Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 6
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to implement the paying guest (PG) policy of the UT Administration pertaining to independent houses.
Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB, said the decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors here today. However, approval of the UT Administration would be obtained before implementing the policy, he added.
The CHB had prepared a draft policy to allow PG accommodations in independent residential houses allotted by the board on the pattern of the policy of the Estate Office, UT.
The move was initiated to discourage unauthorised PG accommodations in the city after three girl students died in a fire that broke out inside a congested PG accommodation in Sector 32-D on February 22 this year.
At present, PG accommodation is not allowed in the dwelling units of the CHB.
Key features of the policy
- House owner/lessee or member(s) of his/her family should be residing in the house
- Minimum usable area for a PG shall be 50 sq ft with provision of toilet
- A register shall be maintained as a permanent record of the PGs
- The facility will be permitted only in properties sanctioned as per building bylaws and wherein no unauthorised construction has taken place
- The owner/lessee will display the available and occupied accommodation, along with the tariff
- NOC from the UT Chief Fire Officer is mandatory
CHB to rework Sector 53 scheme
The CHB is planning to modify its costliest General Self-Financing Housing Scheme in Sector 53. Even after slashing the prices twice, the CHB had failed to get a good response to the scheme, as it had received only 178 applications for 492 flats of various categories. Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB, said, “The proposed housing scheme in Sector 53 needs to be reworked. The matter will be taken up with the UT Administration again for increase in the density and FAR so that more flats with better specifications can be constructed.” Thereafter, the revised scheme might be brought before the Board of Directors for consideration, he added.
No transfer fee if sale deed is registered
The transfer charges at 15 per cent of the consideration amount and stamp duty will not be applicable in cases where a freehold CHB dwelling unit is transferred through a registered sale deed.
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