Chandigarh Housing Board Will Allow Need-Based Changes In Units
People who have been allotted flats under the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) schemes have a reason to cheer as Punjab Governor and Administrator UT Chandigarh VP Singh Badnore has approved need-based changes in these flats. Doing this is illegal so far.
Now, it is legal to go in for additional construction in courtyard and terraces, additional doors, fixing grills in balconies, shifting of a gate from side boundary wall to the front boundary wall of the front courtyard, etc.
Over the years, more than 64,000 CHB allottees made need-based changes to the units and were demanding regularisation of these changes. In a memorandum to the officials, these allottees had demanded that officials shouldn’t complicate the issue by asking them to get certificates from architects for such changes. They proposed to pay a one-time settlement fee to the authority for making legal such need-based changes.
What the approval means
About 90 per cent of these CHB units that were handed over to the allottees were found to have been modified and these alterations were considered as “violations”. Following the approval from the administrator, over 64,000 allottees would get relief. Most of these allottees had constructed additional rooms in their courtyard or terraces.
“It was a long-pending demand of the flat owners. The owners do not need individual permissions from the CHB to carry out these changes. They, however, are advised to get the buildings designed from qualified structural engineers having ME/MTech (those registered with the Chandigarh administration) degrees to ensure the safety of occupants,” CHB Chairman Ajoy Kumar Sinha was quoted as saying.
The CHB has fixed Rs 200 per square foot (psf) as one-time compounding fee for violations and Rs 20,000 is the minimum amount to be paid by each of these households.
Revival charges slashed
About 2,500 allottees, whose units were cancelled by the CHB on account of violations, non-payment of dues or concealment of facts, can now pay two per cent of the market value of the unit to get their unit back. Earlier, they had to pay a revival charge ranging between 20-50 per cent of the market value. With revival charges being slashed, people from the EWS category are set to benefit.
Terms and conditions apply
While modifications have been approved, there are limits put forth by the housing board. For example, additional construction in the courtyard or terraces cannot exceed 150 sqft or 50 per cent area of the courtyard, whichever is lesser for the Middle- Income-Group (MIG) and the High-Income-Group (HIG) flats. For units allotted to the EWS category and the Low-Income-Group category, such construction cannot exceed 150 sqft or 75 per cent of the area of the courtyard.
Prescribed fee may vary if you wish to fix the grills or go in for glazing in the balcony area. Check before you proceed with these modifications.
There is a prescribed fee if you wish to shift the gate from the side boundary wall to the front boundary of the front courtyard.
You can increase the existing windows by four inches.
You are also allowed to construct the lift if the Plan Approval Committee (Upper) gives its nod.