacate government house, says ex-staffer – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: House that! A man has padded up for a long innings in his government accommodation despite retirement.

Hitting out at the failure of the UT administration to provide a flat to him under the UT Employees Housing Scheme-2008, the retired staffer has extended his stay in his borrowed home. Going a step further, he has cited a condition in the agreement for not having any new place to shift.

Parvesh Kumar had retired on March 31 from the post of superintendent, grade II, health department. He was allotted house no. 1, ayurvedic dispensary, Sector 37 D, Chandigarh.

Kumar said he had succeeded in CHB’s UT Employees Housing scheme-2008 draw of lots for one BHK flat having a value of Rs 10 to Rs 13 lakh in 2010. The possession of the flat is awaited. “A condition of the scheme refrained me from having any other residential property in my name or in the name of family in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali till the possession of CHB’s flat. So, I could not own a house to reside elsewhere,” he said.

It was in March he had requested the UT to allow him to retain the accommodation after retirement till the date of possession of CHB flat. But he was ordered to vacate the house or face action and pay 100 times the rent for the first three months of overstay and 200 times from the fourth month, he said.

Kumar has now written a letter to the administration, asking it to treat the legal notice, that he should not be evicted from government accommodation and not directed to pay penal rent till the physical possession of the CHB flat.

He even sought directions to the CHB, which is an undertaking of UT administration, to complete the scheme. He even demanded that the rent of the government accommodation of overstaying be paid by the CHB and to buy back his residential flat, which he had got in the draw for Rs 95 lakh (market value).

A senior UT official said that the matter of UT employees housing scheme in pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Housing scheme status:

Failed to get any relief from the UT administration, the UT employees had recently written to home minister Amit Shah and union government to delink UT Employees Housing Scheme-2008 from the MHA’s order of 2012 and calculate prices of flats on the basis of rates published on scheme’s brochure in 2008 instead of collector rates of 2016



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Chandigarh: Income Tax department shows interest in high-end flats at IT park – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: While the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has not received advance money from Punjab, Haryana and PGI for high-end flats for government officials at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (IT Park), the Income Tax department has expressed an interest in the flats for their officials.

A senior CHB official said they had received a letter from the Income Tax department, seeking details related to flats, pricing and payment mode. He added that they would provide the details to the department at the earliest.

Earlier, the board had written to Punjab, Haryana and PGI but no one submitted the 25% advance money. Although Punjab and PGI gave their affirmation, they have still not made any deposit.

Sources said the high cost of the towers having the residential flats was the likely reason.

The housing board is expected to construct 10 towers with 28 flats each having a base price of Rs 2 crore for each flat. All the three agencies are expected to pay Rs 66 crore each for their share of the flats. The project is to come up on 6.73 acres of land.

In June, CHB officials delivered a presentation in Haryana assembly to speaker Gian Chand Gupta, chief secretary Vijai Vardhan and engineering department officials. Sources said that Haryana was now considering construction of flats in Panchkula.

The CHB planned to construct luxury flats for officials and MLAs of Punjab and Haryana and for PGI as well as Chandigarh administration.

To start construction, CHB wrote to Punjab, Haryana and PGI last year to release their share of 25% payment. In September 2019, CHB sought opinion from both the governments. In addition to Punjab and Haryana, PGI also expressed willingness to buy flats.



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Punjab & Haryana governments, PGI yet to pay advance to CHB for high-end flats – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: While the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has planned high-end flats for government officials of Haryana, Punjab and PGI at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (IT Park), the state governments, the UT administration and PGI are yet to submit an official confirmation and 25% advance money to the board for their construction.

A senior CHB official said they were in touch with all of them last year but nobody has submitted the 25% advance money. Although Punjab and PGI had given their affirmation, they have still not made any deposit, he added.

Sources said the high cost of the towers having the residential flats was the likely reason.

The housing board is expected to construct 10 towers with 28 flats each having a base price of Rs 2 crore for each flat. All the three agencies are expected to pay Rs 66 crore each for their share of the flats. The project is to come up on 6.73 acres of land.
Punjab & Haryana governments, PGI yet to pay advance to CHB for high-end flatsIn June, the CHB officials had given a presentation in Haryana assembly to speaker Gian Chand Gupta, chief secretary Vijai Vardhan and engineering department officials. Sources said that Haryana is now contemplating to construct flats in Panchkula.

The CHB had planned constructing luxury flats for the officials and MLAs of Punjab and Haryana, and for PGI and Chandigarh administration.

For starting the construction, the CHB had last year written to both Punjab and Haryana and PGI for releasing their share of 25% payment. In September 2019, the CHB had sought opinion from both the governments. In addition to Punjab and Haryana, PGI had also expressed willingness to buy flats in the project.



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