Chandigarh

Decks cleared for housing scheme for Chandigarh employees

July 03, 2012 10:35 PM

By Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: The officers and employees of the Chandigarh Administration, who are hoping to have a roof on their head, may soon hope for the same. The Chandigarh Housing Board has decided to hold draw of lots for 57 flats of Category ‘B’ by the end of this month among 205 unsuccessful applicants of this category.

Clarifying the cost factor, the CHB Secretary said that the Board would issue letters to the applicants on the tentative cost as mentioned in the brochure but the final cost would be assessed after completion of the Scheme, hopefully by 2014.

With the completion of draw this month, glitches will be cleared and the Board will start construction work on 2108 flats in Sector 63.

While talking to M.M. Sabharwal, Secretary, Chandigarh Housing Board said that the self-financing housing scheme-2008 in Sectors 52 and 56 has been mired in litigation and this led to unprecedented delay in starting the construction work. Since the decks have been cleared and the draw of lots for remaining flats of Category ‘B’ would be held shortly.

He further stated that registration letters of categories A and D to successful applicants have been issued in June last year. In case of Categories ‘B’ and ‘C’ there arose a dispute and some applicants went to the High Court and it threw a dampener on the hopes of UT employees. In compliance to the court’s interim order, the Board has included some applicants of Category ‘C’ in to Category ‘B’ till the delivery of the final verdict.

But in its final verdict, the court has not accepted the claim of such applicants resulting in some flats in category ‘B’ vacant. The successful applicants of category ‘C’ were also issued registration letters. “The Board will now hold draw of lots for 57 flats of category ‘B’ from among the 205 unsuccessful applicants to complete the number of allotters equal to the number of flats,” Sabharwal said.

The much touted scheme was floated by the Board in 2008, includes category ‘A’ flats (3-bed rooms) having a covered area of 2000 sq. feet will cost around Rs 34.7 lakh. While category ‘B’ (2-bed room) houses with covered area of 1300 sq. feet costing Rs 24.3 lakh; category ‘C’ (one bed room) flat, measuring 900 sq. feet allottee will have to pay Rs 13.53 lakh. Category ‘D’ flat costs Rs 5.76 lakh with covered area of 500 sq. feet. All to be built on a area of 61.5 acre at an estimated cost of Rs 414.45 crore, said Mr Sabharwal.

Clarifying the cost factor, the CHB Secretary said that the Board would issue letters to the applicants on the tentative cost as mentioned in the brochure but the final cost would be assessed after completion of the Scheme, hopefully by 2014.

Delay has not only tied in knots the execution of the construction works but will cost the allottees dear. “Delay in construction work, there is manifold increase in the cost of construction materials during all these years. It will definitely increase the cost of flat by 15 to 20 per cent,” he said.

The Board was committed to complete most of the pending projects and at least one-third the allottees would get houses, claimed Mr Sabharwal.

 
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Readers' Opinions
Rajiv Rastogi 12/6/2012 8:26:32 AM

im satisfied with the UT employs schemes but i want to know whether non successful applicant will get the flat also.

Avdhesh Aggarwal 2/21/2013 2:58:20 AM

I want to purchase a flat/house in chandigarh

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