Fate of Sector-53 general housing scheme to be decided by Chandigarh Housing Board on August 6
The final decision on the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) general housing scheme, Sector 53—whether to scrap it or float a revised scheme—will be taken at the board of directors’ meeting scheduled for August 6.
The development comes after the UT urban planning department rejected the board’s request for allowing an increased floor area ratio (FAR) in the scheme. With CHB struggling to attract buyers owing to high pricing, the board had hoped that the increased FAR would help reduce the price. Twice had the CHB proposed to the urban planning department to increase the FAR.
The department, however, had contended that increasing the FAR for CHB’s general housing scheme could set a bad precedent for other housing schemes. Also, increasing the FAR at such a late stage when all the approvals for the project had been finalised would waste all the earlier work, the department added.
Due to a poor response from the public, the CHB in March this year had decided to refund the processing fee of all applicants and planned the scheme afresh in order to make it more attractive.
Only 178 applications were received against the 492 flats on offer in March this year. The scheme offered 3HK flats for as high as ₹1.8 crore, 2BHK flats for ₹1.5 crore and 1BHK flats for ₹95 lakh. The CHB had slashed the proposed rates by 15% to attract more buyers but it did not work.
There is a code laid down for the proper disposal of the Indian national flag, one which many people are not aware of. The national flag is a symbol of pride and its dignity should be maintained even while disposing of it, Lucknow Municipal Corporation officials said. When the national flag is damaged, it must be destroyed in whole, in private. Flags made of paper must also be discarded privately with due dignity.
There is a lot of behind-the-scenes enablement by the government and private organisations that has led to this change. Television broadcasters across the board have really pulled up their socks and are now in the habit of having a splendid combination of sportspersons (young and experienced) leading if not anchoring the reporting, analysis and commentary - the result is gripping television. Today's column is about sports culture at the grassroots, and especially in Pune.
The cybercrime unit of the UP police on Friday shared an advisory and helpline number to report sextortion via Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms. Cybercrime superintendent of police, Triveni Singh said social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, matrimonial sites and adult sites have been used in recent times in sextortion or honey trap attempts. Do's and Don'ts - Don't accept unknown friend requests on Facebook and other social media sites. Don't accept video calls from unknown numbers.
Mumbai: Two incidents of robberies were reported in two churches in Mumbai this week. St Anne's Church at Nesbit Road in Mazgaon was robbed of cash and offerings on August 9, while another theft was reported at St Joseph's Church in Vikhroli on August 7. So far, the police has not filed any FIRs on the incident. Barret also said that the donations made for the poor were stolen.
Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda on Friday announced the appointment of Bandra MLA Ashish Shelar as the party's Mumbai unit chief. OBC leader Chandrashekar Bawankule was named the head of the Maharashtra BJP. Party national general secretary Arun Singh issued a letter from Delhi to announce the appointments. Shelar is second term MLA from Bandra and had a short stint as school education and sports minister in the Fadnavis government in 2019.