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HIMUDA moots land pooling policy

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Urban Development and Housing Minister Suresh Bhardwaj on November 27, 2021, chaired a meeting of HIMUDA officials regarding the improvement of the authority’s working and fiscal conditions.

The minister also instructed HIMUDA to complete assigned deposit works in time.  The minister said HIMUDA is an important agency in terms of states development and efforts are on to revamp it.

The HIMUDA officials led by vice-chairman Praveen Sharma handed over a detailed report containing recommendations to the minister.

Detailed deliberations were made on the report.

Earlier, Bhardwaj had formed a committee of HIMUDA officials to suggest ways to improve the condition of the authority. 

The minister said HIMUDA is contemplating adopting a land pooling policy.

HIMUDA has purchased 1731 Bigha of land at various places within the state for Rs. 156cr. Now, instead of buying more land, we will develop such land to generate revenue, said Bhardwaj, adding, as per the policy proposed, land of willing private landowners is developed and marketed with HIMUDAs help without actually acquiring land. 

Bhardwaj said HIMUDA has purchased land at different locations.

HIMUDA the colonies proposed at different locations will be known by the nearest famous and renowned stations like Shimla, Solan, Dharamsala to enhance the brand value, the minister said, adding, Officials have been directed to adopt professionalism since HIMUDAs working is different from other government departments. 

He said HIMUDA has been assigned the deposit works especially in Shimla. A proper accounting system would be developed for the deposit works.

HIMUDA has been directed to complete the deposit works in time and not to utilize funds for other works, the minister added.

Whenever HIMUDA purchases land in the future, certain formalities will be fulfilled. HIMUDA is approaching the industries, horticulture department to lease out big chunks of land it has at different locations in the state.

The minister has directed HIMUDA to provide a one-stop system to the allottees and other stakeholders. He said a dedicated number; a WhatsApp number can be launched for the same.  

Vice-chairman Praveen Sharma, CEO HIMUDA Ajay Verma, and others officials were present in this meeting. (Press Release)

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