UT chief architect objects to allowing grilles in CHB units

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2016 12:12 IST
UT chief architect Kapil Setia states the decision would serve as a precedent for private group housing societies in the southern sectors where the floor area ratio have already been exhausted. (HT Photo)

Even as the Chandigarh Housing Board ( CHB) on Tuesday allowed installation of grilles in balconies and verandahs to dwellers, UT chief architect Kapil Setia objected to the idea saying it will have wide ramification and will adversely impact the urban design of the group housing units.

In a letter to the Chandigarh Housing Board, Setia said allowing grilles in the CHB dwellings units under need-based changes would promote the tendency to cover the balconies to use them as rooms at the cost of light and ventilation, thereby affecting the urban design.

The letter further stated it would serve as precedent for private group housing societies in southern sectors where floor area ratio (FAR) had already been exhausted.

However, the Chandigarh Housing Board members said that allowing grilles to other categories was taken on numerous requests/representations and persistent demands from the residents’ welfare associations of general housing schemes and other special category schemes for permission to install grille in the balconies/verandahs for safety and security in the dwelling units.


The CHB has decided to charge Rs 1 lakh extra in addition to the transfer fee and other charges for the transfer cases while waiving the lock-in period for the sale or transfer of flats for leasehold properties for the Sector 63 housing society.

For instance, if a person has transfer a two bedroom flat in Sector 63, he will have pay Rs 6 lakh, including Rs 5 lakh as the transfer fee and Rs 1 lakh for the transfer of lease right.

The Chandigarh Housing Board charges 15% of cost of the flat and 3% of lease right money, which goes to the UT administration.

Though in June last year, the CHB removed the clause for the sale or transfer of only freehold properties in other units, but the Sector 63 housing society, being leasehold property, was left out.

Earlier, as per the allotment rules, flats could be sold after a lock-in period of five years from the date of physical possession of the property.

At present, most of the allottees in Sector 63 have sold their flats on general power of attorney.

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