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Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

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Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

Seer Khad would be channelized in a phased manner to protect big area of Districts of Mandi, Hamirpur and Bilaspur from flash floods during monsoon season

Himachal Pradesh Government today sought assistance of union Government to provide liberal financial support for development of water resources infrastructure in the state. While speaking in 6th meeting of National Water Resources Council at New Delhi today Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh said that state government had launched World Bank funded 59.48 crore Hydrology Project-II, to develop a robust, comprehensive and reliable hydrological data base in the State. Observation stations were being established to monitor surface water, ground water and meteorological parameters. He said that the observed data would be stored in easy accessible computerized data bank for dissemination to various stake holders for effective planning in water resources sector and bring-in cost effectiveness in water related investment in the State.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that 2.31 lakh hectares land had been identified as flood prone in the state, out of which 21575 hectare land had been covered under various flood protection measures.

Seer Khad would be channelized in a phased manner to protect big area of Districts of Mandi, Hamirpur and Bilaspur from flash floods during monsoon season and 3rd phase of Swan River channelization would be undertaken to cover area between Santokhgarh bridge upto Punjab border and Gagret bridge. He said that project proposal had been prepared for channelization of Chhonch Khad in Indora tehsil of Kangra district and the area from Palchan to Aut on River Beas in Kullu district. Chief Minister said that out of total 5.83 lakh hectare of cultivable area in the state 3.35 lakh hectare area can be covered under Assured Irrigation facilities and added that so far an area of 2.53 lakh hectare had been covered under various irrigation schemes. He said that efforts were being made to execute new medium/minor irrigation projects to cover entire cultivable area under irrigation facilities and sprinkler irrigation was being encouraged to make best use of available water resources in the state.

The State government has formulated its own “State Water Policy” to provide adequate and safe drinking water to all citizens and assured irrigation to maximum feasible cultivated area through public participation narrated he. He said that keeping in view the impact of global warming, a new pattern to design/execute new water supply schemes had been formulated under which bigger water resources were being tapped to cover maximum possible population. He said that 28073 hand pumps had been installed in water scarcity areas of the State and urban water supply schemes were being augmented keeping in view the increasing population of urban areas in the state. The Government had also set up Ground Water Authority to regulate, manage and develop ground water resources in the state and construction of water harvesting structures had been made mandatory for all Government buildings, institutional buildings, schools, hotels and industrial units to conserve rain water to further utilize it for various purposes such as gardening, cleaning etc. He said that as per 2011 census, 89.5 % families were using tap water in the state in comparison to 84.1 % people in previous census, adding that 83.9% of tap water was being made available from treated sources in the state as against 32% at National Level.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Government would accord priority to provide safe drinking water and irrigation facilities to the farmers and added that all census villages had been provided safe drinking water in the state. As per 2003 survey there were 53201 habitations in the state out of which 42476 habitations have been covered up to march 2012 and the remaining 10725 habitations would be covered during the current financial year. He said that State Government was providing 70 litres drinking water per person per day in rural areas.

Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Nipah virus in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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