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Only 129 apply for Chandigarh housing board’s 492 flats

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has received only 129 applications under the demand survey for the city’s costliest housing scheme offering 492 flats in Sector 53.

Of these applications, the CHB received 71 for 3-BHK (bedroom-hall-kitchen), 23 for 2-BHK, eight for one BHK and 27 for EWS flats.

A senior CHB official said as the response is poor, they will decide whether to scrap the scheme or extend the demand survey date. Earlier, the deadline was November 30, which was later extended till December 31.

The board on October 25 decided to carry out the demand survey.

In July, the CHB had proposed a flat with three-bedroom, hall and kitchen (BHK) for Rs 1.85 crore, 2 BHK for Rs 1.6 crore, 1 BHK for Rs 1.15 crore and for the economically weaker section (EWS) at Rs 58 lakh, drawing a lot of criticism.

Thereafter, the housing board released new prices on October 10 and mentioned that a 3BHK (HIG) will cost Rs 1.80 crore, 2BHK (MIG) Rs 1.47 crore, 1 BHK (LIG) Rs 95 lakh and a two-room flats (EWS) Rs 50 lakh. According to market experts, the prices are still on the higher side.

A senior CHB official said they had fixed the prices after taking land rates and profit into consideration. The board plans to construct selffinancing housing scheme comprising 492 flats in different categories under which an allottee is required to make 100% payment of chargeable price before possession.

The housing board official said persons applying under the demand survey would be given preference in allotment under the scheme or category applied by him subject to their eligibility.

The decision to conduct the survey was taken to check if there was a demand for the general housing in the city or not. The CHB board of directors in July had directed officials to carry out the survey. The Sector 53 housing scheme was proposed to be made open for all.


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