Pay shelter funds within 15 days or face blacklist: MDDA to builders
The local decision making agency will go ahead and act, if the builders do not submit the fund meant for supporting construction of housing units for the poor within 15 days, MDDA warned the builders.dehradun Updated: Jul 08, 2017 20:34 IST
DEHRADUN: In a major crackdown, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) has warned 69 builders of blacklisting them and sealing their housing projects for not submitting shelter fund.
The local decision making agency will go ahead and act, if the builders do not submit the fund meant for supporting construction of housing units for the poor within 15 days, it said.
In November 2011, the government made it mandatory for the builders to construct and allot at least 15% of their housing project units for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society. Maps of all housing projects cleared after the 2011 order were sanctioned only with the compulsory EWS units.
But a shelter fund policy was introduced in March last year allowing builders to submit the shelter fund instead of constructing the EWS units. The fund was to be used by the government for developing affordable housing units for the poor.
Reviewing the housing projects made in MDDA area since 2011 on Friday, MDDA vice-chairperson Vinay Shankar Pandey found out that while the shelter fund was submitted by 49 developers (involved in 118 projects), 38 builders had neither constructed EWS units nor applied for submission of the fund. Similarly, 31 other builders were prima facie found to be defaulters.
“All the defaulters were directed to submit the shelter fund within 15 days, failing which their construction works will not only be stopped but the projects will also be sealed with immediate effect,” Pandey said.
“Moreover, all such defaulters will be blacklisted and their names will be sent to development authorities throughout the country,” he said, adding that the MDDA had already sent notices to six of 31 defaulter builders and the process of sending notices to others was in progress. “We are likely to collect over Rs 20 crore of revenue from all the cases.”
The MDDA’s decision sent a wave of anxiety among the local builders, around 18 of which are said to be major housing project players with one or more big projects either constructed or currently under construction. “This is a one-sided action…the MDDA should at least give us some more time to complete all the formalities and submission of shelter fund,” one of the builders, who requested not to be named, told Hindustan Times.