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Himachal expects a growth rate of 6.2% in current financial year



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Himachal is expected to achieve a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in the current financial year, comparatively better than the national growth of five percent, says the state’s economic survey

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh’s economy is expected to grow by 6.2 percent — 1.2 percent higher than the national level — in the next fiscal, the state’s economic survey report said Wednesday.

“The economy of the state is expected to achieve a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in the current financial year which is comparatively better than the national growth of five percent,” said the report, which was tabled in the state assembly by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. He said the gross state domestic product at current prices in 2011-12 increased to Rs.63,812 crore from Rs.56,355 crore in 2010-11, and as per advanced estimates, it is likely to be about Rs.72,076 crore in 2012-13.

“The per capita income witnessed an increase of 10.7 percent as it increased to Rs.74,694 in 2011-12 from Rs.67,475 in 2010-11,” said Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio.

The increase in total state domestic product was mainly attributed to 20 percent increase in community and personal service sectors, 8.9 percent in transport and trade and 8.1 percent in finance and real estate.But the primary sector witnessed a fall by 5.2 percent.

In 2012-13, food production registered an increase. “The food production was 14.94 lakh tonne in 2010-11 and it increased to 15.54 lakh tonne in 2011-12. In this fiscal, it is expected to increase to 15.80 lakh tonne,” the report said. But the fruit production has decreased by 63.7 percent. It was 10.27 lakh tonne in 2010-11, while it was 3.73 lakh tonne in 2011-12. In 2012-12, the production was 4.67 lakh tonne till last December, the survey said.

“Apple constitutes about 84 percent of the total fruit production in the state. During 2012-13, 3.92 lakh tonne of apples were produced against 2.75 lakh tonne in 2011-12. It was 8.92 lakh tonne in 2010-11,” the report said.

Himachal Pradesh’s hydropower generation potential is 23,000 MW – about 25 percent of India’s total hydropower potential. However, only 8,368 MW of power has been tapped in the state. Himachal Pradesh attracted 161,463,32 tourists last year, including 500,284 foreigners, the report said. Shimla district recorded the maximum arrival of both domestic and oversea tourists, followed by Kullu and Kangra districts.

The state economy is highly dependent on hydroelectric power, horticulture and tourism. IANS

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone



108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 


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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes



HP irrigation and drinking water schemes

Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     



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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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