Chandigarh

Resentment against CHB brews over wsithdrawal of notification on need based changes

Y.S.Rana | December 04, 2018 12:50 PM

CHANDIGARH: Resentment is brewing among the allottees of Chandigarh Housing Board dwelling units as the Board has decided to withdrawn the notification issued in 2013 that allowed regularization of 43 need-based changes in dwelling units. It is stated that the board had suddenly withdrawn the said notification on December 26, 2017 and introduced a concept of per year compounding fee for the approval of these violations on per square feet basis.
 
A delegation of CRAWFED under its chairman, Mr Hitesh Puri met the Governor Punjab-Administrator UT Chandigarh Mr V.P.Singh Badnore apprized him about the problem and submitted a representation requesting to intervene in the matter. Mr Puri also said that Smt Kirron Kher, member Parlialment has assured the allottees in April last that one-time need-based policy would be made. Instead of implementing one-time need-based policy, the Board has withdrawn the notification of 2013, he added.

The representation states that the alottees of Chandigarh Housing Board requested the Administrator that based on the current construction made in the dwelling units the 100 per cent regularization of violations within boundary and skyline should be regularized by implementing one-time compounding fee; rate of compounding fee should be fixed category-wise;  structural stability certificate from the certified architect/civil engineer of the Board should be made mandatory while regularizing the DUs.
 
The delegation also urged the Administrator around 62,000 families living in these DUs  mostly belonging to weaker section and middle and lower income groups could not afford to pay new compounding fee. The DUs were constructed on a no-profit no-loss basis by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) since 1978 and as on date around 2,50,000 people are living in these Dwelling Units.
 
Stung by the decision of the board, the residents said that the aim to allot these Dwelling units was to solve the problem of accommodation to a large part of the society and with passage of time size of each family increased and need for additional or alterations in the structure have become a necessity.  Hence, the owners have constructed additional rooms, balconies, washrooms and kitchens etc. besides other alterations and constructions right under the nose of Chandigarh Housing Board.

Keeping the above urgency, the Board has issued a notification in 2013 that approved 43 need-based violations.

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