Chandigarh

Chandigarh to begin conversion of houses to freehold

July 16, 2017 04:46 PM

People Can't Be Deprived Of Right: MoUD

Chandigarh: Coming to the rescue of city residents, the ministry of urban development (MoUD) has asked the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to direct the UT administration to allow conversion of leasehold properties into freehold. Conversion of plots from leasehold to freehold was banned since 2013. There are around 52,000 properties, residential and commercial, allotted on leasehold basis by the administration.

The ministry has acted after local MP Kirron Kher took up the issue, one of her poll promises. The residents and businessmen of the city have been pressing the administration for lifting the embargo imposed by then UT administrator Shivraj Patil.

Taking serious note of the ban, the ministry of urban development in a strong worded letter to the MHA has said that the residents of Chandigarh cannot be deprived of their right to get their properties converted. The ministry has asked the MHA to direct the administration to fix the conversion rates at the earliest.

The ministry has acted after local MP Kirron Kher took up the issue, one of her poll promises. The residents and businessmen of the city have been pressing the administration for lifting the embargo imposed by then UT administrator Shivraj Patil.

The administration has been turning down the demand with a contention that these properties have been leased for 99 years and that there is no reason for allowing it. On a complaint lodged by Industries As sociation of Chandigarh, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had asked UT administrator V P Singh Badnore to act on the long-pending demands of city industrialists. According to records, there are around 2,000 leasehold plots. The administration had set up phases I and II of the Industrial Area on land measuring 147 acres. Both the phases were allotted by the administration between 1973 and 1982.

After dragging its feet for over three years, the administration in January approved rates for conversion of leasehold residential properties to freehold. The new rates have been sent to MHA for approval.Once approved, owners of around 50,000 leasehold residential properties of different sizes in the city will become sole owners of the houses.

City-based industrialist Pankaj Khanna said, “It will be a great relief for city residents raising this issue for past couple of years.“ Arun Mahajan, another industrialist, said the MHA should ensure that the conversion rates fixed are reasonable.

 

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