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Major relief for CHB allottees

September 30, 2018 05:22 AM


Major relief for CHB allottees
23 need-based changes get in-principle nod; Directors to take final call on Oct 5
Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29

In a major relief for the owners of more than 60,000 dwelling units, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is all set to allow more relaxations in need-based changes made by them over the years.

Sources said a high-level committee comprising officials of the CHB, the UT Administration, the Estate Office and the Fire Department has given in-principle approval to 23 recommendations out of the 25 made by a panel formed for the purpose last month.

The approval came during a meeting of the high-level committee held under the chairmanship of the Finance Secretary-cum-CHB Chairman Ajoy Kumar Sinha today. The meeting that went on for around four hours was held on the direction of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore.
Sources said the approve recommendations would now be placed before the CHB Directors in a meeting to be held on October 5 for the final nod.

Sources said the committee had recommended allowing partitions made within the flats on a condition that these were structurally safe. Another major relief is the permission for making alteration in the front gates.

The Board had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary, CHB, two months ago to recommend need-based changes that can be allowed in CHB dwelling units. For years, CHB allottees have been demanding regularisation of changes made within the four walls of flats and houses without compromising their structural safety.

Sources said the committee had also recommended certain amount of fee for allowing the changes. Addition of storeys or structures made by encroaching on government or common land will not be regularized.

Some of the need-based changes that have been accorded approval are balconies within the four walls and relaxation in the height and size of the rooms made in the backyards of houses on a condition that the owners would submit a plan with the CHB in this regard. The issue of allowing grills has been kept pending till the report of the Fire Department is received.

The committee was formed after MP Kirron Kher took up the matter with the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore recently.

Changes permitted
Construction of additional rooms, subject to conditions
Regularisation of additional construction in rear courtyard and terrace
Gate and grill at side and rear boundary with conditions
Coverage of corridor area
Shifting of gate from the side boundary to the boundary wall of the front courtyard
Regularisation of fixed/opening glazing of balconies and verandah
Use of parking space with mutual consent of allottees in Sectors 45 and 39-B
Permission to construct lifts in CHB units, subject to conditions
Width of the main gates may be increased to 12 feet and height to 6 feet
Fixing an additional door in dwelling unit with some conditions

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