THE MUCH-AWAITED 200 two-bedroom flats housing scheme in Sector 51 of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has evoked a poor response, with the board receiving full payment from 134 allottees out of the 186 flats allotted through draw of lots and bidding.
Reasons: high price and unfavourable condition of making full payment in a period of three months.
A total of 136 flats allotted through draw of lots have been priced at Rs 72 lakh, including other charges, while 50 flats allotted through auction went for the highest bid of Rs 77.50 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 69 lakh. A total of 14 flats, seven each under discretionary quota and oustees, have been kept reserved.
Despite a number of representations submitted by the allottees, the board did not extend the three-month time period for making full payment. The board will refund the earnest money to the applicants who have failed to make the full payment after deducting 10 per cent from the amount.
Board to auction remaining flats
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The board is left with 51 flats for which there are no takers. CHB chairman Maninder Singh said that they would first give an opportunity to 25 applicants on the waiting list. “All the left-over flats will be auctioned,” said the chairman. The terms and conditions of the auction will be the same as in the case of auction of 50 flats under Scheme B.
After the launch of the scheme in April, the board was forced to extend the last date for submitting forms twice after the sale of forms evoked a poor response.
Board to complete flats in three years
Despite not having possession of the entire land earmarked for the project which is to come up at 4.48 acres of land, the board officials say they will complete the project in stipulated time frame. Out of the total, around 1 acre is in the possession of two saw mill-and-furniture shops, which have been running their business from the same premises since 1988. The owners of both the mills are in court against the Chandigarh Administration for their rehabilitation.
Maninder Singh said that owners of both the saw-mills have been allotted space in Sector 39 and they would get them removed from the site at the earliest.
“We are going to stick to our deadline of three years,” claimed Maninder Singh.