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UT rejects MC move to provide basic amenities to housing groups

Hillary Victor  Chandigarh, June 09, 2014
First Published: 10:03 IST(9/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:08 IST(9/6/2014)

In a blow to more than 1 lakh people residing in 125 group-housing societies, finally after two years of municipal corporation passing the resolution to transfer societies’ land to the civic body for maintenance of basic amenities, the UT administration has rejected the move saying that MC will not maintain it as the land does not come under its purview.

On April 30, 2012, MC, in their general house meeting, approved the resolution to transfer societies’ land to MC to maintain basic amenities. The resolution was then sent to the administration for final approval. But now the UT has rejected it.

Speaking to HT, UT home secretary, Anil Kumar said, “It was wrong on the part of MC to approve such a proposal and pass resolution. MC cannot maintain the group-housing societies as it belongs to a private ownership. MC will maintain only the outer areas of the societies.” Though the area falls under MC’s ward number 22, the UT’s decision proved no beneficial for the nearly 81,000 residents who have been electing the councillors from past 16 years. In 1998 the administration handed over land to nearly 125 group-housing societies at the rate of approximately 250 per square yards and 500 per square yards as development charges and stated that it was private ownership. Later, the societies developed infrastructure, water supply, sewage system, roads, parks and sanitation, but for more than a decade, their demand of MC to take care of the maintenance work fell on deaf ears.

Deputy mayor, Davesh Moudgil, who took the issue in the House meeting held in 2012, got the resolution approved from House, but it is more than two years, nothing has been done. “If the authorities cannot do it, let them ask the residents not to vote or elect their councillors. We are surprised that when they are maintaining only the outer areas of the societies. I will raise this issue in House also as MC officers have also not taken up the issue with the UT,” he said.

He added: “It was also promised that, after five years, UT will take over the transformers of the societies, but only few have taken, while majority of them are still maintained by societies also.” On visit to several societies, the HT team found that, in Pancham Enclave in Sector 48, there is no internal roads, while in other societies heaps of garbage and water leakage on roads were found.

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