Centre Okays Land Allotment; Chandigarh Employees’ Housing Scheme May Take Off Soon
Over a decade after the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) launched the self-financing housing scheme for the employees of the Union Territory government, the Central government has now approved a proposal to allot 61.5 acre of land for the project.
The CHB Self-Financing Housing Scheme 2008 was launched in February that year for which nearly 7,000 people applied. The draw of lots for the scheme was held in November 2010, and the board consequently earned Rs 57 crore from buyers as 25 per cent of the property cost. However, the scheme could not really take off owing to land-acquisition issues, with the Centre expressing its inability to provide land for the project.
In 2012, the CBH expressed its inability to hand over the land to allotees due to the changes in the land acquisition process. Following this, certain winners of the lottery took the board to the Punjab & Haryana High Court to challenge the move — the matter is still pending with the HC. What made matters worse for the applicant was the fact that the scheme documents clearly mentioned that those who have been allotted land cannot apply for any other government housing scheme in the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
Under the scheme, the CBH would allot land to allottees for a lease period of 99 years in Sector 53.
The CHB has already started the process to implement the scheme, and expects to be done with the handing over of the plots by 2022. Earlier this month, the CHB floated tenders for the geographical survey of the land for the project.
A total of 564 flats would be constructed under the scheme. While 252 of these units will be A-category 3BHK flats, 168 2BHK will be constructed under the B category. Under the C category, 144 flats of 1BHK configuration would be constructed. In case the CHB decided to go for a higher FSI (floor space index), the number of units could shoot up significantly.