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Unsuccessful UT applicants write to union home minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 29, 2014
First Published: 08:55 IST(29/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:56 IST(29/6/2014)

Committee of Un-successful Applicants of UT Employees Housing Scheme-2008 wrote letter to union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to seek his intervention in employees housing scheme in UT.

The committee members saidT the Chandigarh administration was making excuses on flimsy ground that their request of house under this scheme could not be accepted because of scarcity of land in Chandigarh.

It is despite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana high court had asked the UT to consider their claim for house under the current scheme within three months. The committee said four and half sq km of land (approx) was available with the administration and almost equal to four new sectors could easily be carved out in the available land. In past 15 years, approximately, 500 acre of land was vacated by demolishing the illegal colonies in Chandigarh. The status of total 150-250 acres of land, planned for housing, in Manimajra, is still unknown. The land is with the MC.

“In Chandigarh itself, about 500600 acre of land is provided by the administration to shelter slum dwellers by constructing around 14,000 flats/plots as a welfare scheme to them. But despite the fact that it is a self-financed scheme, and UT employees are ready to pay for the land and construction charges, the UT administration was not taking any action in this regard, stated the letter. President of the committee, Raj Kumar Batish said for implementing the UT employee scheme 2008, only chunk of land measuring 168 acres (approx) was required. But it is beyond to understand that why the administration is not considering the demand of UT employees residing in government house as tenants and have no house in the tricity, he said.

Sectors 7, 19, 22, 23, 20, 27, 28, 24 etc. in Chandigarh have single-storey government house and have huge courtyards. Over 15 storey flats could be constructed to fulfill the need of house by rising Floor Area Ratio.

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