The sitting 117 Punjab legislators and those of the previous Vidhan Sabha are set to own a ‘dream house’ in Chandigarh’s vicinity in future, courtesy a resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha earlier this year.
Minutes before the budget session of the Vidhan Sabha was to be adjourned sine die in March, a senior Congress legislator had pleaded with speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal that the Parkash Singh Badal government provide land to set up a housing society of legislators in Greater Mohali Authority Development Area (GMADA). The tactful resolution was passed by the legislators from both ruling and opposition benches.
Now, the GMADA has given the final shape to the contours of the Vidhan Sabha resolution after deliberations at the top political level. Shortly, the land for what could be a high-end housing society is likely to be allotted in New Chandigarh area, highly placed officials said.
While debating their “housing woes” in the assembly, the legislators had urged the speaker that the government should be asked to provide land on concessional rates. In line with the spirit of the unanimously passed resolution, the government has decided that the legislators of the previous Vidhan Sabha will also be eligible for the housing scheme. Majority of the sitting MLAs’ argument has been that they don’t own house in or around Chandigarh.
“All necessary approvals have been taken and the housing policy for the legislators will be floated shortly,” a senior government official said.
Housing for employees
Meanwhile, Punjab government employees, including those on the verge of retirement, who don’t own a flat or plot in an urban area, need not despair. The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will shortly launch a scheme to construct flats in certain urban areas of the state, exclusively for government employees.
Sources say that under this soon-to-be floated policy, the PUDA will construct flats in various key urban belts of the state. One of the major riders of the housing scheme, sources say, is in case an employee or his spouse owns a flat or plot at a place where houses under this policy will be set up, such employees will not be eligible. Also, the employees posted in SAS Nagar district will be ineligible if they own a flat/plot in Chandigarh, Panchkula or New Chandigarh.
“The objective is to help government employees who are nearing retirement and don’t have a flat own a house. Under the scheme, the flat cannot be sold till five years of allotment,” an officer privy to the scheme said.