Chandigarh to permit conversion of leasehold properties into freehold
November 19, 2018

The Chandigarh Administration has given its in-principal approval to transfer the leasehold properties into freehold in Industrial Area, phases I and II of the city. The proposal will be tabled before a committee formed by UT Administrator, VP Singh Badnore, for its final approval. In 1983, Chandigarh Administration had last converted leasehold plots into freehold in the commercial category. The UT Administration had received pleas for conversion from the industrialists in the past. Apart from this, the industrialists have also shared that the open courtyards inside industrial plots pose a significant threat to the security of machinery and material due…

Chandigarh administration allows sale and transfer of housing society units
November 16, 2018

The Chandigarh administration has notified the Chandigarh Scheme for Transfer of Flats/Dwelling Unit in the Co-operative House Building Societies, 2018. As per the new rule, the residents of 108 co-operative housing societies in Sectors 48 to 51 can get their flats registered in their name and sell the property at market rates. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has allowed the land for the construction of houses and issued them on lease for 99 years. The direct transfer of society flats was put on hold in 2014. However, the new scheme will be functional till June 2019. After the scheme ends,…

Chandigarh Administration to issue notices for non-installation of solar units
November 13, 2018

The Chandigarh Administration will be issuing notices to the residential units that fail to install the rooftop solar power plants. The deadline for the same is set to November 17. The UT Administration had issued a notification mandating the installation of rooftop solar power plants in residential units measuring 500 sq yards and above. Around 10,000 houses in the city are yet to install solar power plants, including 417 houses in Sector 8, 493 in Sector 11, 643 in Sector 33, 419 in Sector 35 and 417 houses in Sector 36. Officials have shared that owners failing to comply with…

Chandigarh Administration adds five more villages under property tax ambit
November 5, 2018

The Chandigarh Administration has issued a notification to bring five villages under the ambit of property tax. The Administration has directed property owners to file their tax within a specified period of two months, beginning from November 1 to December 31, 2018. The newly added villages include Hallomajra, Kejheri, Palsora, Maloya and Dadumajra. All property owners paying their pending tax before December 31, 2018 would be entitled to receive a tax rebate of 10 percent on the full tax amount. If the owner fails to pay the outstanding tax within the stipulated time he will have to pay a penalty…

Five more villages to pay commercial tax in Chandigarh
October 23, 2018

The Chandigarh Administration has decided to bring five villages under the ambit of commercial tax. The matter has been forwarded to the legal department of the UT Administration for an inspection. Once the inspection is done, a notification for the same will be issued. The five villages in the city include Hallomajra, Kejheri, Palsora, Maloya and Dadumajra. It has been found that there are around 4,000 commercial properties in these five villages. The decision will help the Administration to generate around Rs 35-40 lakh annually. Currently, the Authority has been unable to procure any amount from these villages. Previously, the…

Chandigarh civic body to use GIS mapping to identify tax defaulters
October 15, 2018

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to implement the Geographic Information System (GIS) to identify property tax defaulters across the city. To achieve this, all the commercial properties in the area will be allocated a unique user ID and a password to pay the online tax. Officials have shared that there are around 23,000 commercial properties in Chandigarh that are liable to pay the commercial property tax. The ground survey of all these identified properties has been completed. A separate code will be given to all properties through GIS mapping. A specific system will be implemented which will assign a…

Chandigarh civic body issues sealing notices to eight structures
October 12, 2018

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has issued sealing notices to eight commercial properties located in Manimajra, Industrial Area and Sector 35 of the city. Officials have shared that the identified buildings are attached with unpaid taxes. These structures are required to pay an amount of Rs 14 lakh to the Authority. Four properties in Manimajra have to pay commercial tax, amounting Rs 21,399, Rs 25,282, Rs 21,354 and Rs 1,58,728. Properties located in Sector 35 have to pay Rs 1.5 lakh, Rs 2.3 lakh and Rs 4.1 lakh. The particular property of Industrial area phase has to pay an amount of…

Chandigarh: Owners of demolished units near Airport seek compensation
October 10, 2018

Property owners of demolished properties in the vicinity of Chandigarh International Airport have demanded compensation from the State government as they have all the legal and authorised documents of their properties. Owners have shared that their properties were approved by the concerned Authority and claimed of paying property taxes since 2015. After the High Court’s order to ban construction activities within a 100 m radius of the Chandigarh International Airport, as many as nine structures were demolished. The owners have furthered questioned the working of the civic body in respect to the approval of building plans and the registered ownership. Further, the owners have alleged that even after paying the taxes, the structures have been declared as illegal by the…

Chandigarh housing body approves extra room on terrace
October 8, 2018

Relieving homeowners, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has approved the construction of an extra room on the terraces. The decision will benefit more than 50,000 allottees of flats under CHB. Officials have shared that construction of a separate room on terrace was a pending demand among homeowners. Apart from extra room construction in courtyard/terrace, the Board also allows construction of additional door, fixing of grills in balconies and shifting of gate from side boundary wall to front boundary wall. However, the housing board has put a construction limit as well. As per the new norms, the construction should not be…

