Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chandigarh Housing Board to construct 128 two-bedroom flats in Sector 51

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on Tuesday decided to construct 128 two-bedroom flats in Sector 51, announcing a housing scheme after a gap of eight years.

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting that saw the administration give approval to the project. The chief architect was given the nod to design the flats that would comprise a dinning room, two bedrooms, balconies, kitchen, store, dress space and two toilets. One flat was likely to cost Rs 68 lakh. It was not yet clear whether the board would hold a draw of lots or an auction, but any person could make a bid to buy the dwelling. The only condition being that he should not own property in the Tricity.

Officials claimed the construction of flats would start soon after acquiring the approval for layout and design from the department of urban planning. "The proposed houses would be on the pattern of stilts+4 flats and have all modern facilities," a CHB press release stated. According to initial planning, lifts were also proposed. The board was also considering to construct parking lots.

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CHB: 18 Flats' Auction

18 Flats' Auction

About 18 CHB flats in Sector 63 that the allottees had surrendered would be auctioned in the next two months. The flats were of three-bedroom, two-bedroom, one-bedroom and EWS category.

The board officials said reserve prices were likely to be Rs 79.95 lakh for three-bedroom flats, Rs 59.95 lakh for two-bedroom, Rs 39.95 lakh for one-bedroom and Rs 19.95 lakh for flats under the EWS category. The flats were constructed under the General Housing Flat Scheme in 2008. The board would hand over their possession immediately after the auction.

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Committee to rationalize collector rates throughout Panjab

It has been decided to rationalize collector rates throughout the state and a high level committee comprising financial commissioner revenue and principal secretary finance had been constituted under the chairmanship of chief secretary for this purpose. The committee would submit its report to the council of ministers for a final decision.

A number of allottees have availed a golden opportunity provided to them to get their immoveable properties (plots/houses etc) allotted by the government or a public sector undertaking or local bodies registered through conveyance deeds at rates mentioned in their allotment letters. Allottees were required to get conveyance deeds executed on collector rate which was linked to present market rate of property and this decision had benefitted a large number of allottees.

Punjab government on Monday waived off the entire registration fee charged for sale and transfer of property among spouses and blood relations in urban and rural areas with immediate effect, giving a big relief to thousands of such beneficiaries.

The decision was to encourage people to go in for legal registration of property rather than adopting ultra vires measures which only fueled family disputes.

Punjab government has brought down stamp duty on the registration of power of attorney for sale of property or transfer of possession virtually to zero as it has been slashed from the existing 2% to 0.5% and that too would be adjustable towards the payable stamp duty at the time of execution of sale deed with respect to that property. On all other powers of attorney a stamp duty of Rs 2,000 will be levied.

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Chandigarh:conversion of leasehold property into freehold

The conversion of leasehold property into freehold in the city will come at a heavy cost.

In a move affecting the owners of nearly 50,000 leasehold properties, both residential and commercial, the UT, in its note sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has proposed a land rate of Rs 1 lakh per sq metre against the old rate of Rs 1,710 per sq metre for calculating the conversion fee for sites measuring 50 sq metres to 500 sq metres.

Seeking that the case be taken up on priority, the UT has pointed out that a delay in taking a decision was creating legal complications for it.

Last time, the land rates for calculating the conversion fee had been fixed at Rs 1,710 per sq yard on the orders of the Ministry of Urban Affairs in June 1996.

Accordingly, the UT had farmed the “The Chandigarh Conversion of Residential Leasehold Land Tenure into Freehold Land Tenure Rules, 1996”.

The leasehold properties include 35,000 Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, 2,000 commercial properties, 4,500 residential properties which come under the Estate Office and the CHB flats being constructed in Sector 63. This does not include 50 per cent of the total industrial plots in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II.

Earlier, former UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, while turning down the proposal to convert leasehold residential and commercial properties into freehold, had asked the UT to send the case to the MHA.

A senior UT official said ever since the conversion had been put on hold in June 2013, there had been a rise in legal cases.

