In a surprise development, the Chandigarh Housing Board on Monday asked flat owners to submit requests for regularisation of need-based changes which has been a contentious issue for long, along with detailed design and layout plans, by December 31, 2015.
This is in extension of the board’s order, dated March 23, 2010, when it had given residents one year’s time to apply for regularisation of certain permissible need-based changes.
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However, the board has not yet decided which changes it will allow this time and the compounding fee for them.
These things will be answered in a new policy for need-based changes which will come soon, said board secretary Danish Ashraf.
“In our recent meetings, there was a wide consensus that most of the relaxations will be drawn from the list that was prepared in 2010 but the final contours of the policy are being worked out,” he said.
He clarified that relaxations would be given only for changes within the premises. “Illegal occupation of common land, land meant for garages or other purpose would not be regularised,” he said.
“Structural stability of the houses will also be a crucial factor in deciding the list of relaxations,” he added.
In its announcement, the board said that the compounding fee for permissible changes would not be less than the fee charged by Estate Office from time to time.
Professor Nirmal Datt, president of the CHB Residents Federation, said the board’s decision was a step in the right direction, but required clarity about relaxations which would be allowed, and which would be compoundable.