With a view to keeping tabs on building bylaws violations, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has gone on an offensive by speeding up its process issuing cancellation and resumption notices to the owners of residential properties for the same.
Much to the shock of allottees, the board served notices to more than 500 owners of residential properties in the past one week and several more dwellers are in process of getting such notices.
Even as the residents strongly opposed the move, CHB secretary Mandeep Kaur said the board would now frequently serve resumption notices to residential properties having several violations. All those who have been served notices so far are the ones with glaring building violations.
“They raised structure within the allotted area in a way that buildings developed cracks, posing threat to life. In this situation, we can’t sit and wait for a tragedy to happen,” Kaur said.
“So far, we are not touching properties having minor violations but taking on the buildings with glaring violations,” she added.
On the residents’ view that the board has no powers to resume buildings in case of structure violations, Mandeep Kaur said the board was very a competent authority to do this under section 8 of the provisions of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, and other acts as applicable from time to time.
As per the notices served, the allottees were given three opportunities of hearing before the board, failing which their property would be resumed. On the other hand, residents are up in the arms against the board.
Rajat Malhotra, press secretary, Chandigarh Housing Board Residents Federation, said, “If the CHB resumes the buildings, all allottees will hit the streets against it. As per the SC guidelines, the cancellation notices can also be given in the rarest of rare cases. But here the housing board is serving us cancellation notices against need-based changes made by the allottees, which should not be considered building bylaw violations.”
“We demand the board must frame its need-based change policy which should be public friendly. Then, it can start drive against the violators,” he said.
Over the period, the families have grown, thereby any construction made within the allotted area needs to be regularised, and it should not be termed as violation/encroachment, he further said.