CHB Projects/Activities

Apart from the primary contribution of CHB in providing affordable stock of housing to the residents of Chandigarh, CHB since its inception had played a pivotal role in implementing the various objectives/schemes of Chandigarh Administration, prominently amongst them being the project of Slum Rehabilitation. Others including –

i) Rehabilitation of Rehri Owners through construction of Day Markets in various Sectors namely Sector-7, 9, 11, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 37, 38, 39, 41, 46 & 47.

ii) Rehabilitation of Scooter/Car-repair Mechanics through construction of Shops, Booths and Sheds in Sector - 38 (West), 49, 48, 52.

iii) Resettlement of Industrial Workers.

iv) Rehabilitation of Rag Pickers.

v) Rehabilitation of Street Children.

vi) Development works in Sector-34.

The Chandigarh Housing Board besides implementing its own schemes for construction of ‘General Housing’, have been undertaking numerous prestigious projects of the Chandigarh Administration as well as other Institutions in the City as deposit works. The prominent amongst them being –

i) Setting up of Kalagram at Manimajra.

ii) Ambedkar Bhawan Sector-37.

iii) Post Master General building Sector-17.

iv) Para-military Complex in Sector-43 and Police Housing in Sector-26.

v) Housing for Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research, (PGIMER) Sector-12.

vi) Housing for Chandigarh Medical College, Sector-32.

vii) Night Shelter in Manimajra.

viii) Blind Girls Hostel Sector-26.

ix) Animal House for PGIMER.

The Board while undertaking the construction of dwelling units at different locations in the City, has also ensured simultaneous development of Shopping/commercial areas for meeting the day to day requirements of the residents through construction of Convenient shopping/Service Booths/Shops in Sector-38 (West), 48 A, 49 A, 49 B, 51 A, 61 & Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra etc. etc.

In nutshell the contribution made by CHB in the development of the City Beautiful can be attributed to construction of ;

i) General Housing –

a. Site & Services, EWS & LIG 33441 Units

b. MIG 10675 Units

c. HIG 5597 Units

Total 49713 Units 

ii) Commercial Units

a. Rehabilitation of rehri owners/day markets. - 1450

b. Booths/Shops for Motor Mechanics. - 489

c. Convenient Shopping/Service Booths. - 2447

Total - 4386 

 

Ongoing Projects

a. Slum Rehabilitation project

The process of slum rehabilitation of 23841 slum families scattered over 18 colonies in the City was started under the banner of ‘Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme - 2006’ and accordingly two proposals for construction of 25728 (6368 Ph.I & 19360 Ph.II) Small Flats for an amount of Rs. 564.93 crores were approved by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, GOI in year 2006 under Jnnurum.

The 23841 beneficiaries under the scheme have been identified through Bio-metric survey conducted in 2006.

The present status of the ongoing construction of dwelling units under Slum Rehabilitation at 8 identified locations in the City is as under:-

I) Construction of 6368 Small Flats :
1. 1024 Small Flats at Sector-49 C Completed and being handed over to beneficiaries.
2. 1120 Small Flats at Sector-38 (W) 512 Small Flats completed and allotted to Slum Dwellers.

Balance 608 Flats yet to be allotted to beneficiaries.

3. 576 Small Flats at Ram Darbar Completed and being handed over to beneficiaries.
4. 3648 Small Flats at Maloya-II. Project has been shelved for non availability of Funds.
II) Construction of 19360 Small Flats :
5. 8448 Small Flats at Dhanas  
6. 8896 Small Flats at Maloya-I Tendering for 4960 Small flat
7. 448 Small Flats at Mauli Jagran-I Yet to be started as no funds available.
8. 1568 Small flats at Mauli Jagran-II Likely date of completion

In a function organized by the Govt. Of India, on the eve of the fourth Anniversary of the launching of the JNNURM scheme, the initiatives undertaken by the Chandigarh Administration/CHB in the process of implementation of the JNNURM scheme,have been appreciated by the GOI and an Award, presented by the Prime Minister of India, was conferred upon CHB. The Award carried a Trophy and a cash incentive of Rs.2 lac. Also on the eve of 5th Anniversary of launching of JNNURM, on 3.12.2010, CHB has been awarded a Trophy and a cash incentive of Rs.3 lac for City with the Best Planned Habitat for Urban Poor.

b. UT Employees Scheme

The Land under the ‘Self Financing Housing Scheme 2008’ for the Employees of Chandigarh Administration, is consideration & yet not allotted to the CHB by the Chd. Admn.

c. Construction of Underpasses

Chandigarh Administration has entrusted the job of construction of 8 underpasses to CHB at eight different locations. Earlier, Chandigarh Administration had earmarked 9.78 acre of commercial land in Sector 38 (West) free cost to CHB for implementation of the said project. However, in view of imposition of Income tax by Income Tax department in similar case of land allotted to CHB in respect of Pride Asia IT Habitat Project, CHB has requested Chandigarh administration to provide funds for the said Project instead of the providing Land for commercial exploitation.

