Congress opposes DLF luxury villas in Himachal

Shimla: Himachal Congress today came down heavily on Himachal Pradesh government’s decision to allot agricultural land to Delhi-based DLF Universal Ltd to set up ultra-luxurious housing projects in the state. State Congress chief Kaul Singh Thakur told reporters that the BJP government was promoting the realtors in the state by diverting agricultural land to non-agricultural purposes.

DLF IndiaDLF has recently given advertisements in newspapers inviting applications for the upcoming projects in the vicinity of Shimla and Kasauli, Thakur said.

He said the Congress was totally against the decision of the government to allow the realtor to build high-end cottages.

The BJP government in the state is promoting land mafia, he said.

Thakur said Shimla town already faces water shortage, besides traffic chaos, and that such projects would only add to the woes of the people. By allowing such realtors to set up housing projects, the government is going to multiply the problems of the town. Moreover, the builders are alluring buyers by saying that non-Himachal people can purchase the villas, he added.

The DLF projects would have high-end residential villas and apartments.

The Shimla residential project is located at Waknaghat on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway-22, whereas the Kasauli project is located near the industrial hub of Baddi

DLF has identified a huge chunk of land around Shimla and Kasauli towns and plans to invest Rs.200 crore in these projects.

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One Response to "Congress opposes DLF luxury villas in Himachal"

  1. RKS   September 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This statement by Congress president Kaul Singh Thakur about the land mafias and DLF intrusion in the state is still a tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more to be explored about the people fixing such deals with the insiders of the power corridor.
    Special topographic conditions and fragile ecology of Himalayan states cannot afford these ventures, hence discouraged in old provisions of Land Tenancy Act. Moreover such affluence is not required here at least by honest Himachalies.
    The matter may be in focus at the onset of next assembly elections.


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