Chandigarh Housing Board schemes running behind schedule

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 30 2013, 21:34pm hrs
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) which has garnered appreciation in the last few years for constructing thousands of flats under the slum rehabilitation scheme, sadly, has done very little to complete its own general housing schemes floated many years ago.

Consequently, thousands of applicants who had taken loans for fulfilling their dream of owning a house in Chandigarh, are yet to hear from the board and continue to pay bank installments.

CHB, the construction wing of the UT Administration, had floated the UT employees housing scheme almost six years ago but the scheme is anything but near its realisation.

Under the scheme, floated five years ago, around 4,000 flats were to be constructed at Sectors 52, 53 and 56.

The inordinate delay is despite the fact that the draw of lots had already been done in November, 2010 and the Board had last year officially announced that the successful applicants will have to cough up double the amount by the time the flats are constructed and are handed over, yet there is no allotment in sight Sources in the CHB said while the scheme was being delayed inordinately due to one reason or the other, the board had started refunding money to unsuccessful employees who had not shown interest in getting flats. There were around 80 such applicants.

As per the scheme, 252 flats are to be constructed for category A, which was 3-BHK (bedroom-hall-kitchen), 168 for category B, which was 2-BHK, 3,066 for category 3, which was 1-BHK, and 444 for category D, which was for the economically weaker section.

An official of the CHB on conditions of anonymity said, For the past few years, the entire manpower and the machinery was put to use to accomplish the ambitious project of slum rehabilitation scheme under the JNNURM. We have already delivered on that front and now our focus will be to complete the general housing schemes at the earliest.

Another scheme which is gathering dust is the general housing scheme in Sector 63 which has already crossed several deadlines, is again set to cross another deadline crushing the hopes of hundreds of applicants yet again.

Officials, however, say that while the construction of 388 flats in one of the blocks is yet to start, the construction of one bed room, two bed room and three bed room flats is already on.

The scheme, which was launched in 2006 had hit several roadblocks even in the past seven years including the demarcation of land, inordinate delay in getting environmental clearance.

The allotment prices of flats being constructed by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) under the self-financing housing scheme at Sector 63 are likely to be revised following changes in the area allotted for the construction of EWS flats.

In 2004, land spread over 60,000 square yards was allotted to the CHB for the construction of 2,108 flats. But after the revision of layout plans and the relocation of greenbelts adjoining the UT, land left with the CHB was 48,000 square yards.