CHB has carried out the Topographical Survey, Geo-technical investigation, underground utility survey, traffic survey and also appointed ‘Owner Engineer’ as Consultant to the project.

In first phase, it was decided to construct three underpasses in Press Chowk, Transport Chowk & Piccadilly Chowk on Design, Build & Maintain Model. But later on Press Chowk has been dropped

The technical bids received from three agencies were considered by the high powered Expert Committee headed by the Finance Secretary, UT Chandigarh on January 9,2010 and it was observed that none of the agencies have prepared an ideal design for adoption and as such it has been decided to finalize design parameters and other technical norms by a Sub Committee specifically constituted for the purpose. After the finalization of the design parameters, the agencies were to be advised to amend their financial bids against a standardized basic design. In the mean time, the Agencies asked for refund of EMD deposited by them and refuse to extend the Bank Guarantee as validity of their Bids has expired. Further, as no funds are available with CHB due to dispute on the RGCTP Project from where revenue was to come. CHB has also asked Chandigarh Administration to arrange funds for the said Project and finalize the location and no of underpasses in view of alignment of Metro Rail Project in most of the underpasses. As per the latest decision the underpasses are now to be Constt. by M.C. Chd. The matter has been taken up in Chad. Administration for further direction.

d. Nehru Centre For Performing Arts, including Pedestrian Plaza/ underground main parking in Sector-34, Chandigarh

The project is being implemented by CHB on the behest of the Chandigarh Administration. Consulting Architect, M/s Satnam Namita & Associates have already been appointed for the said Project. The estimated cost of the Project of Rs.108 Crore is proposed to be met from the revenues being received by CHB from the RGCTP Habitat Project. However RGCTP Project has already gone into the Arbitration so CHB has asked for funds from CHD Administraton.

M/s Spectral Services Consultant Pvt. Ltd has also been engaged by CHB for providing consultancy for designing this building as an ‘Intelligent & Green Building’. This project has already been registered with the ‘Indian Green Building Council’ for getting certification under the LEED Rating system. The Architectural drawings for the said project have already been approved by the Chief Architect, UT, however, the detailed estimates submitted by the Consulting Architect has been submitted to CE, UT for approval & vetting the DPR to further forwarded the same to the concerned Ministry of GOI for sanction of funds as the Project Cost is more than 10 Crores. Further it was also informed that M/s. Darashaw & Co. Pvt. Ltd. has been appointed by Ministry of Tourism as State level Project Management Agency to provide Project Management Support in development of Tourism Infrastructure Project in Chandigarh and also to prepare detailed project report related to these mega tourism projects which includes Nehru Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Sector 34, Chandigarh. As such the said NCPA project is to be taken up by the Tourism Department, UT which has to arrange all approval and funds from Ministry of Tourism, GoI.

F.S. UT was requested to resolve the issues pertaining to NCPA and a sub-committee under Chairmanship of SSF was constituted to resolve the issues pertaining to the Project.

Meeting of sub committee was held on 16.8.13 which was attended by Sh.Vishal Singh Representative of M/s Satnam Namita & Associates but later on he had refused to sign the minutes. Letter in this regard has been addressed to M/s Satnam Namita & Associates on 29.11.13 to sign the minutes but no response has been received till date. The matter has been sent to SSF UT being Chairman of Sub-Committee on 29.11.13 to take necessary action in the matter.

e. Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park (RGCTP) 

Chandigarh Administration, in December 2005 had designated Chandigarh Housing Board as its ‘Nodal Agency’ for development of ‘RGCTP Habitat Project’ over an area of 123.79 acre of land on ‘Private Sector Partnership’ (PSP) basis.

