CHB gets tough on building violations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2014 12:17 IST

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on Saturday hardened its stand on the issue of building violations.

The board is on a notice spree, sending least 40-50 cancelation and resumption notices every day.

So far, the board has sent over 1,000 such notices, putting residents in a tight spot.

General secretary of CHB Residents’ Federation Rajat Malhotra said despite assurances by the CHB chairman, the board had not stopped sending resumption notices to residents.

He said, “The frequency of such notices have increased manifold. It has even issued warnings to those who didn’t appear before the board on the date of hearing.”

Malhotra said such behaviour by the board was not acceptable.

He said, “We demand that the housing board first frames a need-based change policy which is public-friendly. Then, it can launch a drive against violators.”

Malhotra further said over the last few years, the number of families had grown and therefore, any construction made within allotted areas needed to be regularised and should not be termed as violation/encroachment.

He added, “If the CHB issues notices, all allottees will take to the streets in protests.”

However, CBH officials said the board would frequently serve resumption notices to residential properties having several violations.

Board officials said glaring violations affected the structures of several buildings.

As per the notices served, the allottees were given three opportunities of hearing before the board, failing which their property would be taken over by the board.

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