In the communication sent to the MHA, a reference to three court cases has been made in which the lessees had either moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court or the consumer court seeking relief for conversion.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tepid Response to Ecocity II in Mullanpur

Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Eco City, Phase II, at New Chandigarh (Mullanpur), has received a tepid response.

It is perhaps for the first time that the authorities have given the application forms, worth Rs 100 each, to nearly 400 employees of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and GMADA free of cost.

Only 1,350 application forms have been sold for 334 plots.

Recession and overpricing are being cited as the reasons behind the lukewarm response.

“Plots in the area are being offered at much lesser rates by farmers, who have opted for the land-pooling scheme under the project,” plots of sizes 100 yards and 150 yards, the rates of all other plots were lesser than that fixed by GMADA. “Against the GMADA rate of Rs 21,000 per sq yard for a 200 sq yard plot, farmers, who got plots under the land-pooling scheme during land acquisition, are offering it at Rs 19,000 per sq yard. Similarly, for a 300 sq yard plot, GMADA has set Rs 21,000 per sq yard whereas the market rate is Rs 16,500,”

The market rate of 400 sq yard and 500 sq yard plots was much less than that fixed by GMADA, “Against the GMADA rate of Rs 23,000 per sq yard, the market rate is Rs 15,000 per sq yard,”

Among the land owners, 42 per cent have opted for the land-pooling scheme under the project, worth Rs 600 crore. Under the scheme, the land owner gets residential plots of different sizes up to 1,000 sq yard and one commercial plot of 100 sq yard against each acre of land acquired by the government. The scheme was opened on March 9 and will close on April 30. The draw of lots will take place on June 5.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grand Plan of Mullanpur/New Chandiagrh


(Tentative cost: 1750 crores)

A 200’ wide road, 8 km long road is being constructed from New Chandigarh/UT boundary to ‘T’ junction of Kurali-Siswan road at the cost of Rs. 230 crores (including land cost). This road will act as major link between UT, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. At present it has 6 lanes, with two service roads of 22.5 feet width being constructed on both sides of the main carriageway. The central verge of the Road has been kept as 14 feet to accommodate one more lane on each carriage way in future.GMADA has also proposed to construct 2 additional vertical roads in New Chandigarh Local Planning Area. These roads will provide major link with PR-4 road to New Chandigarh road (from New Chandigarh UT barrier up to Kurali-Siswan “T” junction). These 60 m wide roads will have a cross section of dual carriageway of 14 m each with two service lanes of 7.5 m each. The approximate cost of construction for these roads will be Rs. 240 Crores.The Proposed road PR 4 from UT boundary passing through village Togan upto Kurali Siswan road (near village Boothgarh) is 60 m wide having a length of 15 K.M. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.550 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition has been started.The proposed road from village Slamatpur to Punjab U.T boundary is 60 m wide having a length of 9 km. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.325 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition for construction of road has been started.

The proposed road PR 6 from New Chandigarh (8 lanes) to village Manana is 60 m wide having a length 10 km. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.375 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition has been started. Approximately 3.50 km road out of this 10 km road is being constructed by OMAXE infrastructure limited and work is in progress.

WATER SUPPLY (Tentative cost: Rs.400 crores)

Out of 80 MGD canal water likely to be received at Jandpur against Kajauli Scheme, 20 MGD raw canal water has been earmarked, to meet the requirement of New Chandigarh up-to next 25 years An independent 20 MGD capacity Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is proposed to be installed exclusively for New Chandigarh. However, keeping in view the present demand of only 5 MGD water for this region, about 9 km long 900 mm dia MS Pipe is proposed to be laid from Jandpur up to main Water Works at Eco-park before July 2014 and from this place water shall be distributed to five secondary water works proposed for different regions and there after distributed through pipe network.SEWERAGE SYSTEM (Tentative cost: Rs.160 crores)Independent sewerage system including installation of an independent 62 mld capacity main Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) exclusively for New Chandigarh has been proposed and the treated sewage water shall be used for watering of plants & green areas.

