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Chief Minister invites business houses to invest in Himachal

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Chief Minister invites business houses to invest in Himachal

Chief Minister invites business houses to invest in Himachal

State Government proposes to make Himachal Pradesh an ideal destination for the entrepreneurs and we have envisioned transforming the State as the most preferred destination in the country for the entrepreneurs and at the same time we expect co-ordination from the industrialists and we also seek their participation to make Himachal Pradesh a favourite industrial hub, said Chief Minister,Virbhadra Singh while interacting with big business houses at Mumbai in Maharashtra today.

He said that the State electricity regulator had already announced freezing of the power tariff upto 2018 at one fixed rate, adding that the rates of power in HP were 20 to 30 percent lower than bordering States in Northern India.

“I foresee and I hope that meet would be a platform and an opening avenue for the big business houses to invest in the State” he said speaking during one to one interaction meet with entrepreneurs at Mumbai today.

The State Government together with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had joined hands to introduce the potential for investments in various projects in Himachal Pradesh and the meet was held jointly by Government of Himachal Pradesh and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

The Government proposes to invite big industrial houses as to invest in the State and foreseeing the vast potential for the entrepreneurs by assuring ease of business, quality and reliable power, proactive and investor friendly administration besides attractive sector specific facilities. As far as power is concerned, Himachal is a Power State and instead we want to give uninterrupted power to the industrial houses in the State, he said while talking to the entrepreneurs..

We endorse and appreciate the role of private players in providing desired impetus to the economy of the State

Those who interacted with the Chief Minster were the TATA Company limited proposed to invest in Hydro-Power Sector in a big way and proposed to set up five to six projects and that to within a given time period. They also proposed the introduction of cable cars and ropeways in the State.

Mr Arun Nanda, Chairman and Director Mahindra & Mahindra while interacting in one to one meet proposed setting up Arts and crafts village and expanding resorts in lower belt of Himachal Pradesh for boosting tourism and setting up International educational institutes. He said that Mahindra & Mahindra have purchased their own land in Himachal and if the Government steps ahead to extend help in providing land to them at Dharamsala in Kangra District.

Mr. Apurva Parekh, Executive Director Pidlite, which at present is a major investor in the State intends to invest/expand its manufacturing facilities with an additional investment. The Chief Minister assured to extend help in whatever possible manner.

Mr. Manoj from Amarson limited and Meridian Group offered an investment of rupees 600-700 crore with interest-area in Solar and Bio Mass energy using obnoxious weed lantana and Pine needles for generating electricity and planning 10 MW Solar Energy project in the State immediately and a introducing House Boats in Pong besides Bird Culture towers on their own private land.

The Chief Minister welcomed their initiative said that the Government was paying for removal of lantana at Rs. 10 per quintal or so and there was no dearth of lantana which will also provide indirect employment to the local people. To start with they offered to produce 250 KW of Bio Mass energy project.

The Chief Minister also welcomed the Proposal of opening Medical Colleges in private sector in the State by DY Patil Group which at present were having as many 230 medical college in the Country and the World.

Ms. Arti Sharma and Mohnish Managing Director, representing Luminous Power Technology India also sought more investment and expansion in manufacturing facilities with additional investment of rupees 100 crore or so.

The investors who gathered appreciated the decision of the Government for holding such type of meet for the first time and evinced interest keen interest to invest in the State. Few Pharma companies also approached for expansion and investments in the State.

More companies as Glenmark, Hindustan Levers, United Phosphorous Limited, (UPL), HI Tech India Private Ltd besides, many other small and big business houses interacted with the Chief Minister and proposed to invest in the State.

Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister, V.C. Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary, Tarun Shridhar, Principal Secretary, Revenue, Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Finance & Taxation, S.K.B.S. Negi, Principal Secretary, Power, R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Industry & Labour, Rajinder Singh, Director, Industries, Rajinder Chauhan, Advisor Industries and Mohan Chauhan, Director, Tourism were also present on the occasion.

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Himachal Lost 408 Human Lives, 207 Animals in Winter Season Alongwith Extensive Horticultural, Agricultural Damages

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winter season loss in himachal pradesh 2019

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh suffered major loss and damage in the winter season due to heavy snowfall, avalanches, landslides, hailstorms, and heavy rains. Between January 1 to March 31, 2019. The state lost as many as 408 human lives and 207 animal lives. Similarly, 1346 houses, 9516 water supply schemes were damaged, 30,921 electricity lines were disrupted, 10,260 LT electrical poles were damaged. Besides, 13,733-kilometre roads length and 377-hectare horticulture crop area was affected during the period.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, who chaired a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Friday, released this information. The Team was on the three-day visit to the State to assess the damages and losses occurred during winter season-2019 in the State.

