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Public crying for a patch of road for over 3 years

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Rajhana Panchayat devoid of ambulance and taxi services due to badly damaged road. Local residents forced to spend from their pockets and work as laborers themselves to maintain the road.

Residents of Rajhana Panchayat tried and waited for over 3 years to get the attention of MC Shimla and government towards the maintenance of the completely damaged road leading from Sector-4 New Shimla to their panchayat. Many complaints were made and a few people even approached the local City Channel with a recorded footage depicting thewretched condition of the road.

The clipping from City Chanel:

As you might have guessed, no one bothered to listen to their grievance. Every day nearly 2000-3000 people use the road and as the rainy season is on, the conditions have become worse than before. The road is damaged to such an extent that even the ambulance, HRTC taxi and private taxi drivers black listed the route. Now the panchayat stands devoid of these important services. When all complaints and efforts to wake MC Shimla proved to be useless, local residents collected money for the raw material and started working to improve the condition of the road themselves.

All Video clips was recorded using a cellphone camera and sent to HW by a local resident

Total length of the road is merely somewhere between 600- 700 meters. Out of this total patch, near about 500 meters is under MC Shimla and remaining length is in Rajhana Panchayat.

HW tries to be unbiased in criticizing or submitting complains regarding the relevant issues, which affects the lives of many in our society and try not to use inappropriate language. However, after watching the images and video clip recorded by the complainer, lethargic and ridiculous attitude are two words that would come to anyone’s mind about the concerned government department and state government itself.

Video clip was recorded using a cellphone camera and sent to HW by a local resident It’s over 3 years that people have been approaching MC Shimla, requesting them to have mercy on the distressed and suffering public of the panchayat. It’s an absurd reality of our democratic policies that the public don’t even receives a patch of road in spite of regular requests. Those employed in the service of the citizens of a state don’t even bother to listen to their requests.

HW is again forwarding the complaint to MC Shimla and if still it’s not enough, then HW won’t hesitate to find legal grounds to support the distressed and suffering public of the Rajhana Panchayat.

Note: The name of the complainer has been kept confidential on request.

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Rs. 292 Crore Loan Agreement Signed with WB for Greater Shimla Water Supply & Sewerage Services

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World Bank Loan for Greater Shimla Area Water Supply and Sewerage services

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, Government of India and World Bank have signed Development Policy Loan – I ( DPL 1) amounting Rs. 292 Crores for the water supply and sewerage services in Greater Shimla Area in a meeting held at New Delhi today.

The total negotiated loan amount is Rs. 986 Crores

As per the official report, the components to be covered under Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Project include:

  • Construction of water supply system from Satluj and rehabilitation of Giri and Gumma pumping systems to supply 107 MLD at a cost of Rs 366 crore
  • Improvement in water distribution and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)  at a cost of Rs 270 crore,
  • Extension of sewage network at a cost of Rs 246 crore
  • Rehabilitation and a capacity addition of sewage treatment plants at a cost of Rs. 104 crore

These will ensure per capita supply of water to 135 LPCS (Litre per capita per day) besides round the clock supply universal coverage, the official sources claimed.

The State Government claims that this is the first Development Policy Loan in the water sector for institutional reform, volumetric tariff, water connections, energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Shimla’s water supply infrastructure with a capacity of 40 million litres daily (MLD) is unable to meet the current demand of 56 MLD. As elsewhere in urban India, around half the available water is lost to leakages and unauthorized siphoning. As a result, the water supply reaches citizens only once in two days and for limited hours. With at least 30-40% of the city’s population of around 200,000 not covered by the sewerage system, sanitation has also emerged as a public health issue in Shimla.

The State Government has, jointly with the Shimla Municipal Corporation, set up a dedicated utility which will take over WSS services for the city; these responsibilities were hitherto fragmented between different agencies and departments, leading to blurred accountability. This utility — the Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd or SJPNL – will run the city’s WSS system. Policy decisions such as setting water tariffs and subsidies will be done by the State Government and the City Municipality.

The $40 Million Loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 4-year grace period and a maturity of 15.5 years.

This DPL will help SJPNL orient itself as a customer-focused utility that has the technical capacity, governance framework, and performance-based management policies needed to provide reliable water and efficient sanitation to the citizens of Shimla,

said Mr Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director

Prabodh Saxena Principal Secretary Urban Development signed the loan agreement and Program agreement on behalf of Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Sameer Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, GoI signed the legal and program agreement on behalf of Government of India.

 Bandana Preyasi, Director DEA was also present in the meeting. Sh. Junaid Director Ahmad, Country and Smt Smita Misra, Team Leader represented the World Bank in the meeting.

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Video: New ISBT Shimla to Tutikandi Crossing road blocked after landslide

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SHIMLA-After heavy rains in capital Shimla, a portion of road at the Tutikandi-Dhali bypass crossing, adjacent to under construction parking and shopping complex, went down with a landslide on Thursday at about 3 PM. No causalities were reported. Road between New ISBT Shimla to the point of landslide was closed for traffic. Long traffic-jam on Shimla-Chandigarh highway is troubling people. The administration was working to find a solution by creating an alternative deviation to resume the traffic. However, it’s not clear as to when the traffic will be resumed.

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Two videos show the moment it happened. While administration blames heavy rains, hailstorm and thunderstorms for the landslide, it is noticeable that excavation work for under-construction ropeway and parking-cum-shopping mall was underway for a long time now. The construction company seems to have failed to count such side-effects of digging and excavation in hilly region such as Shimla. Also, that the administration didn’t bother to monitor the site and spot such loopholes.

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Shimla city gets Rs 60 crore Parking Complex near Lift, Can accommodate 700 cars

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SHIMLA- Struggling badly with traffic congest, Shimla City hopes to received some relief from parking trouble as the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today inaugurated first phase of multi-storey parking near lift constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. It would have capacity of parking as many as 700 cars initially.  Govt. said that the Rs. 60 crore project will help to reduce idle parking and further facilitate the visitors.

The parking has been given on lease to M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited for concession period of 30 years. The concession fee would be rupees one crore per annum with an increase of 10 percent every two years, to be paid to Municipal Corporation Shimla.

The construction work of other two phases of the parking is underway, which will probably accommodate more than 1700 cars, said PK Sood MD of M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited.

Chief Minister also inspected the site of under construction Circuit House near All India Radio and gave necessary directions.

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