The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA)’s much-awaited housing scheme for Punjab government employees has failed to find many takers, with only 400 people applying for 2,000 flats.
The scheme, Multi- storeyed Flats for Punjab Government Employees at Sectors 66-67 and Sector 11, Eco City, Mullanpur (New Chandigarh) in SAS Nagar, was launched in October 2016, considering the employees’ long-pending demand for housing. GMADA had sold nearly 6,000 forms for the scheme. But many feel that had GMADA offered plots it would have attracted more buyers.
Baljinder Singh Billa, president, Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) Employees Union, SAS Nagar, said, “The scheme was floated at a time when there was too much uncertainty since elections were approaching. The rates were high and there was no clarity as till when these flats will finally come up. GMADA offered flats in multi-storeyed towers.”
AGENCY ISSUES ALLOTMENT LETTERS
Despite less number of applications, GMADA is going ahead with the scheme and is issuing allotment letters. It will issue letters of intent (LoIs) to allottees by the first week of March.
“Now we will construct 400 flats. Earlier, we had planned to construct flats at two sites but now we will carry out construction at one site only depending on the applicants’ preference,” said, Varun Roojam, chief administrator, GMADA.
MORE APPLICATIONS FOR FLATS IN SEC 66-67
GMADA has received more applications for flats in Sectors 66 and 67 than the proposed project in Mullanpur due to their proximity to the international airport. Of 400 applications, GMADA has received 308 applications for flats to be constructed in Sectors 66 and 67.