SHIMLA: Even as it is planning a modern, integrated township near Shimla with the assistance of a Singapore-based company, a housing scheme launched by Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) amid much fanfare in 2010-11 has been struggling because of poor planning, with the fate of nearly 65,000 applications hanging fire.
HIMUDA had launched the scheme, under which it invited applications along with an initial fee of Rs 5,000 for providing plots and flats, as a “demand survey”. In all, 72,848 people had applied. However, to date, flats and houses have been provided to only 1,603 people, while the Rs 5,000 refunded to 7,000 people. The remaining applications are yet to be realized.
Housing and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, who is the chairman of HIMUDA, did not take phone calls or respond to text messages when asked about the issue. When contacted, HIMUDA chief executive officer and secretary Dinesh Kumar Kashyap said the delay in refunds was because applicants had not applied for them. “Those applying are being refunded the money along with interest,” he said.
He added that the remaining 65,000 applicants under the demand survey could apply for the 350 plots and flats advertised by HIMUDA at Trilokpur and Moginand. “We have around 181 plots and more than 100 flats proposed there,” he added.
He said 25% plots and flats of HIMUDA were reserved for those who had applied under the demand survey, 25% were reserved for other categories, and 50% for open category. He said people were under the impression that HIMUDA would write to them for the refunds or for availability of flats. “But it is they who have to write to us for the refunds. For the plots and flats, they should look at our advertisement,” he said.
For the proposed 380-bigha township near Shimla, the HIMUDA board of directors had given the go-ahead to signing a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Co-operation Enterprises on Tuesday. The township has been planned at Jathia Devi. HIMUDA has already acquired 243 bighas for the township for which registration process is on while state government has been approached to provide around 138 bighas of land where hospital and educational institutes, sources said.
Credits ET Realty