Recently, the board wrote to the UT deputy commissioner’s office, asking for the list of remaining eligibile slum dwellers from Colony no 4 for their rehabilitation. A senior CHB official said they were providing flats as and when they got the list from the DC office.
The land is currently occupied by slum-dwellers, who will be rehabilitated by the administration in Maloya under the slum-dwellers’ rehabilitation scheme. While the UT administration has already rehabilitated over 2,500 eligible beneficiaries as per UT estate office survey, 2006, around 500 persons are yet to be rehabilitated.
In a recent meeting chaired by UT adviser Dharam Pal, directions were issued to the UT deputy commissioner’s office, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and Municipal Corporation, to complete the exercise to vacate prime land of Colony no 4 and rehabilitate remaining eligible beneficiaries in Maloya.
The UT estate office and CHB have already given flats to 2,482 eligible slum-dwellers in Maloya under the slum-dwellers’ rehabilitation scheme.The colony has more than 5,000 houses. Eligible allottees will have to pay Rs 800 as licence fee every month for 20 years, after which they will pay the balance to get ownership of the flat. Sources said that the slum dwellers, whose claims were disputed, would be shifted to flats in Maloya constructed under the Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) scheme of the Centre. Allottees would be required to pay a monthly rent of Rs 3,000, which would be increased biennially by 8%. The total rental period would be maximum of 25 years.
Sources added that if the disputed cases became eligible at a later stage, the UT administration would charge a license fee of Rs 800 with retrospective date.
Construction of flats in Maloya started in June 2014 at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to hand over keys of flats to allottees in May 2019, but could not do so as the project was incomplete. It was originally meant to be completed by 2016.
CHB is the nodal body for construction of rehabilitation colonies. So far, it has built 12,736 of the 25,728 flats proposed. Of these, around 12,000 were built in Sector 38 (W), Sector 49, Dhanas, Mauli Jagran-II and Ram Darbar.
The administration rehabilitates slum-dwellers after conducting a biometric survey. Colonies resettled over the last 10 years include Colony No 5, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Mazdoor Colony.