In a classic example of poor planning, Chandigarh Housing Board has failed to provide parking space to more than 50% of allottees under the general self financing housing scheme in Sector 63. The CHB is in a fix on how to tackle the problem even as it plans to give possession of the flats next month.
The CHB had asked the allottees to pay Rs 1 lakh extra for additional stilt parking space and those not opting for the parking space would get a rebate of Rs 50,000 on the cost of the flat.
Earlier, authorities decided to hold draw for allotting parking space as against the 2108 flats constructed, the parking space is only available for 700 allottees. In addition, only 446 of the 888 allottees of two-bedroom flats would get the stilt parking facility. For the allottees of three bedroom flats, only 164 of the total 336 would get stilt parking facility.
Speaking to HT, CHB chairman Maninder Singh admitted that it was the result of poor planning. “Now, we are working on how to sort out the issue as it has become a major hindrance. If we conduct draw of lots, an allottee of once block may get parking space in another block, which is a awkward situation. We, though, are hopeful of coming out with a solution soon,” he said.
Speaking to HT, one of the allottees, Gurtej Singh said, “If CHB doesn’t come out with a concrete solution, fights among the allottees over parking space would be a routine. Also, we fail to understand how can they forget to mark space for parking which is a prerequisite for any housing project,” he said.
As per the records, initially an area measuring 60,000 square yards was allotted to the CHB for the construction of 2,108 flats. But after the revision of the layout plan and relocation of greenbelts adjoining the UT, the CHB was left with 48,000 square yards.
PM LIKELY TO INAUGURATE THE PROJECT NEXT MONTH
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the housing project in the third week of September. Under this scheme, there will be 336 threebed room, 888 two-bed room, 564 one-bed room and 320 EWS flats. Also, in its final notice, the CHB had asked the allottees to deposit the outstanding dues by August 31, failing which proceedings for cancellation of allotment may be initiated. Those who clear their dues by the said date would be allotted flats through draw of lots on September 5.