Chandigarh: It was a stampede like situation during the filling of the forms for affordable housing for middle income group under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) at Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on Thursday. Interestingly the applicants were under the impression that houses allotted will be free of cost.
It was utter mismanagement at the forms collection window as CHB had deployed just two officers to tackle thousands of applicants lined up since 5 am.
There were no proper directions which created panic amongst the applicants during the rush hours. Some of the women carrying infants were knocked down by rowdy crowd. Usha Rani, a dweller said, “We have been standing since 5 am to get the form for the housing scheme but now it is 11 am and no one is here to direct us.”
Another applicant Nanhe Ram of Kaimbwala added, “We got the forms but we don’t know how to fill the form and there is no one to help us.”
However most of the applicants were unaware of the fact that they will have to pay for dwelling units and will have to pay the money in installments. Another applicant said that at present they are paying the rent and same can be paid as installment for the house which will be lately their property.
CHB had announced that under the MIG-I scheme, beneficiaries living in Urban area of Chandigarh are eligible for an interest subsidy of 4 per cent on a loan upto Rs 9 lakh for new construction, addition of rooms, kitchen, toilet etc to existing dwelling units provided that the carpet area of houses being constructed or enhanced under this component of the mission should be 61- 90 square meters.
Under the MIG-II scheme, beneficiaries living in Urban area of Chandigarh are eligible for an interest subsidy of 3 per cent on a loan of Rs 12 lakh for new construction/addition of rooms, kitchen, toilet and other need based changes to existing dwelling units provided that the carpet area of houses being constructed or enhanced under this component of the mission should be between 91- 110 square meters.
Households having annual income between Rs 6,00,001 to Rs 12,00,000 fall under the category of Middle Income Group-I (MIG-I) and with income between Rs.12,00,001 to Rs.18,00,000 fall under the category of Middle Income Group-II (MIG-II).
Residents scramble outside CHB office on Thursday.
Near stampede like situation at the forms window
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