THE CHANDIGARH Housing Board (CHB) has been dragging its feet on its commitment of providing power back-up in lifts installed in the General Self-Financing Housing Scheme-2008 in Sector 63.
This is the first multi-storeyed project executed by CHB at cost of Rs 414 crore having facility of lifts. While handing over the possession of lifts to different resident welfare associations (RWA’s) earlier this year, the board had given a written assurance of providing power back-up in lifts.
There are a total of 2,108 flats, which includes 336 three bedrooms, 888 two bedrooms, 564 one bedroom and as many as 320 economically weaker section (EWS) flats. There are a total of 83 lifts installed in different blocks of the housing scheme. The board will have to shell out around Rs 5 crore for the power back-up system, which is being opposed by the non-official board members. According to sources, the board members have termed the project as wasteful expenditure.
The matter was also discussed in board meetings held in the past few months, but the board officials and members failed to reach a consensus.
CHB chairman Maninder Singh had also recently convened a meeting of board members and representatives of RWA’s to discuss the issue, but to no avail. Manish Bhardwaj, general secretary of 2-BHK RWA, said the non-official members have been opposing the project on the grounds that the estimated cost of project is out of their budget. “They made it clear during the meeting convened by the chairman,” said Bhardwaj.
Prem Kaushik, one of the board members, said they were studying the project and would take a final call shortly.
CHB chairman Maninder Singh said once approved, the aim was to provide eco-friendly power back up system. “We have also written to Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) seeking suggestion on best Eco-friendly power back-up system available in the market,” said Maninder Singh.
Housing board yet to fix seepage in pits of lifts
Water egressing into pits of a total of 28 lifts had come to the fore in March. Water egressed into pits owing to faulty design. However, till date the board has failed to rectify the problem. According to RWA, the problem continue to persists in around 10 lifts. Manish Bhardwaj said they had taken up the matter with the board. CHB chairman said: “We had carried out repairs in the lifts. If the water is still seeping into some pits, we will get the them fixed at the earliest.”