After following a global invitation bidding process, CHB had selected M/s Parsvnath Developers Ltd., as Developer for the said project. As per the terms of the development agreement the Developer has to pay a sum of Rs.821.21 Crore as bid money. Additionally 30% of the Gross Revenues, from sale of Residential units, shall also be payable to CHB.

The Development Agreement was signed on 6th October, 2006 for completion of the project over a period of three years. The Developer was to obtain all necessary Approvals including Environment Clearance in 12 months time whereas the remaining period of 24 months was meant for the construction period.

As per the Development Agreement, on ‘Right to Participate’ Model, the Developer was to Design, Build, Finance, Manage, Market/Sell and Operate & Maintain the said Project for 99 years. 

Initially, the Project was hindered on account of a HT line passing through it and a Boundary Dispute initiated by the Haryana Government, which was resolved by Chd. Admn. The Developer has so far obtained Environment Clearance and has got all drawings approved from the Competent Authority except for those pertaining to the development of Main Club planned under the project. The Developer has so far paid to CHB a sum of Rs. 516 crore app. as Bid Price, however the payment of the balance bid price of Rs.305 Crore and delayed interest accruing thereon has not been made.

CHB had issued ‘Default Notice’ to the Developer for non compliance of certain terms and conditions of the Development Agreement namely non-payment of balance Bid Price, non-obtaining of Approvals in stipulated time and non-achievement of stipulated Milestones. The Developer had invoked the provisions of the Arbitration clause and an Arbitral Tribunal has already been appointed in this regard. As there was no progress in arbitration case CHB filed an application before the Hon’ble PB. & Haryana High Court for issue of directions to the Tribunal. However, the Developer moved to the Hon’ble Supreme Court and had obtained the stay for further action. As such the matter has been gone into litigation. Hon’ble Supreme Court terminated the mandate of Arbitral Tribune and, in their place, appointed Hon’ble Mr. Justice R.V. Raveendran a retired judge of Supreme Court to be the sole Arbitrator to decide the dispute between M/s Parsvnath Developer Ltd. & Chandigarh Housing Board 32 Hearings have been held by the sole Arbitrator so far, at Chandigarh and next hearing would be held on 10.01.2014.

f. Construction of 2108 Flats in Sector-63, Chandigarh

The said scheme includes 336 Three Bed Rooms, 888 Two Bed Rooms, 564 One Bed Room & 320 EWS Flats having approximately estimated cost of Rs.414.45 crore.

The draw of lot for allocation of units has already been held after inviting applications from General Public. Work has already been started in 7 Groups. Tender for 388 MIG Flats has also been invited and being Processed.

g. Construction of 160 Cat-II Flats in Sector-51 A, Chandigarh

CHB has started Construction of 160 cat-II flats in Sector -51 A under General Housing scheme. Llikely to be completed by April 2014.

Forthcoming Projects

a. Housing Scheme for Sector-53, 54 & 55

Chandigarh Administration has earmarked 90 acre (4,35,600 Sq. yd) of land vide letter No. 9089/M/G-6 dated 15.3.2002 in Sector-53, 54 & 55 for development of a General Housing Scheme. The distribution of chunks in various sectors for development of residential units is as under:-

Sector-53 (20.77 acre),

Sector-54(30.94 acre)

Sector-55(39.53 acre).

CHB proposes to construct around 4500 units of various categories 2200 comprising Two Bed Room Flats and 1200 One Bed Room Flats & 1100 Three Bed Room flats under the scheme.

b. Other General Housing Schemes

· 1500 Flats of various categories at Maloya –I

· 464 Flats of various categories at Maloya-II

· 1400 Flats of various categories at Dhanas

· 940 EWS Flats in Sector-26 (East)

c. Construction of Block ‘B’ in CHB Office Complex, Sector-9, Chandigarh as Intelligent & Green Building

The Chandigarh Administration had allocated CHB a chunk of land measuring 3.26 acre along Madhya Marg, for construction of CHB office. The construction of this Office Building Complex is governed by Architectural Control of Chandigarh Administration. CHB had completed the construction of Two Single Storied Blocks – Block ‘A’ & Block ‘C’ in the year 1983 and 1993 respectively. However, the construction of seven storey block ‘B’ was not taken up by the Board so far.

The proposed Building Block ‘B’ which has a covered area of approximately 1,53,000 sft. and will be a “Intelligent Building” made with latest technologies & innovative building materials and its power requirements should be met to the extent possible to the use of non conventional sources of energy.