The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has allowed allottees to use part of their residence for commercial activities. The allottees have been allowed to use ground floors of their premises for opening electronic shops — mobile repair and TV/radio repair — stationery shops and computer centres. The board, however, has not allowed barber and hair dressing shops in order to have a uniform policy in consonance with the UT estate office.
It has further been decided to allow creches/aanganwadis in the CHB dwelling units up to a maximum of 50 square metre or 50 per cent of the covered area, whichever is more. The creches and aanganwadis may provide baby-sitting or child-care facilities for children. However, only duly qualified persons shall be allowed to run such a creche or aanganwadi, after informing the board before starting a creche .
There are nearly 64,000 CHB dwelling units spread across 15 sectors in the city, including sectors 38 (West), 29, 41, 40, 44, 43, 45, 47 and Modern Housing Complex. CHB chairman Maninder Singh insists the decision has been taken keeping in view the interest of the allottees. “It was one of the long-pending demands of the allottees,” he said.
Last year, the board had allowed allottees of dwelling units on the ground floors in different rehabilitation schemes to use part of their premises for commercial activities. The trades approved included boutiques, beauty parlours, tailoring shops, mobile repair shops, barber shops, TV/radio repair shops, computer centres, stationery shops and electric shops.
The slum rehabilitation scheme under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is being executed by the CHB. To date, as many as 12,736 tenements have been constructed and handed over against 23,974 identified slum dwellers on the basis of biometric survey done in 2006. CHB is constructing around 25,000 flats in eight different parts of the city such as sectors 49, 38 (West), Ramdarbar, Maloya, Mauli Jagran and Dhanas.
Prem Kaushik, one of the board members, said that the issue was discussed in the last board meeting held in August. “The board has taken the decision with an aim to promote self-employment,” he added.