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32,000 licencees of one-room CHB flats to get ownership rights

In what will come as a huge relief to 32,000 families staying in one-room tenements on rent in various colonies, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to give them ownership rights with the final approval to be given in a board meeting scheduled in the last week of September. At current rates, each flat is valued at Rs 9 lakh.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2016 13:02 IST
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Confirming the news, board chairman Maninder Singh said,”We have decided to give them ownership rights. The board will not charge for giving the rights, but they will pay the installment as per the norm.” (HT File )

In what will come as a huge relief to 32,000 families staying in one-room tenements on rent in various colonies, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to give them ownership rights with the final approval to be given in a board meeting scheduled in the last week of September. At current rates, each flat is valued at Rs 9 lakh.

Confirming the news, board chairman Maninder Singh said,”We have decided to give them ownership rights. The board will not charge for giving the rights, but they will pay the installment as per the norm.”

The houses were allotted on licence fee under two schemes floated in 1979 and 2006. The rent ranges between Rs 100 and Rs 800 per month.

“Now, slum dwellers can get their house registered in their own name and then can, further, also avail loans from banks,” the chairman added.

Present ‘owners’ to benefit

On being asked that a large number of the original allottees of these tenements in these area had sold these units for a small profit, Singh said that we will give the ownership rights only to present ‘owners’.

“Some of the allottees who were given the house in the late 70s were to pay the licence fee for 20 years and that period was now over,” the chairman said.

Another senior officer of board said that some residents had added more floors without seeking permission and indulged in certain other building bylaw violations.

“We are conducting a survey and will issue notices in October. If they do not remove the violations, their allotment will be cancelled,” said the official.