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Take a call on 3,900 unsuccessful applicants in 3 months: HC to admn

Taking up a petition filed by unsuccessful applicants of 'UT Employees Self Financing Housing Scheme-2008', the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Chandigarh administration and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to consider the claim of 3,882 unsuccessful applicants of the scheme within three months.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 05, 2014 00:55 IST
HT Correspondent

Taking up a petition filed by unsuccessful applicants of 'UT Employees Self Financing Housing Scheme-2008', the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Chandigarh administration and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to consider the claim of 3,882 unsuccessful applicants of the scheme within three months. The directions came from the division bench headed by justice Surya Kant while hearing a petition filed by Kamal Deep Sehra and 411 other unsuccessful candidates.


The petitioners had approached the high court seeking directions to provide/construct the dwelling units under the 2008-scheme on leasehold basis for 99 years for Chandigarh administration employees. The court was informed that the scheme was formulated keeping in mind the need of the employees having no house in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula.

The Scheme
The scheme was launched in January 2008 and the draw of lots was conducted in November 2010. Of the total number of applicants, 3,930 were declared successful leaving 3,882 unsuccessful. Initially, when the scheme was formulated, land worth 28 acres and 17.5 acres was earmarked in Sectors 52 and 56, respectively. However, later to meet the demand of houses, land measuring 11.79 acres and 16 acres was earmarked in Sectors 53 and 56, respectively. Later, the height of the buildings was increased from four to six storeys. The demand of the unsuccessful applicants was found genuine by Chandigarh's joint secretary of finance department that was followed by recommendations of the CHB chairman for providing land for unsuccessful employees in Sectors 53, 54 and 55. The adviser to the UT administrator had also given his concurrence.

Later the CHB, in August 2013, made a request to the Punjab government and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for providing land to the UT employees. However, till date no final decision has been taken by the Chandigarh administration on the demands of the unsuccessful applicants, the petitioners had informed.