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Posted at: May 20, 2017, 1:35 AM; last updated: May 20, 2017, 1:35 AM (IST)

CHB’s fee concession for women, elderly

Move aims at empowering women, encouraging people to register properties in their name

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to give concession in the transfer fee to women and senior citizens. Sources said the proposal was discussed at the board’s meeting today. The members have suggested to bring a detailed proposal for fixing the concession fee at the next meeting. It will also be mentioned in the citizen charter. Under the proposal, the concession in the transfer fee has been proposed for various categories of the CHB flats. An official of the CHB said the move was a crucial step towards economic empowerment of women as the decision would encourage people to register properties in the name of women. The CHB has constructed more than 60,000 houses in different sectors over a period of time. It has also been constructing flats under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme-2006. Under the project, as many as 25,728 flats are being constructed for slum dwellers.

CHB to change layout plan of Sector 51 scheme

In order to start the construction of flats in Sector 51, the CHB has decided to change the layout plan of the scheme. The board had earmarked land measuring 4.48 acres in Sector 51 for the project, but due to encroachments, the work could not be started. Sources said now the board had decided to prepare an alternative plan under which the layout would be changed and construction of all 200 flats would be started in one go. The board has also decided to allow private construction firms to participate in the tendering process of the scheme. The CHB launched the 200-flat scheme in April 2016, but the construction has not been started so far due to various reasons. The allottees paid more than 70 lakh for the flats.

Board rejects consultant for housing projects

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has rejected the proposal to appoint a consultant to prepare the feasibility report for the upcoming housing projects in the nearby areas. Sources said members of the board have suggested to form a committee to decide on the proposals received from farmers. The board is planning to construct the houses in Kandaghat, Mullanpur and nearby areas of the city. The board has invited an expression of interest from owners to offer land for launching the scheme under the public-private-partnership mode. This is the first time that the CHB is going outside Chandigarh.

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