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CITCO gives two hoots to high court orders

Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, October 15, 2013
First Published: 10:39 IST(15/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:41 IST(15/10/2013)

The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has failed to comply with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court of getting the government accommodations occupied by its staff vacated.

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On July 31, the court had given two weeks’ time to the corporation to comply with the directions and to fix irregularities pertaining to house allotment.

As per norms, CITCO employees are not entitled to government accommodation and there are around 50 employees who are currently residing in government houses.

The court has already imposed embargo on CITCO for further allotting houses to its employees following a petition filed by an employees of the administration in December last year.

The petitioner had contended that employees of CITCO, who otherwise were not eligible either under the rules or in accordance with the law framed, had been allotted government houses.

CITCO chief general manager (CGM) Amandeep Kaur said, “There are certain issues which need to be considered. We have requested the administration for creating a separate pool for CITCO employees.”

According to sources, in case regarding appointment of production staff in CITCO hotels, it was specifically mentioned in the advertisement that government accommodation would be provided to selected candidates. “The selected candidates were given accommodations and withdrawing the facility of government residence will be against the terms of contract,” an official said.

Corporation planning to set up staff colony
For addressing the problem, CITCO is now planning to set up a colony for its employees for which it has requested the administration to allot land.

As per sources, the administration has agreed to assist CITCO in finding suitable land outside the city for staff housing for which the corporation will have to raise funds on its own.

In 1990, a major expansion of Hotel Mountview was undertaken and all staff accommodations on the premises were demolished. In 1992, the administration had offered 3.9 acres to CITCO in lieu of dismantled houses at the rate of ` 750 per square yard.

However, due to paucity of funds, the corporation failed to avail of the offer.

CITCO has now urged the administration to provide the land on old rates. CITCO plans to construct about 100 flats for different categories of employees, including two- and three-bedroom flats ranging from 900 to 1,650 square feet. The construction cost has been worked out at about Rs. 16.5 crore, excluding the cost of land.

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