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Himuda hunting for land to build 71,000 flats, houses

Baldev S Chauhan  |  New Delhi/ Shimla 

Having accepted 71,000 applications from all over the country to build flats and houses in the state, the Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Authority(Himuda) is now finding it difficult to look for land to carry out the project.

The state-run company needs almost 26,000 bighas of land in around 60 towns. But, in the last few months, the company has only been able to find land at a dozen of places,say officials.

Ganesh Dutt, vice chairman told Business Standard that the company has been able to find land at some places while search is on to find more land at other places.

“Around 71,000 applications were received and collected Rs 35 crore in the process.No target has been set so far to finish the project as we are still looking for land,” said Dutt.

Applications have not only come in from people within the state but in large numbers from outside the state as well, since people in the plains dream of owning a house in the hills, Dutt said.

In popular hill stations like Shimla and other such places, the majority of the applications are by non-Himachal domicile people.

Shimla has the highest number of applications at 8,100.Other popular tourist locations also have applications from outside the state.

First Published: Thu, August 11 2011. 00:13 IST