CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is coming up with the agenda to regularise building violations in CHB dwelling units on the one-time settlement pattern followed in Delhi.

The agenda is coming up for discussion in the next board meeting, which is likely to be held in the first week of September. The date of the meeting will be finalised by UT adviser Dharam Pal, who is also chairman of CHB. As per the agenda item, the board has proposed to formulate a method to provide some relaxations on need-based changes on the Delhi pattern.

On January 29 this year, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore directed CHB to examine residents’ demand for one-time regularisation of additional construction on the Delhi pattern. CHB allottees claim that relaxation based on the Delhi pattern is a complete solution to the complicated need-based changes made by them. They said it was implemented in Delhi in 1999.

Recently, CHB had extended the deadline for regularisation of need-based changes till December 31. The board has the same penal charges as last year.

As per the order, CHB has fixed penal charges of Rs 50 per square ft per annum for EWS category flats. For LIG category flats, penalty charges have been fixed at Rs 60 per square ft per annum. For MIG category flats, penalty charges have been fixed at Rs 80 per square ft per annum. Penal charges for HIG category flats have been fixed at Rs 90 per square ft per annum.

The board of directors had approved extension of deadline in its meeting on March 8. According to the order, temporary exemption from immediate demolition, subject to payment of penalty charges, has now been extended to December 31.

Recently, CHB proposed to extend the deadline for regularisation of changes to December 31, 2021, after it expired on December 31, 2020. The proposal went to the UT administration for approval, but the authority asked the CHB to decide. CHB officials then placed the agenda in the board of directors meeting and it was approved.

CHB has already ruled that changes made in flats by allottees, which do not meet the criteria fixed by the UT administration in their notification of need-based changes, will be termed as violations. The board had asked allottees to apply for regularisation of need-based changes after paying some charges. In 2019, the Chandigarh administration had decided not to provide a one-time amnesty solution for large-scale violations by CHB allottees in flats.

Earlier, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore had decided to extend the deadline for allowing need-based changes, which ended on December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2020.

The UT administration has also clarified that additional constructions in the dwelling units of CHB flats were given temporary exemption from immediate demolition, subject to payment of penal charges. Penal charges have been imposed on the consideration that while demolition of additional construction on a large scale may eventually be the only alternative, allottees may get some time to rectify these violations in conformity with orders on need-based changes, the administration clarified.

Over the years, residents of 50,000 CHB flats have made need-based changes in their flats. However, UT administration did not regularise these changes and issued notices to most of the allottees, who were demanding regularisation of need-based changes.



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