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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Chandigarh employees’ hopes to own house dashed again

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17

Even after a decade, there is no respite for 3,930 UT employees who were selected by lot for the UT's employees' self-finance housing scheme.

Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the UT Administration held a meeting with a delegation of the employees who are to get flats under the scheme, but it again disappointed the latter for they were offered prices with a very marginal reduction.

Housing scheme

The draw of lots for the housing scheme was conducted on November 4, 2010. Under the scheme, 336 three-bedroom flats, 888 two-bedroom, 564 one-bedroom and 320 one-room flats were to be built on land measuring 61.5 acre.

When the scheme was announced in 2008, the rate of one-room flat (EWS category) was Rs5.76 lakh, but it was today offered for a whopping Rs48 lakh-Rs54 lakh, that too in an 11-storey building. Three BHK, which was priced at Rs34.70 lakh, was today offered for a staggering Rs1.51crore-Rs1.69 crore.

"We have rejected both proposals of the Administration. From where will the common man pay such a huge amount? We want the same rates as mentioned in the 2008 brochure. Now, we will strongly fight our case in the High Court on November 26 as we have no hopes from the authorities," stated Dr Dharmender, general secretary, UT Government Employees Housing Welfare Society.

"It is their mistake that they did not build flats under the 2008 scheme and inordinately delayed the matter without any reason. Thus, we want the same 2008 rates as employees cannot afford the increased cost of the flats. The authorities should treat it as a special case, not as a general housing scheme. They can give flats on throwaway prices eyeing a particular vote bank, but are doing injustice with their own employees," said a group of employees.

Meanwhile, the administration, in a press note, has said: "The employees' representatives had a detailed meeting with Adviser Manoj Parida, who offered a price range for the flats. If the employees agree to the prices, the Administration will move the MHA for formal approval, after which the housing board will start construction. The houses will range from 6 to 11 floors to reduce the need for larger land area. The employees have been requested to give their consent at the earliest. They demanded free-hold land rights which the Adviser said will be decided by the MHA."

from The Tribune

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