Chandigarh:The Chandigarh Housing Board’s (CHB) 123 acres of land worth crores situated in IT Park falls under the eco-sensitive zone. According to the notification, no construction above 15-foot height can be done on the land as it falls in the vicinity of the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary.
It must be mentioned here that Parsvnath Builders and Developers proposed to construct high-end residential project Prideasia on the123 acres of prime land which went into controversy, and then after litigation the developer handed over the property to the Chandigarh Housing Board in February 2013.
The land in IT Park was given to Parsvnath in 2005 for Rs 821 crore, but the project failed to take off, following which the developer, in return, deposited Rs 567 crore with the CHB and also surrendered the land.
CHB Chairman Maninder Singh Bains said, “Once the notification has been issued it becomes the law and deemed to be followed.”
The 123 acres of land falls in Zone-II as per the notification where construction up to 15 feet can only be done and that too after prior permission.
The piece of land handed over to Parsvnath in 2005 was worth Rs 821 crore which after 12 years now escalates to over Rs 2,000 crore. On January 25, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) has notified the three villages, Khudda Ali Sher, Kishengarh and Kaimbwala, falling under the UT in the eco-sensitive zone. The ministry has divided the area into two zones, zone 1 and zone 2.
Under zone 1, construction within a radius of 0.75 kilometre is completely banned, whereas in zone 2, construction up to 20,000 square metre, approximately up to 15 feet can be done but with prior permission from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF). The total area of 1,050 hectares falls in the eco-sensitive zone 2.
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