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CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

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CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that proper physical audit of the water harvesting structures, check dams, canals, water tanks and other similar works being undertaken by various departments would be done, and the departments would have to maintain full record of the structures and the works undertaken.

He was presiding over the third meeting of Himachal Pradesh Water Management Board here, today.

He said water would be the scarce commodity in coming times and every drop of water should be saved . He stressed upon the durability of the tanks and said that different departments were constructing the water harvesting structures which leads to overlapping of works and inefficient use of resources.

He said it had been observed that many water harvesting structures were lying ideal with little or no water in them and the departments should not consider the construction of structures as their achievements but it had to be ensured that they were long lasting and benefiting the population for irrigational and other purposes.

He said that many rivers and rivulets of the State were usually in spate during monsoons and remain dry or with little water during winters and summers. It was during the monsoons that the water should be stored and conserved along the bank of the rivulets and nullahas for meeting the requirements in summers.

The Chief Minister said that sensing the economic benefits of such schemes, the people would be themselves responsible for maintaining the same and undertaking minor repairs works.

“I want end results and benefits to be accrued to the people and durable assets to be created” said the Chief Minister. There should also be proper de-silting of the water tanks to enhance their storage capacity after every monsoon season, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the aim of the Government was to provide better drinking water and irrigational facilities to the people and besides that every check dam structure should be numbered and complete in all respects so that we could identify them through numbers.

He said that roof top rainwater harvesting structures should be made compulsory in rural areas and field of activities of various departments be demarcated for effective implementation of water resources development, conservation initiatives and watershed development followed by physical inspections.

He suggested that it should be mandatory to construct field channels from the main canal for irrigating the land. It had been observed that major projects like Shah-Nehar had been completed but the feeding channels connecting fields had not been constructed, thus depriving people of irrigational facilities.

“Every project to be constructed in future must have feed canals and there should be signage’s containing full particulars of the scheme with name of the engineers involved, construction cost, year of starting and completion” he said.

Citing example of Kinnaur district where numerous water tanks and harvesting structures had been constructed the Chief Minister said that focus must be on providing re-used and pure treated water to the people for irrigational and domestic purpose on the analogy of developed countries.

He said that our traditional water bodies needs to be preserved and every new project or new scheme should begin with taking into consideration all aspects. There were number of schemes of Government of India and they should be implemented with sense of responsibility and accountability and not merely for achieving the targets and numbers.He suggested that more hand-pumps should be installed in water scarcity areas and proper survey of the underground water availability should be done before installing the same.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes, Chief Secretary P. Mitra, senior officers and non- official members were also 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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