Chandigarh Housing Board

On the recommendation of an eight-member committee of the Chandigarh Housing board, VP Badnore, the UT Administrator gave its nod to make need-based changes in the housing units falling under CHB [Chandigarh Housing Board]. The committee gave its recommendation on October 5 this year.

Kirron Kher, the City MP, said that this was a longtime pending demand of the CHB allottees that finally got sanctioned. She also thanked the outgoing UT Adviser Parimal Rai to focus and get the proposal cleared from the authority before getting released from his duties.

This sanction gave nod to the additional construction in courtyard/terraces, construction of additional door, fixing of grills in balconies, shifting of gate from side boundary wall to front boundary wall of the front court yard and more as all these were listed as the primary need-based changes in the dwelling units.

Till now, the constructions of additional rooms in courtyard/terraces were the violation by CHB allottees, but now the CHB has given its nod for the same. The Punjab governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore formed an eight officials and three non-official members committee in the same matter as the Chandigarh housing Board had cancelled the number of flats to CHB allottees for violations in their flats.

Till now, the residents of nearly 50,000 CHB made the need-based changes in their units but the authority was yet to sanction the same and has served notice to many of the allottees. The people have submitted a memorandum to the CHB officials and asked them not to complicate the matter by directing the residents to avail certificates from architects and structural engineers for building approval.

The residents also demanded one-time settlement for the need-based changes in exchange of paying compounding fees as it might not ask for multiple permissions and approval from the authorities. These locals also demanded withdrawal of notices sent to them on the penal charges atleast till a decision for one-time settlement is not taken.

The residents also said that the cancellation of their units should also be stopped with immediate effect and said that the authority should not pass any new notice until the issue is resolved.

The committee found that nearly 90% dwelling units have violated the rules by constructing structures like additional rooms and toilets, conversion of balconies into rooms, covering of the courtyard and even construction of stairs on government land.