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Chief Minister lays foundation stone of vegetable market at Bandrol

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Chief Minister lays foundation stone of vegetable market at Bandrol

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh after laying foundation stone of the vegetable market to be constructed at a cost of Rs 7.17 crore at Bandrol in district Kullu said that on completion, it would provide enough space for storing and marketing the produce to the agriculturists and horticulturists of the district besides the producers from Lahaul and Spiti district. He said that in the second phase of construction, a proper concrete wall would be erected along the river and appropriate infrastructure would be made available to the farmers and fruit growers.

He said that agriculture and horticulture has the mainstay of the people of the State and with the construction of the Marketing Yard, the local farmers and horticulturists would get better remunerative prices for their produce. More such Vegetable Marketing Yards would be constructed at Tapri, Jhukhala, Charankhud in Kangra, Rohru and other areas of the State. Besides, to facilitate the farmers and to make them know the daily wholesale rates of the fruits and vegetables, the information was being provided to them on www.agmarket.nic.in and other similar websites.

He said that the per capita income of the State was 82611 with growth rate of 10 percent and Himachal was treading fast towards becoming the most developed State of the Country.

Earlier, the Chief Minster also launched the online set-up of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (Kullu- Lahaul & Spiti) office at Kullu which is the first of its kind as adopted by APMC and similarly all the offices of the Marketing Committee would be computerized in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister also announced jeepable road over River Beas to connect Kais village on the left bank of the river opposite Bandrol.

Shubhash Manglet, Chairman HP State Agriculture Marketing Produce Board and Y.K. Mishra, Chairman, APMC (Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti) thanked the Chief Minster for launching online system in the APMC office, Kullu and also laying the foundation stone of the Vegetable Market which they said will go a long way in serving the interest of the farmers.

Later, the Chief Minister, performed the foundation Stone laying ceremony of a bridge to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 65 lakhs over Sarwari Nullaha in Kullu, inaugurated the office of Deputy Director Elementary constructed at a cost of Rs 78 lakhs, inaugurated the science lab of Government Senior Secondary School (Boys) at Kullu constructed at a cost of Rs 80 lakh and inaugurated the Zila Parishad Guest House at Kullu constructed at a cost of Rs. 75

lakh. He also laid foundation stone of the Community Health Centre at Tegu Behar to be constructed at cost of Rs 4.63 crore.

The Chief Minister also visited the exhibitions set up by various departments and NGOs highlighting the development of the State as well as the district. He also visited the Ragunath camp the main deity of the Dussehra festival kullu and paid his obeisance to the local God and Goddesses on the occasion.

Later in the evening the Chief Minister, being the Chief Guest of the Cultural Night was honoured by the Deputy Commissioner, Rakesh Kanwar. He also released a souvenir on the occasion. The Deputy Commissioner also honoured Smt. Pratibha Singh and daughter of Chief Minister Aprajita Singh on the occasion.

Sujan Singh Pathania, Agriculture and Power Minister, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Forest Minister, Prakash Chaudhry, Excise and Taxation Minister, Anil Sharma, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Smt Pratibha Singh Former MP, Maheshwar Singh, Karan Singh and Khub Ram, MLAs, Atul Sharma, Chairman HPSIDC, Mahendar Stan Chairman APMC (Shimla& Kinnaur), Rakesh Kanwar Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, Surinder Verma, SP Kullu Various associations of the local Agents were present on the occasion amongst others.

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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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