Those aspiring to be allotted houses and plots in the proposed residential colony in Jaraza by the Himachal Urban development authority (HIMUDA) may be in for a disappointment, for the project is now the centre of battle between two authorities-the HIMUDA and District Town and Country Planner (TCP).
Not only is the site plan still pending approval, construction of the =roads that lead to the proposed plot are also yet to be completed. It is yet unclear as to how many people have applied for the allotments.
Sources said that the construction is pending because TCP is yet to give its approval to the project. The authority, in a notice issue to HIMUDA served on January 1, states that the proposed project is on an inclination of more than 30 degrees and insists that the land be leveled before the construction begins.
On Monday, the TCP has issued another notice to HIMUDA under section 38 and 39 of Town and Country Planning Act, directing the latter to close down work pending approval of the plan. Failing this, the notice said, that the construction would be deemed as unauthorised and the 'No Objection Certificates' required for power and water connections under the Act will not be issued to the residents.
However, even as the project continues to hang fire, the HIMUDA has already decided to hold a draw for the allotment on January 22.
Customers, meanwhile, have already been asked to pay 10 per cent of the price as an earnest money towards the flat. While there are no signs of construction, advertisements by the HIMUDA claim that work on the project is in progress.
“We will not comment upon the approval of the site's plan,” said Rameshwar Gupta, administrative officer of HIMUDA, when contacted for his version.