HIMUDA to create land bank for housing projects

Shimla/October 31 (NG News)
Urban Development, Housing, Town and Country Planning minister Sudhir Sharma on Friday said Himachal Urban Development Authority would create land bank for housing projects in the state.

Sharma, who is also of Chairman of HIMUDA, directed the concerned officers to identify more land in various parts of the state so that a Land Bank could be created for developing housing projects.

He said that HIMUDA should focus more on real estate components such as Shopping Malls, Soft-ware Technology Parks, leisure and entertainment facilities. He stressed for more aggressive policy for bringing investment co-reality estate project through the public private partnership mode and to ensure completion of the projects in a fixed time frame and maintaining quality in construction.

“With a view to ensuring the planned development of urban areas in Himachal Pradesh, the state government had proposed to bring all urban local bodies (ULBs) under the planning area which will also help in providing basic facilities as per requirements of people of such areas,” Sharma said.

The Minister said HIMUDA should go beyond the conventional frame work of development and allotment of residential and commercial properties besides creating quality urban infrastructure.

The BoD approved acquisition/purchase of land at various places in the State for developing housing projects.

The BoD also approved appointments of advocates, Divisional Accountants and Data Operators in HIMUDA throughout the State.

It was recommended by the BoD to amend the Act for declaring HIMUDA as local authority on the analogy of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as it was working on no profit no loss basis and this would exempt HIMUDA for paying service taxes.

The BoD gave approval for allotment of houses, flats, plots in various housing colonies established by HIMUDA on first come first serve basis.
The Board approved payment of arrears of pension to the retirees of HIMUDA who retired between December 3, 2004 to March 30, 2008.