Chandigarh admin to allow property transfer to freehold in industrial area
Considering the long pending demand of industrialists, the UT administration has finalised the proposal to transfer leasehold properties into freehold in Industrial Area, phases I and II.
The finalised draft will soon be tabled before a committee formed by UT administrator V P Singh Badnore. The administration has also prepared a final draft for need-based changes. Recently, the administration had formed two separate committees – one for pending demands of industrialists and the other for those of traders.
The administration had last converted leasehold plots into freehold in 1983 in commercial category. The matter was also taken by up by MP KirronKher with the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the ministry of urban development.
The industrialists had submitted before Kher and the UT administration that the open courtyards inside industrial plots are a major threat to the safety of machinery and material due to theft cases and direct exposure to rough weather conditions. Moreover, with changing times, industrialists have also added certain statutory activities which resulted in coverage of the open courtyards. These include generator sets, inspection areas, pollution treatment plants, workers meal/rest areas etc.
Industrialists are also demanding to allow need-based changes and inter-changeability of usage inside plots. According to the existing controls, different areas of an industrial plot have been designated for specific purposes, including office, workshop, cycle stand, display showroom and toilet block. Industrialists were demanding that there is an urgent need to regularize interchangeability of usage inside industrial plots and these changes should not be considered as building violations.
To meet their requirements, industrialists have made changes in the building plans in violation of the byelaws for which they are facing misuse notices. The most common changes include construction on plot more than permitted floor area ratio (FAR); temporary sheds on the rear and front side; division of plots; boundary walls replaced with railings; and installation of mobile towers.
Besides, industrialists are also demanding for allowing of additional activities in consonance with MSMED ACT, other than the two-three activities allowed in the first ever Industrial Policy 2015 of Chandigarh and also to frame suitable rules for its implementation.