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Kalabag to get helipad to facilitate pilgrims visiting Choordhar temple

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CM Virbhadra Singh announced the construction of new helipad at Kalabag in Chaupal to facilitate visitors, tourists, pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple, proposes a ropeway, also granted 10 lack for construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said that a helipad would be constructed at Kalabag to facilitate the pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple. He said that the helipad would be constructed during current fiscal. He also announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

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Virbhadra Singh was speaking on the occasion of 12th annual convention of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Choordhar at Gaiety Theatre here, today. He said that the construction work of Shirgul Devta temple would be speeded up and completed by the end of this year.

Chief Minister said that Choordhar was one the important religious and tourist destination of the State and all efforts would be made to provide various facilities to the pilgrims and the tourists at this place.

Virbhadra Singh directed the Tourism and Forest department to submit the feasibility report for setting up rope way from Sarahan to Kalabag in Sirmour district. Adding that the construction work on Nohradhar to Choordhar road would be resumed soon.

Chief Minister directed the Irrigation and Public Health department and H.P Electricity Board to complete the construction work of lift water supply scheme for Choordhar from Tarahan Khad. He also directed the District Administration for improving the condition of the pedestrian path from Kupwi to Choordhar and Sarahan Bigit Maharaj Temple to Choordhar. He also directed the Forest department to take appropriate steps for the constriction of motorable road from Mandah Ghati (Chopal) to Khadach, which would reduce the distance by five kilometres. He stressed the need to improve the trails and paths leading towards Choordhar temple.

Virbhadra Singh said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the prime tourist destinations in the world because of its serene environment and natural beauty. The State government was doing its best to preserve the precious environment besides giving boost to the pilgrimage tourism at large scale.

He lauded the efforts of the Chooreshwar Seva Samiti for generating various facilities for the pilgrims at Choordhar.

Virbhadra Singh said that government had taken significant steps to promote the tourism along-with creating employment opportunities in this sector. He said that 1000 tourists guide and driving training would be imparted to the 3900 youth this year to link the local youth with tourism activities and to create more avenues of self-employment. Efforts were being made to open hotels and providing basic amenities in the backward Panchayats to promote the tourism in the State, he added.

Chief Minister said that the State Government would make efforts for scientific harnessing of herbs which were present in the State so that these could be utilized for human welfare.

Virbhadra Singh released a souvenir and a audio CD brought out by the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti. Famous folk singer of the State Dr. K.L. Sehgal and his daughter Dr. Savita Sehgal have rendered the voice in this audio album. This album contains ten Hindi-Pahari songs composed by Dr. K.L. Sehgal and written by Shri Vidya Nand Saraik.

Chief Minister also released two books written by eminent writer Shri Som P Ranchan titled ‘Buddha Buddhatva Buddhichita Vajraiad’ and ‘ Virbhadra, the Magus Mystic Positiva’.

Chief Minister also honoured outstanding members of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Col. Dhani Ram Shandil said that Churdhar was famous religious destination of the State and thousand of people especially of Solan, Shimla and Sirmour visits every year. He said that joint survey by Language, Art and Culture and Tourism department would be done to harness and promote Churdhar as favourite tourism destination.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Vinay Kumar apprised the Chief Minister about various demands of the area. He said that he would be the life member of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti and efforts would be done to improve the various facilities at Churdhar.

District Sirmour Congress Committee President and Former CPS Shri Harshwardhan Chauhan presented vote of thanks.

Chairman, Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Shri I.N. Mehta detailed about the various activities of the Samiti and he urged the Chief Minister to improve the various facilities at Choordhar.

Kapil Mahashe, President Shimla Unit welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised about the various activities of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Patron of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti Amar Singh Chauhan also spoke on the occasion.

A colourful cultural programme was presented by Chooreshwar Kala Manch, Rajgarh.

MLA’s Balbir Verma and Baldev Tomar, Former Speaker G.R. Musafir, Retd. IAS, Dr. CRB Lalit, DC Shri Dinesh Malhotra, Shri BM Nanta, MD, Civil Supplies Corporation, Advocate General,Shrawan Dogra, SP Kangra, Balbir Thakur, President Shimla District Rural Congress,Kehar Singh Khachi, Spokesman Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Advocate I.N.Mehta and Members and office bearers of all 28 units of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti were present in large number on this occasion.

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

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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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Will tar 1100 km roads, construct 600 km new motorable roads, 750 km cross drainage, 35 bridges in 2018: HP Govt

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Shimla: During review meeting of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department held today, the Government informed that it has set up a target of construction of 600 km new motorable roads, providing cross drainage facilities on 750 km road length, metalling and tarring of 1100 km roads, construction of 35 bridges and providing road connectivity to 40 villages during the current financial year.

The Government said all the formalities regarding the allocation of road and bridge projects would be completed within a stipulated period to facilitate work- allocation within 51 days to concerned executing agencies.  

The e-tendering is expected to speed up the process of allocation of projects.

It has been felt that delay in Forest clearances was one of the major bottlenecks for starting of different road and bridge projects. Therefore, the Government would take up the matter with the Union Government to expedite forest clearances for these projects,

said the Chief Minister, who was presiding over the meeting.

It was informed that the target has been fixed to execute 414 works with a total length of 2400 km, under PMGSY with an outlay of Rs 600 crore during the current financial year.

On completion, 150 habitations would be connected with roads. Similarly, the target has been fixed to complete 209 works under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-NABARD, which include 77 works in Shimla zone, 20 in Mandi Zone, 70 in Kangra zone and 4 in Hamirpur Zone, it was informed.

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During HPPWD review meeting 2018

It was informed that that out of 90 black spots identified in the State, 58 had been rectified and work on remaining black spots was in progress.

The State Government has allocated Rs. 200 crore for maintenance and repair of roads in the State besides Rs. 50 crore additionality for providing drainage facilities on the roads, claimed the Government.

Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 34394 officers and officials were working in the Public Works Department and “were doing their best” to ensure best road connectivity to the people of the State.  

The State today has total 35638 km of roads providing road connectivity to the remotest part of the State, informed the Engineer-in-Chief R.P Verma.

Opposed to the work-culture of the HP PWD, the Chief Minister, who holds Department, is claiming that regular monitoring and inspection of roads and bridges constructed particularly under NABARD, Central Road Fund etc. will be ensured.

 He said that for this, standard quality parameters should be laid down and responsibility of the defaulters must be fixed and strict action taken against the person, which rarely happens.

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