Chandigarh Housing Board To Rejig Employee Housing Scheme 2008
In a bid to accommodate more units/flats, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to rejig its Employee Housing Scheme, 2008.
The board, which is facing an acute shortage of land, has recently increased floor area ratio (FAR). Floor area ratio refers to limits imposed on the constructed area of the buildings.
The FAR has been increased from 1.50 to 2. With this, CHB will now be able to construct 20 more flats on one acre of land, thereby increasing the total number to 75 units. At present, the board only has 11.75 acres of land in its possession.
As per the revised norms, on land measuring 11.795 acres, about 885 dwelling units will be constructed as against 655 flats earlier. The board is replanning to accommodate the maximum number of flats to fully optimise the use of land and reduce the cost.
The board is hopeful of starting construction by the end of this year. According to the sources, a topographical survey of the area and soil testing has been conducted. The board has also applied for environment clearance for the project.
The general secretary of the housing society said that the scheme was already delayed, and the administration should expedite the process to ensure all the allottees get their respective flats.
The administration had earlier proposed to allot land measuring 61.5 acres to CHB for the construction of flats for employees under a self-financing scheme.
Nearly 7,000 employees working in different departments of the administration had applied for houses under the scheme, of which 3,930 were allotted flats after a draw of lots in November 2010.
Thereafter, the CHB allotted land for the project in Sector 53. The board collected 25% of the price, which amounted to Rs 57 crore, but in 2012 the administration expressed its inability to allot land since the terms of land acquisition changed.
Source Link- https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/