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THE CHANDIGARH Housing Board (CHB), which has been overlooking the genuine demand of the allottees for the past several years, has provided a slew of relief measures to the allottees in the last one year. The biggest relief has been approval of a total of 40 need-based changes. Over the years, the owners of the CHB dwellings made changes as per their need in the absence of any policy allowing need-based changes. Not only that, the owners have been exempted from seeking permissions from the board for carrying out changes as per the approved standard designs which are available on the official website of the board.
To ensure that the applicants get their properties transferred with minimal hassle, Tatkal service for commercial and residential properties was started. With an aim to streamline the process of transfer of properties — both residential and commercial — CHB in March abolished the system of interviews for processing transfer applications.
The dealing assistant concerned now processes the case on the basis of principle of first come first out, except tatkal case. A policy was formulated to restore dwelling units which were cancelled on the grounds of wrong affidavits submitted by the allottees. It also allowed allottees to mortgage their residential and commercial properties for obtaining loans from banks. Earlier, the allottees were not allowed to mortgage their properties. Apart from changes in rules to regularise transfer of properties, the other relief measures included removal of condition of lock-in-period in all types of transfer cases of dwelling units and relaxation given to allottees who purchased flats from open market.
CHB Residents Federation secretary Rajat Malhotra has lauded the board for providing many relief measures to the allottees. “The board has been sitting over our genuine demands for the past several years. However, since last year, the board has taken decisions for the benefit of the allottees,” said Malhotra, who thanked chairman Maninder Singh for considering genuine demands of the allottees.
Prem Kaushik, one of the board members, said that the emphasis of the board members and chairman for the past one year had been to provide maximum relief to the allottees. However, some of the relaxations given by the board to the allottees in the last few months have come under the scanner of the Chandigarh Administration. The decision of the board to allow allottees to cover 70 per cent of the plot area has been challenged by finance secretary Sarvjit Singh on the grounds that allowing more covered area is not part of the Chandigarh Master Plan – 2031.