602 slum dwellers received keys to one room flats in Sector 49. They are the third batch to be allotted flats under the UT’s Slum Rehabilitation Scheme.
Some 12,000 flats have already been allotted. The entire project will see a total of 25,800 flats constructed. Union Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest at the UT Administration’s ‘handing-over’ ceremony and presented keys to the allottees. Advisor to the Administrator K.K. Sharma said the allottees will pay the Administration Rs 800 per month for 20 years. After paying Rs 1 lakh 92 thousand, the allottee will own his one-room flat.
The allottees were all smiles as they held the keys to their new homes. For years the threat of slum demolition has hung over their heads. Now, no one can throw them out.
However, their happiness did not last long. Allottees were disappointed to find that the flats are without electricity and the bathrooms have no taps.
Meanwhile, UT Advisor K.K. Sharma said the Chandigarh Housing Board would all the basic amenities at its own expense. However, he did not mention any timeframe for provision of electricity and functional bathrooms.
Persons who have already shifted into the rehabilitation colony point out that their walls and floors are already crumbling and allege that the Chandigarh Housing Board built the flats with substandard material.
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