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Chief Minister inaugurates Mini Secretariat building at Pooh

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Chief Minister inaugurates Mini Secretariat building at Pooh

Chief Minister inaugurates Mini Secretariat building at Pooh

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing the gathering at Pooh after inaugurating the newly constructed Mini Secretariat building constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.35 crore said that it would provide multifarious facilities under one roof to the people. He said that adequate parking facilities would be developed at Pooh and Kalpa at the earliest.

Chief Minister said that Kinnaur district witnessed heavy damage to roads and houses due to heavy rain falls in June last year and the State Government had initiated effective steps and adequate financial assistance was provided to the people of the area and the entire finances were met from the State exchequer. He assured that the Government was serious about the Urni road blockade, which was a major bottleneck on the National Highway and soon a permanent solution pertaining to this would be found.

Virbhadra Singh lauded the efforts of the people for conserving the environment and said that wherever there was a possibility of lifting the water from the rivers it would be done to provide water for Irrigating the orchards, fields, for drinking and similar other purposes. He directed the forest department to plant more plants and if need be, can deploy the local people for watering them.

“My responsibility is to look after the entire State but still I am always well informed about the problems of the people of Kinnaur district” said Virbhadra Singh.

He said that education is must and we should educate our children for their overall personality development.

“I have deep rooted relations with the people of Kinnaur and it will ever remain so in times to come” said he and also announced Health Sub-Centre for Pooh.

Chief Minister also announced to give Rs. 25,000 to the students, performing cultural programme at Pooh.

The Chief Minister also visited the War memorial of 36 Headquarter Infantry Brigade of Indian Army at Pooh later.

Earlier, Jagat Singh Negi, Deputy Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and said that the foundation stone of the Mini-Secretariat was also laid by Virbhadra Singh in 2006 and it was a memorable occasion today that it has been dedicated to the people of the Pooh today.

He said that the Congress Government had accelerated the development growth in the tribal and far-flung areas of the State. He said that the tribal areas of the State witnessed development since Virbhadra Singh became Chief Minister of the State for the first time. He also thanked the Chief Minister for providing financial assistance and moral support to the people during the flash floods and heavy rains. He thanked that around Rs 17 crore were distributed to the people as compensation for damaged crops besides a sum of Rs 8 crore for houses which were damaged during the heavy rains in August last year. He also thanked the Chief Minister for easing the process of ‘Nautaur’ to the people and demanded to remove few intricacies to benefit the people at large.

The work on Mini Stadiums at Pooh, Kafnu, Gyabong , Peo, Sangla was in progress and similarly play grounds will also be made in Chango, Leo, Moorang, Nichar and other places, he said.

V.C.Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary, Tribal Development, Ms. Asha Negi, BDC Chairperson,Surya Boras,Spokesman District Congress, Karam Singh Vice Pradhan lobrang, D.D. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Rahul Nath Superintendent of Police and other senior officers were present on the occasion amongst Pradhans and Up-pradhans of various panchayats.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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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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