Sector-63 scheme: CHB puts 2,100 flat owners in line of fire

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2015 11:35 IST
At its Sector 63 housing scheme, the CHB has installed solar panels close to the rooftop edge in violation of the norms. (HT Photo)

Putting lives of more than 2,100 flat owners of Sector-63 housing society to risk, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has given possession to the allottees without obtaining the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from fire department. As per norms, NOC from the fire department is a must before giving possession.

Even three months after inauguration of the project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, solar water heating and fire-fighting systems are yet not in place.

Also, the electrical department of CHB has installed solar water heating system close to the rooftop edge, whereas, as per norms, a distance of three metres from the edge should be clear. Though the CHB got this norm relaxed to 1 metre, but the department didn’t leave even that much space.

Chairman of the board, Maninder Singh, said, “It is a serious issue and I will mark an inquiry on Monday.

Action against the guilty will be initiated accordingly.”

Executive engineer of electrical department Sunil Malik said he was busy and refused to comment on the issue.

On other hand, fire officer of MC Madan Lal Sharma said, “They cannot give possession to the allottees without the NOC from fire department. Also, it is mandatory for buildings

more than 15 metres in height to have NOC before occupation. In this case, the building is about 20 metres.”

The HT team visited the site on Sunday and found the solar water heating and fire fighting systems incomplete. The

solar water heating system was not as per specifications as, at some places, ball valves without ISI mark were used. Also, the lifts have not been made functional yet.

Regarding the civil work, the building is yet to get the final coat of paint and repairs are required at many spots.

Rajneesh Anand, president, Residents’ Welfare Association of the three-bedroom flat category, said, “Not obtaining the NOC from the fire department is a serious issue. Also why no penalty has been imposed on the contractor who was supposed to complete the work 18 months back,” he questioned.

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 two months, most of the alottees have got the possession of the flats.

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