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HPTDC registers noticeable increase in its turnover

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HPTDC registers noticeable increase in its turnover

HPTDC registers noticeable increase in its turnover

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the Board of Directors (BoD) meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) here today congratulated the corporation for registering increase in its turnover by 16.12 percent with a net profit of 715.78 lakhs after providing depreciation to the tune of Rs 94.27 lakhs.

He said that the corporation should run on professional lines like any other commercial organization and the promotion of the employees henceforth should be linked with profitability and performance of the corporation.

The Board of Directors raised concern of overstaffing in few units of the corporation on which a decision was taken that rationalization of the Staff was necessary and possibility should be explored to transfer the surplus staff of HPTDC transport wing to HRTC. The Corporation should be slim and trim for better efficiency and output and a decision was taken to reduce the staff from the overcrowded units of the corporation and transfer the same and no interference in this regard be tolerated.

Suggestions also poured in regarding audit of all wings in the hotels of the corporations including House keeping section. The Chief Minister said that the staff should ensure that all the linen and beddings be changed during every check-out. He said that proper inspection be conducted and the staff should be kept as per the need of the units.

It was decided to construct additional ten rooms in Kiarighat in Solan district besides parking and other facilities. The Chief Minister also directed to take steps to ascertain that the availability of sufficient water at Kiarighat before taking up the project.

The Chief Minister also asked to explore the possibility of constructing a circuit house at Kasauli as many high end tourists visit the hill station and it would be profitable for the Government.

The board decided to re-think over the property of the corporation at Manikaran in Kullu district and suggested to take up the matter in consultation with Deputy Commissioner as the building was likely to sustain the flow of the river below if adequate measure be taken.

The Chief Minister directed to check encroachments on the land of the corporation and adopt measures to utilize the same and specially directed to look into the encroachments on the corporation’s land, if any in Sojha in Kullu district.

It was decided on the advice of the members to look into the tarring work of the approach road to hotel Hatu in Narkanda.

The Chief Minister also asked to take up the matter regarding the possession of Hotel Mandav in Mandi since the ITI campus had been shifted to Kamand and only skeleton staff was there.

Chief Secretary P. Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, VC Pharka, Principal Secretary Finance, Dr. Shrikant Baldi were present in the meeting amongst the non –official members Virendar Dharmani, Gopal Krishan Mahant, Rupesh Kanwal, Vijay Inder Karan, Amarjeet Singh and Surinder Sethi.

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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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