STORM WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM (Tentative cost: Rs.180 crores)

Independent storm water drainage system comprising RCC pipes, road gullies etc. for carrying the rain water up to two natural choe’s namely Jayanti Devi & Patiala Ki Rao passing through this region including creation of Water bodies & Rain Harvesting System has been proposed for New Chandigarh.


(Tentative cost: Rs.300 crores)The load projections for New Chandigarh for the next 25 years have been taken as 400MW. To supply power to New Chandigarh & to cater these load requirements, two number 220 KV grid sub stations shall be required. These sub stations shall be provided with 2x100MVA power transformers at each place with a future provision of addition of one more 100 MVA transformer. One of the existing 66 KV sub stations at Majra is being upgraded to 220 KV sub stations and in future another 220KV sub stations shall be established near village Thaska. These sub stations shall be supplied power from 220KV lines Rajpura and Morinda. Regarding distribution of power, nine new 66 KV Sub-stations have been proposed exclusively for New Chandigarh in addition to up gradation of two existing Sub-stations at Majra and Mullanpur Garib Dass by providing additional power transformers. 66 KV cable ring main system of approx. 100 circuit km. is proposed to be laid in New Chandigarh to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the town

of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar/ New Chandigarh is on fast track these days.


After survey of the Tri city a detailed draft report on the Metro Rail Project Public transport for the convenience of general public of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar has been submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (D.M.R.C.) to U.T Administration, Punjab and Haryana State Govt.

The Total Length of the Metro Rail is 37.573 km. Total Project cost is Rs. 10,900 Crores. Two separate corridors will be developed under this project. The first corridor will be from the Capital Complex Chandigarh upto the Gurduwara Singh Shahidan, Sector 70, S.A.S. Nagar and the total length of this Corridor shall be 12.497 km (4.427 km above ground and 8.070 km underground). The second corridor will be from New Chandigarh (in Punjab portion) upto the Grain Market, Panchkula (Haryana) and the total length of this corridor shall be 25.076 km (19.041 km above ground and 6.035 km underground). In the first corridor, length of Metro Rail in Punjab will be 3.927 km above ground and in the second corridor it will be 3.878 km above Ground

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Mullanpur Has Holiday Inn

Omaxe Limited, a leading real estate company having diversified projects in nine states and 30 cities and one of world’s largest hotel companies, the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) have joined hands to bring to the city of New Chandigarh (formerly Mullanpur), a five star hotel “Holiday Inn”.

Officials at Omaxe told here today that the company will undertake the construction of the hotel which will be managed by IHG. The coming up of Holiday Inn would be a step forward towards creation of a commercial hub in Omaxe New Chandigarh that will house retail spaces–International Trade Tower and India Trade Tower, alongside the hotel.

Omaxe will invest close to Rs 200 crores in building this luxurious Hotel that will cater to corporates and the local elite, including tourists. The office and retail spaces in the vicinity have been attracting reputed companies from sectors like IT, BFSI, Retail etc in the national and international arena.

New Chandigarh, spread across approx. 700 acres, is an integrated township in New Chandigarh. With offerings like plots, independent floors, villas, proposed group housing, office and retail spaces, hotels etc.; the township with its greenery, clean environment and proposed creation of schools, colleges, hospitals etc will emerge as a world-class city. New Chandigarh in itself is emerging as a hot-spot destination with Medicity, Education city, Metro Rail, Cricket Stadium etc proposed in New Chandigarh.

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New Chandigarh put on fast track by the Dy CM

The New Chandigarh, envisioned by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the Mullanpur area, was put on fast track of completion with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal approving its comprehensive conceptual plan prepared by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

Presiding over a high level meeting, Sukhbir Singh Badal said that he was planning to make New Chandigarh one of the best planned cities with ultra modern infrastructure to enable it to face the challenges of 21st century, making it a economic hub of South East Asia. Deputy Chief Minister said that this new city planned an area of 15272.5 acres in the foothills of Shivaliks, would have Eco-City, Medi-City, Education-City and mega projects that would propel the development of the state to the next orbit.

Asking GMADA to expedite the acquisition of land for Education City, Eco-City and Medi-City, Sukhbir said that road and allied infrastructure for these projects have to be completed by December 2013.

