An official said, “Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Shanti Dhariwal will send a proposal to the cabinet for approval. Once a nod is received, the possession of land will be taken over by the general administration department (GAD) and then transferred to the RHB,” he said.
The RHB will take possession of 54 MLA bungalows and sell it off after demolition. The revenue earned after selling the land of these bungalows at Lal Kothi and Jalupura will be utilised to construct the apartments.
An official said that the RHB had proposed to construct an eight-storey building in the periphery of legislative assembly to accommodate 160 MLAs. Considering the project as a special case, the 28-metre building height has been proposed against the 15-metre mentioned in the building bylaws.
Although, the design has received in-principle approval, the final nod to provide relaxation in the bylaws will be given by the UDH minister, as for the assembly’s structural dominance, in the 100-metre periphery, the height of the buildings is restricted up to 15 metre. At present, RHB has proposed to construct the apartment till the base height of the dome. After the work was awarded to RHB, a design of the apartments has been prepared.
The flats will measure 3,200 square-feet and comprise four bedrooms, one drawing room, a kitchen and a room for domestic help. As per the previous design, the JDA has proposed 176 flats. However, the idea did not go well with the committee which is overseeing the project, as the open area was less.