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Dhumal ensures uninterrupted power during winters without any power cuts

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State Government claims to have made arrangements with the neighboring states of supplying them power during Summer and take back equal amount of the same during Winter months when domestic demand increases due to heating and other power consuming requirements of the people.

Although, Shimla is facing long power cuts from the past few days, but the respected Chief Minister stated that the State has made adequate arrangements to meet the additional power needs during winters. Even otherwise, the strategy, which Mr. Dhumal has mentioned, isn’t a new addition. Anyway, go through the official statement released by the Government today.

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that the State Government had made adequate arrangements to meet the additional demand of power during winter months to supply consumer uninterrupted power without any power cuts. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister in an internal review to take stock of the power position in the State during ensuing winter season, here today.

Chief Minister said that the State usually faces power deficit during winter months when water level in the river recedes drastically resulting into reduced power generation by all the hydro power projects all over the State. He said that during summer months when the rivers overflow due to snow melting on higher reaches and rains etc. and power requirement also reduces to minimum while the other states face power shortage as demand for the same increases substantially. He said that the State was expecting good rain and snow fall during ensuring winter season which would ensure more surplus power during summer months. He said that the State Government had made arrangements with the neighboring states of supplying them power during Summer and take back equal amount of the same during Winter months when domestic demand increases due to heating and other power consuming requirements of the people. He said that the State Government through HP State Electricity Board Limited had supplied 244 Million Units (MUs) of power to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during the summer months of April to October, 2012 and the same was being transmitted back to Himachal Pradesh by respective States to meet the increased demand during the months from November, 2012 to March, 2013.

Prof. Dhumal said that HPSEBL had been authorized to tie up with the neighbouring States of Puinjab, Haryana and Delhi for procurement of 455MUs of power under forward banking arrangement with a view to ensure surplus power during winter months and in anticipation of increasing demand. He said that although the State had sufficient power to meet its domestic demand but as a precautionary arrangement additional power supply was also being ensured so that there were no power cuts and demand based supply of the same was ensured for domestic and commercial activities. He said that presently the State had power availability of 252 Lakh Units as against the demand of 242 Lakh Units. He said that there was still 10 Lakh Units as surplus power available for distribution which was sufficient to meet the anticipated demand in the state during coming months.

Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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