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Chief Minister announces setting up of Boxing Hostel in State

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Chief Minister announces setting up of Boxing Hostel in State

Chief Minister announces setting up of Boxing Hostel in State

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced for setting up a Boxing Hostel in the State. He was speaking on the occasion of the HP Senior Boxing Championship for Men at APG University Campus here today.

He said that such type of Championships provides a platform for the budding players to reassert their dominance in the sport and for emerging the boxers to display their skills.

Virbhadra Singh said that since the State was promoting every type of sports, but Volleyball was considered as the favourite. The State Government was mulling to promote boxing in a big way as the game did not require any big paraphernalia.

“Though many big play grounds are being constructed in the State to host games as Hockey, Soccer, and Cricket etc, our Government want that every school must have its own playground so that children can develop the playing skill from the very early stage” he said. At present the State was spending a sum of Rs 50 lakh for developing as many as 50 playgrounds in different schools of the State.

As to the request for constructing a Boxing Academy in the State, the Chief Minister assured that the Government would consider the demand sympathetically.

“ I am happy to learn that the Boxing players from Himachal are providing training/coaching to the children of other States as well and I am informed that the National fame boxing coaches who are present amidst us, are from Himachal and are bringing laurel to the State” he said.

Recalling his school days in Bishop Cotton, the Chief Minister said that it was then he use to do boxing, as in the school it was mandatory for everyone to play all the games.

While congratulating the participants the Chief Minister said that, he hope the budding players would keep the name of the State in limelight while playing at National and later at International level as well.

He also extended facilitations to shooters of the State who performed well in the Korean Asian games, and brought medals for the State. He added that a 10 meter Indoor Shooting range was being set up in Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Shimla.

As many as 120 boxers from all over the State participated in the Championship.

The Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the winners of the tournament.

The Shimla Team was declared as the best team of the tourney followed by Mandi.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was welcomed and honoured by Sh Rajesh Goyal, Chairman of APG University and by Sh Rajesh Bhandari the President of the Himachal Pradesh Boxing Association.

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Pro Vicde Chancellor of APG University. Rajesh Goyal, Chairman also spoke on the occasion.

Vijay Thakur, the international boxing referee and Roshan Lal, a coach who had given training to the players at Madhya Pradesh and was honoured with the Vishwamitra Award by the Madhya Pradesh government were also honouredby the Chief Minister besides other officials. Surinder Shandil, Secretary, H.P Boxing Association and other officials were also present on the occasion.

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

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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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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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HP PWD target for 2018

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.

HPPWD review meeting 2018

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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