The Union Ministry of Urban Development has enlisted Hamirpur Nagar Parishad in defaulters’ list for delay in construction of flats for weaker sections under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP).

The delay in construction of IHSDP flats has resulted in the escalation of per unit cost of these flats further delaying allotment. The beneficiaries who were to get the flats at Rs 1, 23,000 per unit would now have to pay about Rs 3 lakh per unit.

The scheme was launched throughout the country in 2007-08 by the Centre and 152 houses were to be built in Hamirpur.

Since the scheme was implemented in many states, the Ministry of Urban Development had prescribed a limit for giving the grant to build the flats under the scheme and construction work was to be completed in three years. The nagar parishad had awarded the work to the Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Agency (HIMUDA).

However, out of 152 proposed flats, 72 flats have been constructed and Rs 2.33 crore has been spent out of the allocation of Rs 4.33 crore. Eighty more flats are to be constructed and the delay has resulted in the escalation of cost. Since the Hamirpur nagar parishad had failed to complete the work in the stipulated period and with a prescribed grant, the department has put it in the defaulters’ list.