CHANDIGARH: In a major decision, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) decided to bring a new housing scheme for Chandigarh in its board meeting on Thursday. The flats under this new scheme will be given at affordable rates to fulfill the rising demand of housing in Chandigarh in sectors 51 and 54.
During the meeting, it was decided that the CHB needs to set a benchmark for quality and affordable housing and also fulfill the demand for housing in the city. In view of the huge demand from the public for general housing, the CHB has decided to float two new self-financing housing schemes. The scheme would come up in sectors 51 and 54.
Under these schemes, it is proposed to construct approximately 1,700 flats of various categories like one room flat (EWS), 1 BHK (under low-income group category , 2 BHK (under middle-income group category) and 3 BHK (under high-income group category).
While the flats in Sector 51 are likely to be constructed on pattern similar to other flats constructed in the sector, the parameters intended to be incorporated in newly-proposed scheme at Sector 54 will be based on modern thinking. For instance, these flats would be designed by a consulting architect who will be selected through an open design competition at the national level. Features such as energy efficient and aesthetical design, optimum use of land, green architecture, modern technology for construction with use of sustainable building material, solar energy utilization and rain water harvesting will be incorporated.
Besides that, the board found that 143 commercial properties of CHB are lying vacant since long due to which the residents are facing inconvenience regarding access to essential products/services.
It was decided by the board to rent out the commercial properties for a maximum period of three years. Preference will be given to banks/government organizations/autonomous bodies/boards and corporations. It was decided that these properties may be rented out by way of open auction.
Moreover, it was also decided that allocation of specific dwelling unit number through draw of lots is scheduled to hold on October 28 for 160 two bedroom flats in Sector 51. The allotment and possession of the dwelling units shall be given to all applications who have deposited the cost of the flat. The possession is targeted to be handed over by November.
The board also found that there was an urgent need to consider an alternate mode of sending correspondence after some complaints regarding delay/non-receipt of letters through to a private courier service came up.