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3538Himuda to reserve plots, flats for Himachalis

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  • chandwani01
    Sep 2, 2011
      Himuda to reserve plots, flats for Himachalis
      Pratibha Chauhan
      Tribune News Service

      Shimla, September 1
      The Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (Himuda) will make an amendment to its regulations to reserve plots and flats for bona fide Himachalis so that their housing needs are met first and only a small percentage of its structures are offered to outsiders.

      Despite a survey undertaken by Himuda indicating that there is a demand for about 70,000 houses, the agency is finding it tough to meet the demand in view of scarce land in the hill state.

      As such another important decision that has been taken by Himuda is to only make flats and not offer plots so that the needs of a majority are met since sufficient land is not available.

      "No doubt anyone is welcome to buy a house in the state but we have a greater responsibility towards meeting the housing needs of bona fide Himachalis; so we will make an amendment to the regulations to reserve a high percentage for them," said Ganesh Dutt, vice-chairman, Himuda. He said the matter would be placed before the board of directors at its next meeting.

      A large number of outsiders from all over India are keen on acquiring houses in popular tourist destinations like Shimla, Kasauli, Solan, Kullu-Manali and Solan. Though Himuda has no exact data about the number of outsiders who have applied for a house with it, the number seems to be sizeable.

      As a step towards constructing houses at the earliest, the board of directors has allowed Himuda to raise a loan of Rs 100 crore. "The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Himuda has been authorised to raise the loan from any nationalised bank at the lowest rate of interest so that more land can be acquired and planning of houses can begin at the earliest," said Dutt.

      During the past few months, Himuda has acquired land near Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur where the demand for houses is very high. About 125 bighas are being acquired near Mehli on the outskirts of the state capital, about 155 bighas at three places - Moginanad, Trilokpur and Jarja in Sirmaur district and 115 bighas near Seel-Raho near Solan.

      The maximum demand for houses is in Shimla with 11,000 applying to Himuda followed by 8,000 for Hamirpur.

      The demand is also quite high in the Kasauli, Manali and Sirmaur areas bordering Haryana and Chandigarh.

      However, keeping in view the unavailability of sufficient land, Himuda for the time being will not carve out too many plots and thrust would be on making flats so that the maximum possible people can be accommodated.