Chandigarh administration has given a green light to demolish and reconstruct the 70-year-old dilapidated residential quarters of the Indian Air force (IAF) situated in sectors 31 and 47. The project would be costing around Rs 150 crore and the houses will be built according to modern design and new norms.
A meeting of the air force officials, who had specially come from New Delhi led by Group Captain Kapil Guliyani and the Chandigarh administration was held Friday where the latter gave its go-ahead to the project. The houses were constructed in 1960. The IAF residential quarters in sectors 31 and 47 are around 192 in number, and are in poor state, with walls beginning to crack and chip off. The air force had been following the matter with the Chandigarh administration, seeking its nod for the reconstruction of such properties.
Confirming the development, Home Secretary Nitin Yadav told The Indian Express that the reconstruction has been given a go-ahead and the two parties met and sorted out all these issues.
A senior officer of the Chandigarh engineering wing stated that the design of the new residential quarters would be different. At present, like the existing ones are ground floor-plus-first floor, however, the new design would be entirely different. “Now, as per the new design, it would be stilt-plus-two floors. All the houses would be constructing in this manner as earlier ones are ground-plus-first floor. The proposal has been approved and now the new plans and drawings would go to the plan approval committee of UT administration,” the officer claimed.
The plan approval committee (PAC) comprises the Deputy Commissioner, Chief Engineer, Officials of department of urban planning and other officers of UT. The building plans would be submitted online according to the procedure. With an aim to improve the living conditions, Chandigarh officials stated that “even otherwise post 2018, the policy for residential dwelling units has changed so that better living conditions are provided to the officials.”
The houses, though, will be all reconstructed by the MES establishment of the forces, and even the drawings will be submitted by the air force’s own hired consultant. The Chandigarh administration’s approval was the only roadblock in the entire process, the officials said.
“The project is approximately a Rs 150 crore one. MES would be constructing it entirely. It would be according to the latest norms like the norm of 100 square metre area has been revised to 125-140 square metre area, among others. Instead of the conventional chip flooring, it would be granite, vitrified that will be used. There will be modular kitchens too,” the UT officer added.
The administration stated that senior officials of the architecture wing of the Indian Air Force had also joined the meeting for the purpose.
For the last many months, the air force had been holding several meetings with the Chandigarh administration in the wake of liasioning with UT for the Indian Airforce Heritage Centre.
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