Mohali, Mar 9: Rear Admiral P S Byce, Director General, Air Force Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) today laid the foundation stone for the Greater Mohali Project, "Jal Vayu Vihar", the largest such project undertaken by AFNHB in northern India to provide housing facilities to Air Force and Naval personnel and their families.
Many serving and retired officers and men from both the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy witnessed the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Project Director, Commander Rajeev Kishore said that this was one of the largest projects undertaken by the AFNHB catering for 1292 flats.
He also informed that being located in the northern region, special care has been taken in the designing the high rise buildings to counter earthquacks.
Rear Admiral Byce after laying the foundation stone said that the Board works on basis of "No Profit No Loss" and aims at providing affordable dwelling units to Air Force and Naval personnel. He further stated that due priority is given to the war widows and to the widows of the service personnel who died in harness.
He asked the allottees to come forward and interact with the Project Director so as to offer their views. He also asked the allottees to be the members of the Project Director's team and feel free in offering their comments.
The Rear Admiral emphasized on the need of land allotment from various State Governments which in turn would help the Board in offering houses at affordable cost to a service personnel.
Commander Rajeev Kishore, Project Director stated AFNHB has to date constructed approximately 14,000 dwelling units in various parts of the country. Besides, about 3000 dwelling units are under construction under various schemes all over India, he added. The Project Director said that the housing scheme here would have various facilities life power back-up, lifts, swimming pool, recreation room, restaurant, gymnasium, indoor games, card room, TV room, billiard room and a kitchen. The scheme would be completed by mid 2010.