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SHILLONG: Informing the media yesterday, Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh said that the construction of the low cost housing units under the Centrally-sponsored JNNURM Basic Service of Urban Poor (BSUP) Scheme have resumed. Earlier, the state government had terminated the contract with the Hindustan Prefab Limited (HPL) following HPL's failure to comply with terms and conditions by deciding to back out from the project. Under the Centrally-sponsored JNNURM Basic Service of Urban Poor (BSUP) Scheme initiated in 2007, HPL was tasked with constructing 600 dwelling units for the poor in the city at Nongmynsong area in 2007 and 240 dwelling units at Nongpoh in 2009 at a total cost of Rs 3962.25 lakh. Meanwhile out of the 600 housing units only 96 have been completed.
Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) will implement the construction of the abandoned housing project under JNNURM in Nongmynsong on its own with March 2016 as the deadline for completion of the project. The decision to resume the construction of the project after the Centre approved the decision to terminate the contract with the HPL. Ampareen also informed that the Central Government has been updated about the pulling out of the company from the project has been delayed by over 48 months which would result in project cost overrun.
While admitting that the housing scheme cannot entertain any escalation minister said that there are two possibilities in completing this pending project which had been delayed by over 48 months which would result in project cost overrun.