The land for 13 Cooperative House Building Societies for the construction of multi-storied flats in Mohali still seems to be a distant dream.
For,the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has deferred the agenda item placed before its Executive Committee meeting,chaired by Punjab Chief Secretary SC Agarwal,in Chandigarh recently to fix the allotment rates of 21.24 acres allotted in 2004.
A senior GMADA official told Newsline that the decision to fix allotment rates for cooperative societies was put on hold for studying the pattern of such allotment rates in Chandigarh and Haryana.
Though GMADA policy provides charging rates applicable at the time of allotment but in the case of cooperative societies,since no letter of intent was issued at the time of allotment,the rates are required to be fixed before issuing letters of intent to the allottees, said the official. Though at the time of allotment in 2004,the allotment rate in Mohali was Rs 2,000 per square yard but GMADA had proposed before the Executive Committee meeting to charge the present allotment rate of Rs 10,000 per square yard since the letters of intent are yet to be issued.
Ever since the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) Finance and Accounts Committee had on February 13,2004,approved the names of 13 cooperative house building societies for the allotment of sites in Sectors 76,79 and 80 after inviting the applications in 2003,the societies had been waiting endlessly for possession of the allotted land.
In May,2007,GMADA,which overtook the PUDA powers in August 2006,had reversed earlier policy of the PUDA to allot the sites to 13 approved societies while holding that the allotment can only be made by way of auction.
Accordingly,in November,2007,GMADA had returned the earnest money amounting to Rs 2 crore to the societies,which they had deposited as 10 per cent of the total amount of the land. Refusing to accept the refund cheques,the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the societies had then approached Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,who was generous enough to overrule the decision of auction and gave a go-ahead to the allotment of land as approved in 2004 at the second meeting of GMADA chaired by him in April last.
However,even 15 months after this decision,thousands of houseless investors are still not sure when they will be able to have their own house.
A ray of hope had arisen in June last year when GMADA had freed 34 acres of prime land from the illegal possession of Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Sector 76,where 6 of 13 societies were allotted land but the hope is yet to turn into reality.