Giving the details about Edu-City, the Deputy CM said that reputed international universities and institutes in the area of hospital administration, management courses, computer science and engineering branches, biotechnology, multimedia, pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality, industrial design, media and mass communication were evincing great interest to setup their institutes in the proposed education city. Deputy CM said that after seeking their expression of interest, a short listing process would begin and land would be allotted to them after completion of road infrastructure.

Approving Rs. 1278 crore for the infrastructure of proposed town, Sukhbir said that Rs. 660 crore has been sanctioned for Road Infrastructure and he would not accept anything below world class infrastructure technology in the building of road network. He asked Secretary PWD P.S. Aujla to ensure all junctions improvisations with National Highways should be according to international specifications.

The Deputy Chief Minister also approved Rs. 12 crore for installation of 10 MGD capacity water treatment plants, Rs. 262 crore for water supply, sewerage and storm water and drainage water, Rs. 40 crore for 62 MLD sewerage treatment plant and Rs. 300 crore for 220KV and 66KV substation, electrification, street lightning and laying of 66KV underground cable.

Approving the eco-city plan, Sukhbir said that this world class city to be developed on a piece of 400 acres land would have planned development of 3109 plots. He was informed that construction of 40’,80’ and 120’ roads including public health , electrical and horticulture work at the cost of Rs. 151 crore would be completed by January 2014.

Asking GMADA to expedite completion of 200 feet Mullanpur Road from UT boundary to T junction Siswan Road, the Deputy CM asked PWD to begin the process for declaring it a National Highway. It was also informed that this road would be completed by March 31, 2014 and its service roads and two service lanes would be completed by May 2014.

Reiterating his resolve to make a best planned city, Sukhbir said that two 66KV grid sub stations at Mullanpur Garibdass and Majra, 9 proposed grid sub-stations in Chandigarh and two 220 KV grid sub stations at Majra and Thaska with a combined capacity of 400 MVA should have international specifications.

Asking the tourism department to put up eco-tourism plan for the green belts of New Chandigarh area, Sukhbir said that Shivaliks, its virgin forests and scenic beauty coupled with serenity of Siswan Dam Lake offer a huge tourism potential for adventure and eco-friendly tourists.

Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included A Venu Prasad, Secretary Urban Development, Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Chief Administrator, PUDA, Manjit Singh Brar, Additional Chief Administrator GMADA and officers of various departments.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Panjab Government Okays Mullanpur to be named as NEW CHANDIGARH

In a decision that is set to trigger a major controversy between Punjab and Chandigarh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday approved renaming the Local Planning Area (LPA), Mullanpur, as 'New Chandigarh' and asked the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to develop it as a world-class planned city on modern lines.

The CM was presiding over the 26th meeting of the Punjab Regional & Town Planning & Development Board. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was also present. It was decided that Mullanpur township, which adjoins Chandigarh, will be developed as a model city equipped with infrastructure and ultra-modern facilities of international standards.

The CM also gave his nod to constitute a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Advisor (Health and Medical Education) Dr K K Talwar. The committee will also have Secretary (Health), Secretary (Housing & Development), and representatives of GMADA and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB). The panel will chalk out a comprehensive plan for the development of Medicity in Mullanpur. The state-of-the-art cancer institute on the pattern of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital is already coming up in Medicity over an area of 50 acre.

Badal senior also gave his nod to form a similar committee of education experts for evolving a time-bound action plan to develop Educity as the hub of education over an area of 1,700 acre. Sukhbir directed the GMADA to amend the master plan of 'New Chandigarh' accordingly. He also gave the go-ahead to enhance the width of sectoral grid roads from 100 to 200 feet in the master plan of "New Chandigarh".

Several plans were approved for Mohali to make it emerge as the financial capital of Punjab. Among them is the construction of an amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 3,000 people in the Nature Park, Sector 62, Mohali, spread over 50 acre where theatre performances and drama shows would be held besides conducting cultural programmes, live stage performances and concerts. Laser shows on the life and philosophy of great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at the memorial at Chappar Chiri would be held.

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