The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to construct apartments in kandaghat and Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh with the aid of private landowners.
To build apartments in Kandaghat, three sites have been selected and whereas, twelve acres of land has been identified in Kasauli.
According to CHB chairman Maninder Singh, “Kasauli has more ridges and this escalates the cost of developing the land. So, we have seen a plain area towards Sanawar.” Recently, a team of experts visited the proposed sites at Kasauli and Kandaghat.
In Kandaghat, 25 acres of land will be developed for 1,000 apartments and a few bungalows and also there is a plan in Kasauli to build 500 apartments and have all types of flat categories, including 2BHK and 3BHK, hall and kitchen, and villas.
“In Kandaghat, we will shortlist one out of the three sites on the basis of location and proximity to the main road,” Singh said.
When asked what is the advantage of CHB making these houses? “Due to many fraudulent property dealers in Himachal Pradesh, it is expected that buyers will rely on a government body. There will be no grey area in ownership as it will be approved by the Himachal Pradesh government,” said the chairman.
According to Maninder, “We will not pay for the land and have a sharing arrangement. After the house allotments, the profit will be shared with the private landowners.”
Previously, CHB had decided to move out of the city for developing the land. Mullanpur in Punjab and Kandaghat near Solan in Himachal Pradesh were the projects approved.
There are around 64,000 CHB dwelling units in the city. Around 25% of the city’s population is living in them.