Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) executive engineer Sunil Malik has accused suspended board chief engineer Sunil Kumar of not obtaining the mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department before giving the possession of flats at the housing society in Sector 63.
On December 20 last year, HT had highlighted how, putting the lives of more than 2,100 flat owners of the society at risk, the board had given the possession to the allottees without obtaining the mandatory NOC. As per the norms, the NOC is mandatory before giving the possession of flats. It was in January that the CHB had obtained the certificate from the MC’s fire wing.
After the HT report, board chairman Maninder Singh had marked an inquiry. In the report, Malik stated that it was in Kumar’s knowledge that the fire fighting work was yet to be completed, but still flats were allotted. Kumar was responsible for the lapse as he failed to inform the higher authorities in time, added the report.
Board chairman Maninder Singh admitted Kumar had failed to inform the higher authorities in time. “It’s a serious issue, and will be taken up in the coming board meeting.”
On the other hand, MC fire officer Madan Lal Sharma said, “Possession can’t be given without getting the NOC from the fire department. Also, it is mandatory to get the NOC before possession in case of structures above 15 metres height. In this case, the buildings are 20m high.”
HT had report that the work regarding solar water heating and fire fighting systems was incomplete before the allottes were given the possession. The solar water heating system was not as per specifications, as at some places, ball valves without the ISI mark were used. The lifts were also non-functional.
The buildings are yet to be given the final coat of paint, and repair work is yet to be done at several spots.
The CHB had launched the scheme in 2008 and constructed 2,108 flats of which 336 are in three-bedroom category, 888 in two-bedroom category and 564 are one-bedroom sets. Besides, there were 320 EWS (economic weaker section) flats. In the past three months, most of the allottees have got the possession of the flats.