UT advocates for leasehold property conversion.

Chandigarh administration has initiated conversion of leasehold property to freehold . The government had recently sent the MHA a letter asking for an in-principle approval .

Chandigarh: In the phases I and II of the commercial and industrial areas, the Chandigarh administration has initiated the conversion of leasehold property to freehold, with the support of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).Dharam Pal, UT's chief, met with MHA chiefs on Thursday.The government had recently sent the MHA a letter asking for an in-principle approval for the conversion of leasehold property.In 1983, the UT converted leasehold parcels to freehold in the commercial segment.

It is a long-standing need of the city's industrialists.The UT administration carried out a survey in the Industrial Area recently to confirm leasehold plots.On a 147-acre plot, the administration had established phases I and II of the Industrial Area in the 1970s.The plots are classified according to zoning and architectural law, which were implemented as required at the time.

There are up to 381 plots of five marla.The UT administration had requested a report on violations in industrial plots, both leasehold and freehold.The UT estate office prepared the report and presented it to a government committee to deal with the pressing demands of industrialists.Following that, certain need-based changes to structural controls that were made in accordance with modern day industrial demands were allowed.

According to the UT, the central courtyard should be partially covered with polycarbonate sheets in the aftermath of thefts in industrial areas.