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Property prices in Himachal crumbled to their lowest

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Uncertainty over the changes in HP Apartment and Property Regulation Act of 2005 has led to lowering of property prices in Himachal upto 30 % in the past year, real estate experts say.

Shimla- Amidst confusion over whether a law relating to apartment ownership will be replaced, property prices in Himachal Pradesh have plumetted upto 30 percent in the past year, real estate experts say.

“The prevailing prices are 25 to 30 percent less than last year’s,” said a Shimla-based realtor.

A two BHK flat in Shimla, Kasauli and Solan towns is now selling for approximately Rs.25 lakh. A three BHK is for Rs.35 lakh to Rs.45 lakh and a cottage costs anywhere between Rs.60 lakh and Rs.80 lakh, he said.

The Himachal Pradesh Apartment and Property Regulation Act of 2005 enables builders and developers to build and sell flats and cottages in the state.

While Revenue Minister Kaul Singh says a moratorium on the registration of new flats was imposed by the previous BJP government to monitor realtors, former town and country planning minister Mohinder Singh claims the ban could not be implemented following judicial intervention.

Kaul Singh told IANS that the former town and country planning minister asked the assembly Aug 29 last year that the Apartment and Property Regulation Act would be repealed and a new comprehensive legislation would be introduced.

Mohinder Singh had even told the assembly that fresh registration of flats would not take place till the new act comes into existence.

“Soon after the declaration, the minister gave permission to five or six realtors to build flats,” Kaul Singh said.

Individuals who had planned to buy or invest in the domestic housing in the state are a confused lot.

“Some builders had moved the Himachal Pradesh High Court against freezing flat registrations. The court allowed the registration process till the new act came into force,” Mohinder Singh told IANS.

But those in the realty sector say the market took a downturn since the minister’s announcement last year.

“Flat sales have crumbled to their lowest point in more than a decade with prices falling up to 25 percent. People are not even investing in luxury cottages at prime destinations,” said a builder setting up cottages on the outskirts of Solan town.

There is a slump even in Shimla, Kasauli, Dharamsala and Palampur towns, once the preferred destinations for investors.

“Some proposed projects have been put on hold while some investors are desperate to sell and recover their money,” said a builder on the condition of anonymity.

“A bill may be introduced in this assembly session or in the next (monsoon) to do away with the existing act and by incorporating it with the Town and Country Planning Act. Regulating construction by realtors may rest on the Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA),” said an official.

The previous government’s decision to repeal the act had been taken on the basis of the recommendation of the select committee of the assembly as well as a judicial commission headed by Justice D.P. Sood, a former judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, probing illegal land transactions.

In the report tabled in the assembly in April last year, Justice Sood observed that the builders were catering to the needs of the rich from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and non-resident Indians.

The state has over 60 builders and developers selling flats and cottages.

They include DLF, Janta Land Promoter Ltd, Omax Construction Pvt Ltd, Optima Construction Pvt Ltd, Amar Nath Aggarwal Builders Pvt Ltd and Surya Builders, officials said.-IANS

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Make a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

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Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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