CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) plans to build a 11-storey tower under the UT employees housing scheme 2008, offer more floor area ratio, charge only for the built-up area of the flat instead of the total area which includes land for road and green belt.

The administration had started exploring different proposals for construction of flats on the directions of the central government.

Recently, the Centre had directed the administration to recalculate the rates of flats to be made for different categories.

UT adviser Manoj Parida, who is also chairman CHB, said the UT and CHB are working on different options. “We will come out with a detailed plan and accordingly will discuss it with the employees association,” he said.

Last month, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, a meeting through video-conferencing was held under the chairmanship of Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

After deliberations to resolve the issue regarding rates of flats of the scheme, it was decided that the calculation of rates be made again for different categories by applying various factors like floor area ratio (FAR), collector rate and plot area in consultation with the representatives of petitioners in the case.
Chandigarh housing board plans 11-storey housing tower for its employeesLast year, after opposition by employees, the administration had decided to reconsider high prices of flats under the UT Employees Self Finance Housing Scheme 2008.

The CHB last year had finalised a three-bedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flat for Rs 1.76 crore, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK flat, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. Employees had decided not to give consent to the high prices.

Earlier, the CHB had estimated Rs 2.08 crore for a three BHK flat, Rs 1.64 crore for a two BHK flat, Rs 1 crore for a one BHK flat and Rs 60 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. As the decision was taken to construct the flats for UT employees on “no profit no loss” basis, the prices were calculated to Rs 1.76 crore for three BHK, Rs 1.35 crore for two BHK, Rs 99 lakh for one BHK and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS).

When the scheme was announced in 2008, the rates were Rs 34.70 lakh for three BHK flat, Rs 24.30 lakh for two BHK flat, Rs 13.53 lakh for one BHK flat and Rs 5.76 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat. On January 2 last year, the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the housing scheme pending since 2008.

A total of 73.3 acre land was earmarked for the construction of 3,930 dwelling units for the employees. Out of which, 11.8 acre was already in the possession of the CHB.

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