The residents of SAS Nagar have demanded permission from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to construct third floors on residential houses in the township.
In a letter to GMADA, former MC councillor NK Marwaha stated people who had settled in SAS Nagar in early years after constructing their houses were now finding it difficult to accommodate their grown up children, who were married.
“The family is left with only two options, either to find an alternative house on rent or to construct another floor on the existing house. It will be most appropriate, suitable and economical for the owner, if GMADA allows construction of the third floor,” he wrote, adding that there should be no problems with the town planning department of the chief architect, Punjab, as nowadays, the government and private builders were constructing multi-storied flats up to 14th floor or more.
“Even in Delhi, the local authority has permitted the construction of third floor in residential areas. However, GMADA can charge a nominal fee for allowing the extra floor, which will help make GMADA financially strong,” the letter read.
When contacted, GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha said, “The proposal has been forwarded to the architect department, Punjab. They are mulling whether to allow it.”
Shamlal Sharma, general secretary, Resident Welfare Association, Phase 3B1, said when SAS Nagar was conceived by the state government long back as a cheaper city to Chandigarh, nobody had even thought that this city would grow up so rapidly. Now the population of the town is about to cross the population of Chandigarh.
He said, “Though GMADA has allowed sale of share in the residential houses, it has not permitted sale of floors. Sale of share in residential houses creates lot of complications and leads to infighting. It will be most appropriate, if GMADA also allows sale of floors as is being done by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Panchkula,” Sharma added.