IN A major relief to the owners of dwelling units of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the board has given the nod for 12 need-based changes.
The owners have also been exempted from seeking permissions from the board for carrying out the changes as per the approved standard designs that are available on the official website of the board. However, they have been advised to get the structures to be added, designed from qualified structural engineers having ME/MTech (Structural Engineers registered with the Chandigarh Administration) in the interest of the safety of occupants.
There are around 50,000 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. Over the years, the owners of the CHB dwellings have made changes as per their need which have not been regularised by the board in absence of any policy allowing need-based changes. Keeping in view demands from several residents’ associations, the board has allowed need-based changes for different categories for regularisation of need-based changes within four walls. Welcoming the decision, CHB Resident Federation secretary Rajat Malhotra thanked the board for the relaxation, but said a lot needed to be done. “All the changes made by the residents are not covered in the policy,” said Malhotra.
Nod for lifts in housing societies
The CHB has also approved the provision of lifts, wherever possible, within the building line of all categories of societies. The standard designs of the same will be prepared and uploaded on the website of CHB. The residents of each society will have to bear the expenditure for installing the lifts after taking permission from the board.