Chandigarh: The Union Territory Administration is fleecing hundreds of members of the Cooperative Housing Societies by having collected over Rs 6.29 crore from those who had got their lease hold flats transferred in their names as free hold.
Under prevailing rules and laws, for every property transfer in Chandigarh, completion certificate from the competent authority is mandatory. But when it comes to fleecing the cooperative housing societies, the document is ignored. The administration decided in 2008 to allow transfer of dwelling units in cooperating housing societies on general power of attorney (GPAs).
But very few societies could obtain completion certificates. About 70 per cent dwelling units (DUs) which remained incomplete did not qualify for transfer. The Finance Department issued an order Number 33/3/128/UTFI (4)/2008/5750 dated August 15, 2008 stating ‘’ the condition of having obtained completion certificate for purpose of transfer of ownership of flats/dwelling units shall not be insisted upon.’’
The Legal Department opposed the transfer policy but its advice was ignored. The DUs in cooperative housing societies were allowed to be transferred without getting completion certificates. A large number of DUs were transferred leading to the collection of over Rs 6.29 crore. The amount thus collected was transferred from the accounts of various societies to a newly floated Cooperative Development Fund (A/c No: 6162). Government audit fee and other charges were stashed in the new account. An advocate said that it was illegal as the amount was supposed to remain with respective societies.
Treasurer of AWH Cooperative and Maintenance Society, Sector 47 Lt Col Narinder Kumar (retd) told Daily Post that their society was refused transfer of DUs on the plea that it had not obtained completion certificates.
The Secretary, Local Government Department, Chandigarh, issued a notification No 4088 dated May 24, 2011, which said that consumers without completion certificates from the estate office shall be charged double the normal tariff with minimum consumption of 50 kilo litre of water per month. In the absence of completion certificates, the members were forced to pay for the water expenses, though not consumed. Those who consumed less than 100 kilo litre water in two months had were made to pay for 100 KL consumption at the rate of Rs 980 per DU.
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