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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 8:15 AM (IST)

Employees housing scheme hits another hurdle

Allottees say no to enhanced cost; CHB unable to pay land cost of Rs 2,200 crore

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10

The employees housing scheme has faced another hurdle as the employees have decided to not give their consent to the purchase of flats on the revised rates which, they claim, are out of their reach.

While the CHB has no money to pay for the land cost, around Rs 2,200 crore, the stand-off over the cost is all set to delay the project further. The scheme is already running late by more than 11 years. The CHB had floated the special housing scheme for employees in 2008.

The idea behind floating the scheme was to provide flats to the employees on a no-loss-no-profit basis and the rate was calculated much below the market price then.

Under the scheme, 336 three-bedroom flats, 888 two-bedroom, 564 one-bedroom and 320 one-room flats were to be built on land measuring 61.5 acres. Around 4,000 flats have to be constructed at Sectors 52, 53 and 56. Later, the scheme was shelved. It was revived after the employees took up the matter with the local MP Kirron Kher. But the Ministry of Home allowed the Administration to transfer land to the CHB with the current collector rates.

This has enhanced the cost of the flats manifold. The rates of the flats have been fixed at Rs 50 lakh for Category D, Rs 1 crore for Category C, Rs 1.64 crore for Category B and Rs 2.08 crore for Category A. When the scheme was announced the rates were only Rs 34.70 lakh for Category A, Rs 24.30 lakh for Category B, Rs 13.53 lakh for Category C and Rs 5.76 lakh for Category D.

Dr Dharmender, general secretary of the UT Government Employees Housing Welfare Society, said many employees had died and more than 100 staffers had retired while waiting for the houses. The employees met MP Kirron Kher and suggested her to get the rates reduced by charging money on the plot basis, and not on the basis of whole area to be developed by the MC.

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