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Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH UT admn approves need-based changes in housing board flats

December 23, 2018 06:25 AM

COURTESY TOI DEC 23

UT admn approves need-based changes in housing board flats
Long-Pending Demand Has Been Met, Says MP Kher
Rajinder.Nagarkoti1@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

Providing major relief to allottees of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, the UT administrator VP Singh Badnore approved the need-based changes, which were recommended by eight-member board of CHB on October 5.


Reacting on the development, city MP Kirron Kher, who was pushing for these need based changes, said it was long pending demand of CHB allottees, which was finally approved by the UT administration. She even thanked the outgoing UT adviser Parimal Rai for pushing hard to clear file before leaving Chandigarh.

Among the major need-based changes, which were approved by the UT administrator include additional construction in courtyard/terraces, construction of additional door, fixing of grills in balconies, shifting of gate from side boundary wall to front boundary wall of the front court yard and so on.

Construction of additional rooms in courtyard/terraces was major violation by CHB allottees, which was now approved by the UT administrator.

In the past, CHB had cancelled number of flats to CHB allottees for violations in their flats. Recently, Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore had appointed eight officials and three non-official members in the CHB. Over the years, residents of 50,000 CHB flats have made need-based changes in their flats.

However, the UT administration had not regularised these changes and had issued notices to most of the allottees, who are demanding regularisation of need-based changes.

CHB allottees, in their memorandum to CHB officials, had stated that officials should not complicate the issue by asking CHB occupants to get certificates from architects and structural engineers for building approval.

They had demanded one-time settlement for need-based changes by paying reasonable compounding fees and without any cumbersome process of taking permissions and approvals from government-authorised bodies.

They had also demanded that the government or administration should withdraw notices of penal charges immediately, till a satisfactory decision for one-time settlement is made. Besides, they said, hearing on show-cause notices issued by CHB for cancellation should be stopped immediately. They demanded that no new notices of any kind should be issued by the board till the issue is resolved.

The committee constituted to deal with need-based changes in CHB flats found that around 90% dwelling units have various kinds of violations. These include additional rooms and toilets, conversion of balconies into rooms, covering of the courtyard and even construction of stairs on government land. Over the years, house owners have constructed these structures against the rules and are now demanding their regularisation.

 

 
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