HIMUDA has decided to refund security money along with five percent annual interest to those home buyers for whom the housing authority has failed provide flats or plots.

Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, in a meeting of board of directors of HIMUDA, revealed that the HIMUDA had taken security money of Rs. 5000 per person for developing housing colonies in various parts of the state during 2010-11, but the housing authority had failed to deliver.

Chaudhary said that HIMUDA had expanded its activities. She said that 400 meters synthetic track of eight lanes would be constructed at Saraswatinagar in Shimla district at a cost of Rs. 12.42 crores. She said that housing units of different categories in housing colonies of HIMUDA had been advertised on first come, first take basis and so far few units amounting to Rs. 14.36 crores had been allotted.

The minister said that Rs. 8.61 crore had been release to HIMUDA for constructing houses for the poor people in Mandi town under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana and decision had also been to reserve 25 percent houses for these applicants in the housing colonies being developed in the concerned areas.

It was informed in the meeting land would be acquired in Nagrota, Dharamshala, Dehra, Chhetan, Una and Bangarh at estimated cost of Rs. 2156 lakh.

DA and IR released to HIMUDA employees

The approval was given to release 4 percent interim relief and installment of additional dearness allowance at par with the State government employees to HIMUDA employees. The decision was also made to fill up the 33 functional posts of different categories in HIMUDA.