The UT administration has objected to the June 10 decision of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to allow 5,000 allottees of houses in the city to cover 70% of the plot area on each floor of the property.
The UT’s stand means allottees of CHB houses in Sectors 40, 41 and from 43-47 cannot cover more than 60% area — the previous limit for the ground floor.
For the first floor, 40% covered area is allowed and it is 20% for the second floor.
“Allowing more covered area is not part of the Master Plan for the city,” said UT chief administrator urban planning Sarvjit Singh in his letter to the CHB on the issue. Singh is also UT finance secretary.
A senior official told HT that allowing more covered area will spoil the city’s architectural outlook. He added that the pressure on the city’s essential services like sewerage, water and power.
Board chairman Maninder Singh, though, has said that he will take up the issue with the administration and get permission for the new covered area limits.
While taking the decision to allow more covered area, the board had even decided that the allottees will pay Rs 200 per square feet for covering additional area without prior approval, subject to minimum of Rs 20,000.
In March this year, there were arguments between the CHB and representatives of the UT administration on allowing grills in balconies/courtyards in all categories and rehabilitation colonies. But the proposal went through.
“Allowing more covered area is not part of the Master Plan for the city,” Sarvjit Singh, chief administrator urban planning, said.
“I will take up the issue with the administration and get permission for the new covered area limits,” Maninder Singh, CHB chairperson, said.
PROs cannot reject applications
To ensure that there is no harassment of people while submitting their application forms for transfer of properties, deposit of fees, submission of other documents etc, the CHB has ordered that its Public Relations Officers (PROs) shall accept these documents after a preliminary examination. They would not reject incomplete documents, but issue a receipt mentioning the documents missing from the file. The branch concerned will now deal with the application and take a view on the completeness of the application and documents submitted.