A delegation of Chandigarh Business Council (CBC), led by CBC president Chander Verma, met UT adviser Dharam Pal and submitted a demand charter of traders, including conversion of leasehold properties into freehold, reduction in collector rates and one-time settlement of VAT cases on Punjab pattern etc.
The Chandigarh administration had recently written to the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) for giving in-principle nod for conversion of leasehold properties into freehold in the commercial and Industrial Area, phase I and II. Thereafter, UT adviser Dharam Pal also met MHA officials and raised this demand.
In 2020, before lockdown was enforced, the matter was discussed in a meeting between UT officials and members of Industrial Advisory Committee of Chandigarh. The UT administration had last converted leasehold plots into freehold in 1983 in the commercial category. The matter was also taken up by MP Kirron Kher with the MHA.
Recently, the UT administration had conducted a survey in Industrial Area to check leasehold plots. The administration had set up Phases I and II of Industrial Area during the 1970s on an area measuring 147 acres.
The plots are governed by zoning and architectural control, which were prepared as per the conditions prevailing at that time. There are 1,884 plots in both phases, of which 700 are 1 kanal and above, while there are 443 and 180 plots measuring 10 and 15 marlas, respectively. There are as many as 381 plots of 5 marlas.
In 2019, the administration allowed Business to Business activities in industrial area and need-based changes in Industrial Area. Owners have made changes in building plans in violation of bylaws, for which they were facing misuse notices. They accused the administration of not amending the bylaws on time.