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Posted at: Jul 16, 2019, 7:37 AM; last updated: Jul 16, 2019, 7:37 AM (IST)

Employees reject sky-high prices of flats

CHB to extend deadline for giving consent by a month
Employees reject sky-high prices of flats

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15

Giving a relief to employees, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to extend the deadline by a month  for them to give their consent to the revised rates of flats under the UT Employees Self-Finance Housing Scheme-2008.

While not a  single employee  has  given his or her consent  to the  new rates  within the stipulated 21  days, the CHB decided to extend the deadline after the employees  raised the  issue with UT Adviser Manoj Parida. The deadline for the consent  ended on July 12.   

The CHB had issued a public notice on June 22 asking the employees to give their consent to the revised rates of flats within 21 days.

 The employees  met the Adviser last week and  requested  him to reconsider the cost, which, they said, had almost finished the scheme, which was revived  after a long battle. Sources said the official  order for  extending the  deadline would be issued soon.     

After a gap of 10 years, the Centre had approved the proposal to allot land to the CHB for the construction of 3,930  flats  for the successful allottees, but  the Ministry of Home Affairs directed the UT to allot land on the basis of the current collector rates of the area. Due to this, the cost of the land increased  manifold. The CHB needs around Rs 2,200  crore to pay for the land to the Administration.

While the scheme was earlier launched on a no-profit-no-loss basis, the decision of the MHA came as a big blow to the allottees. The CHB has fixed a price of Rs 1.76 crore for  a three-bedroom (BHK) flat, Rs 1.35 crore for a two BHK flat, Rs 99 lakh for a one BHK flat and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat under the scheme. The rate of the EWS category flat was only Rs 5.76 lakh, while that of a three-bedroom flat was Rs 34.70 lakh when the scheme was launched.

UT Employees Housing Welfare Society general secretary Dharmender said they had decided not to give their consent as the new rates  were out  of  their  reach. Dharmender said they met  the Adviser last week and  requested  him to reconsider the cost of the flats.

Dharmender  said the Adviser assured them that their demand  would be taken up and  a representative of the employees  would be  included  in a committee, likely to be set up for the purpose.

Rs 1.76 cr for 3 BHK flat 

The CHB has fixed a price of Rs 1.76 crore for a three-bedroom (BHK) flat, Rs 1.35 crore for a two BHK flat, Rs 99 lakh for a one BHK flat and Rs 58.07 lakh for one BHK (EWS) flat under the scheme. The rate of the EWS category flat was only Rs 5.76 lakh, while that of a three-bedroom flat was Rs 34.70 lakh when the scheme was launched.

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