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300 buses to be added every year in HRTC fleet: G.S. Bali

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G.S. Bali, Transport Minister said that 300 new buses would be added every year for next few years to the fleet of State transport to replace old and obsolete buses in a phased manner. This would ensure qualitative and demand based transport facility to the commuters.

He was presiding over a meeting of Governing Body of HRTC, here today. He said that 20 new Volvo Buses would be plied to connect all pilgrimages in the State. He said orders for 50 new AC buses had already been placed which would be plied within and outside the State on only 15 percent extra fare. As many as 471 fully built buses had already been purchased and the 44 such more buses were likely to come-up soon, added he.

The Transport Minister said that road safety was the major concern of the State government, therefore, State Transport would enhance number and capacity of fitness centers from 7 to 27 in the State. These centers would provide mechanical technique on substantial amount of money to the private owners.

Bali said that Corporation had earned a cumulative increase of Rs. 107 crore this year. He said Rs. 63 crore had been released for upgradation of all workshops, besides Rs. 1-10 crore for 12 Bus Stands in the State.

He said that a toll free helpline number 94184-00529 had been introduced for lodging complaints while traveling. He said new transport policy had been prepared and sent to different sectors for the suggestions and comments. The Corporation was providing yeoman services to the commuters and the accident rate was comparatively low yet fatal due to tough terrains in the State.

Presiding over another meeting of BoD of HP State Civil Supplies Corporation, Bali said that complete automation of all Fair Price Shops/Depots would be done within one year for which work had already been started. It was decided in the meeting that hiring of Godowns would be decided by the higher authorities in future so as to avoid the loss. He said that Corporation will open dedicated counters for selling generic medicines at its Medicine Retail Shops.

Ajay Mittal, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport), K. Sanjay Murthy Secretary HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Aman Deep Garg MD, Priyatu Mandal Director of Civil Supplies Corporation, R.N. Batta, Managing Director Transport besides Members of BoD Transport and Civil Supplies Corporation and Officers of State Transport and Civil Supplies Corporation were present in the meeting.

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Mandi Greenfield Airport: HP Govt to Acquire upto 3150 Mts Land for Phase-II

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Mandi-Himachal Pradesh Government yesterday held a meeting regarding the construction of Greenfield Airport at Nagchala in Mandi district and expansion of Kangra and Shimla Airports. 

It was informed that land measuring 2936 bigha has been identified for construction of Greenfield Airport in Mandi district and site clearance has been obtained in January 2020.  During the meeting held with the Ministry of Civil Aviation in November 2019, it was decided that AAI go ahead with 2100 meters length of the runway in phase-I. However, Government of Himachal Pradesh would acquire land for proposed runway upto 3150 meters for phase-II and additional land would be kept unutilized as a buffer zone, he added.  The State Government had signed MoU for development and operation of this Greenfield airport through a Joint Venture Company on 15th January 2020, it was informed.

As per estimates, a total expenditure of Rs. 7448 crore would be incurred on this project on land acquisition, terminal building, runways and allied activities. An expenditure of Rs.  2786 crore on land acquisition, Rs. 2965 crore on other developmental activities, Rs. 900 crore on the terminal building, runway and allied infrastructure,  Rs. 782 crore on structures and Rs. 15 crores on compensatory levies for FCA  would be made. This proposed airstrip would require channelization of Suketi khad.

It was informed that 1780 bigha of land has been identified for the development and expansion of Kangra Airport for the operation of A-320 type of aircraft and cost of acquisition of land and allied activities would be Rs. 3347.18 crore. This proposed airstrip would require channelization of Manjhi khad alongwith construction of new approach road to the airport.

While referring about the expansion of Shimla Airport, it was informed that Union Civil Aviation Minister in November 2019 has agreed to provide funds for expansion of Shimla Airport runway adding a length of another 300 meters for which land measuring 182-11 bighas had been identified.  Proposal for the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) has been submitted.

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1802 Job Opportunities for Those Who Returned to State Due to COVID-19: HPKVN

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Shimla-Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN), Rohan Chand Thakur, informed on October 30, 2020, that thousands of unemployed skilled and semi-skilled citizens have returned to the state due to COVID pandemic. He claimed that through its Skill Register portal, till date, over 16,406 people have registered themselves for employment.

HPKVN approached various industries and companies located in the state and identified about 1802 employment opportunities. Some big names include HAVELLS, Voltas, Tafe, Indoco Remedies and organizations like MT Autocraft, Parwanoo etc, he informed.

He said that these job opportunities were mapped as per the eligibility, qualification and aspiration of the citizens registered on the ‘Skill Register’ portal and based on such mapping, HPKVN identified 1685 candidates eligible for the job opportunities offered by various industries.

These candidates were individually contacted, counselled and motivated to join the available job opportunities. Consequently, 405 candidates expressed their interest in joining the job. Out of these, 282 candidates appeared for the interview and 102 candidates got shortlisted through interview.

“For rest who could not join the job opportunities are being further counselled and motivated by the HPKVN team so that suitable matching job opportunity can be offered to them,”

he informed.

He cited job location, higher salary expectations etc as the reason behind candidates not willing to join despite having requisite qualification. HPKVN is also working on providing multiple offers to each candidate so that they have options to choose from.

Managing Director said that skilled and semi-skilled unemployed citizens returning from outside states can register themselves on ‘skillregister.hp.gov.in’ where companies and industries can also register their requirements, after which the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam will attempt to provide job opportunities to the applicants in the nearest company or industry according to their ability and eligibility.

 

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Himachal: Education Minister, 22 Teachers in Three Schools, SDM Test Positive for COVID-19

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Shimla-Ahead of re-opening of schools for regular classes from November 2,  22 teachers in three schools of Mandi district – Sarkaghat, Killing, Thunag- have tested positive. Today, Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur and a person in his staff also tested positive. He informed regarding the report through a social media post. He has quarantined himself at his residence, he said. He has requested other people who have come in contact with him recently to get tested and isolate themselves.

Besides, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Joginder Nagar, has also tested positive.

A total of 332 new cases with two deaths were recorded on Wednesday, according to the statistics provided by the Health Department. So far, about half a dozen ministers and the Chief Minister have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered too. 

Four deaths have been reported today (till 12 pm), and the COVID-19 tally for the state had reached 21150, of which 2513 were active cases.  

So far, a total of 298 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19, if the official statistics to be believed. The actual number of cases, as well as, deaths could be higher due to a community spread. However, so far, the state government has not given any projection regarding the actual numbers.

Till yesterday evening (9 PM), a total of 380415 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in the state.   

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