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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM (IST)

Residents show resentment against transfer policy for flats

Residents show resentment against transfer policy for flats
Residents of group housing societies of Sector48 to 51 raise slogans against the Administration in Sector49 on Sunday. Vicky

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

Residents of group housing societies of Sectors 48 to 51 today expressed their resentment against the Chandigarh Administration’s Transfer of Flats of Cooperative Societies Scheme, 2018, in a meeting held at Central Park in Sector 49 here.

The general feeling was that the provisions of the scheme ran contrary to the provisions of the previous transfer policy notified in 2009. They said the administration had suddenly come up with another policy in 2018 which had put a heavy financial burden on the already recognised transferees. The additional burden ranged from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh depending on the category of flat. This had become an insurmountable problem for these hapless members who were mostly retired and had acquired flats from their life-long savings.

MN Shukla, a social activist and convener of the gathering, questioned the administration that when the shares/flats had already been transferred under its transfer policy of 2009, where was the propriety or rationale behind forcing the people to complete yet another set of long-drawn formalities, besides bearing heavy financial burden. The other feeling among the gathering was that the ‘Stamp duty’ ought to be based on the initial value of land and construction of flats and not the present value or the Collector rate.

C.R. Arora, an Air Force veteran opined that when the Administration was collecting Property Tax from the allottees of Society flats, it ought to carry out the maintenance of roads, street lighting, sewer, parks, etc. within the Society premises on the same pattern as is done in the case of Housing Board flats.

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