HC orders razing of illegal structures near Chandigarh Airport
September 28, 2018

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered to ban construction activities within a 100 m radius of the Chandigarh International Airport. The Court has directed the concerned authorities to demolish all illegal properties within the boundary of the airport. A bench constituting Chief Justice, Krishna Murari and Justice, Arun Palli, has ordered the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Mohali Municipal Corporation (MMC) and Union Territory (UT) Administration to raze all unauthorised structures. The civic bodies were also directed to submit a demolition status report on the next hearing scheduled in October 2018. It has been noted that there…

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to include first 15 sectors under GIS mapping
August 31, 2018

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s (MC’s) tax department has recently issued property tax notices in the residential localities of the first 15 sectors of the city. The civic body has concurrently created Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of the houses falling in these sectors. The move comes to monitor tax evaders in the future along with offering the residents a platform to file property tax online by the end of the current fiscal. The portal will soon provide the link where, homeowners can pay their property tax online. The biggest advantage of GIS mapping is that it has all the details of…

Two new smart city projects in Chandigarh approved
August 10, 2018

The Chandigarh Smart City Ltd has approved two new smart city projects, including 24x7 water supply in Manimajra and bicycle sharing in the city. The tender and other related processes of both the approved projects would be issued soon. Officials have shared that the financial estimate of the projects will be locked immediately. However, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has made a rough estimate of Rs 170 crore for the development of water supply project in Manimajra. The work will be carried out under the supervision of the project management consultant (PMC) and smart city board. The project will be…

Chandigarh civic body orders to raze six buildings near airport
August 8, 2018

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has served notices to owners of six unauthorised structures constructed near the boundary wall of the Chandigarh International Airport, asking them to demolish the buildings by August 10 or else wait for the civic body to raze the same. According to GMADA Chief Administrator, Ravi Bhagat, the estate officer has been ordered to find out high-rise constructions built beyond the permissible rules. He added that the authority has even received complaints from the airport authorities and the Indian Air Force. A report stating the action taken in this regard will be submitted to the High Court (HC). The…

Commercial property tax hiked in Chandigarh
July 6, 2018

The Chandigarh administration has hiked the commercial property tax by 10 percent. This is the first time in 15 years after the imposition of the commercial property tax in 2003 that the rates have been revised. Out of the list of commercial property owners in Chandigarh, prepared by the civic body, the majority are yet to pay the revised tax. The authority will soon start sending notices to such property owners. The enhanced commercial property tax has been made effective across the Union Territory from April 1, 2018, onwards. Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had released the proposal to increase the commercial…

Chandigarh makes fire NOCs mandatory for homes
July 1, 2018

In order to ensure fire safety compliance of buildings in the state, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is set to make no objection certificates (NOC) compulsory for residential structures. Presently, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in the state are required to obtain fire NOCs. Once the rule is implemented, occupants of both old and new constructions will have to register for NOCs at the fire department and deposit the specified fee. The move will make it mandatory for residents to submit the fire protection plan highlighting the entire firefighting arrangements made along with the means of access and escape. As…

CHB to carry out seismic evaluation of houses
June 27, 2018

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) plans to conduct a seismic evaluation of its dwelling units as they fall in the seismic zone IV, which is considered as ‘severe.’ The initiative is a part of a work being undertaken by the board before framing a policy for approving need-based changes. The board has developed housing schemes in many sectors, including 29, 38(west),40, 41, 43, 44, 43, 45, 47,51, 55, 56, 63 and Modern Housing Complex, with about 64,000 units of 100 categories. The board has also developed few rehabilitation housing schemes. To conduct the seismic evaluation, the board has initiated the…

Mohali Plot sale: High court to decide on stamp duty exemption
May 28, 2018

The Punjab and Haryana high court will decide if the parties purchasing land directly from Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will be allowed exemption from giving stamp duty in execution of conveyance deed. The high court has asked Gmada and Punjab government to file a reply on the issue after seeking the attention of petitions filed by people who had purchased plots in Gmada developed sector in New Chandigarh from landowners. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued a notice in a note of a petition filed by Urmila Kakkar and others. Arav Gupta, the counsel for the petitioners, opposed that…

Chandigarh RERA: About 174 real estate agents registered till date
May 27, 2018

In Chandigarh, a total number of registered real estate agents have reached 174. The Punjab Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Punjab RERA) has approved real estate agents across the city. Check a complete list of registered agents in Chandigarh - Click to Download The State regulatory authority has, till date, registered nearly 1020 real estate agents across the State. The list is available on its official RERA portal. In 2017, the Government had announced that Delhi and Chandigarh will have a common regulatory authority and appellate authority under RERA. Chandigarh authorities comment that this makes sense as the Union Territory (UT)…

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