Based on this assessment, the State has submitted a memorandum of loss and damages to the government of India amounting to Rs. 374.21 crore.

The State suffered damage to the horticulture and agriculture sector to the tune of 0.54 crore, animal husbandry Rs. 0.19 crore, fishery 0.015 crores, housing Rs. 10.46 crore, community assets Rs. 2.50 crore, forest Rs. 6.78 crore, Public works department Rs. 242.27 crore, IPH Rs. 43.97 crore and Power Rs. 51.17 crore. Besides Rs. 16.32 crore have been distributed as ex-gratia for human lives lost during the calamities in the winter season, informed Director-cum-Special Secretary, HP Disaster Management Authority D.C Rana.

The IMCT team headed by Joint Secretary, KB Singh from Freedom Fighters Rehabilitation department assessed the damages at various places in Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts.

The other members if the IMCT were Director (Horticulture) Dr. M.N. Singh, Director (Expenditure) S.C. Meena, Deputy Director (Ministry of Rural Development), Deputy Director from Rural Development SS Modi, Director, Central Water Commission OP Gupta, Deputy Director, Power OP Suman, Regional Officer, Road Transport and Highways Vipnesh Sharma.

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Shimla-Rash Private Bus Driver Allegedly Rams Bus Loaded With Passengers Into a Parked Tipper

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Private Bus Accident in Shimla due to rash driving

Shimla-Private bus operators of Shimla are already infamous for rash driving and racing with each other, competing over timings. Several accidents and incidents of rash driving have been reported in the past as well. However, the laxity of the district administration and the police continue to encourage them to carry on with their death races.  

In yet another such incident, driver of a private bus ‘Rajendra’ rammed the bus loaded with passengers into a tipper parked on the roadside near BCS in Shimla City on Saturday evening. Fortunately, except a couple of passengers who received minor injuries, no one was hurt. The collision crushed the front part of the tipper. No one was present inside the tipper when the incident took place.

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While the driver cited mechanical fault ( broken axle) as a reason for the accident, the passengers narrated a different story. The passengers could be seen telling the police that the driver was driving very rashly right from the Old ISBT. Several passengers asked the driver repeatedly to not drive rashly. The driver and the conductor, the passengers said, did not listen at all. Rather, they told passengers that it’s not a big deal and nothing would happen.

The passengers also complained that the driver and conductor were continuously passing obscene remarks to drivers of other vehicles including tourist vehicles. They also alleged the driver appeared to be under the influence of some intoxicating substance.

On the other hand, instead of apologizing to the passengers, the driver was seen arguing with them in the presence of the police. While the driver of the bus and tipper arrived at a mutual compromise, the injured passengers were not taken for medical examination, and simply sent to fetch medicines from nearby chemist.

The passenger also complained that the police took their statements, which were not recorded, lightly.

The accident has again exposed how laxity on the part of the district administration and the traffic police is turning private bus operators into a mafia. This mafia doesn’t care for traffic rules or the lives of the passengers.

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Bilaspur – Girl Kidnapped, Molested, Then Thrown Out of Vehicle, Two Suspects Nabbed

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Bilaspur Kidnapping Case

Bilaspur-Safety of females in Himachal Pradesh is again in question as a case of attempted kidnapping and molestation was reported from Bilaspur district on past Wednesday.

As per the police, a girl, who is a student, got off a Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus near College Chowk in Roura Sector at approximately 9 PM on Wednesday. She was walking towards her home in Diara Sector when two men forcibly dragged her inside a white car taking advantage of darkness as power supply was disrupted due to stormy conditions.  The girl tried to escape but was overcome by the men.

When they tried to molest her, the girl began to shout loudly. The kidnappers then threw her out of the vehicle and sped away. The girl informed her parents about the incident, who then reached the police station and filed a complaint.

The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Verma, confirmed the report. He informed that a case has been filed for kidnapping and molestation. Based on the statement of the girl and CCTV footage, two suspects were arrested on the following day. On Friday, these suspects were produced in the court. The court has sent them to judicial custody till July 17.

Considering the sensitivity of the case, the SP said he would himself monitor the investigation.

Both of the arrested suspects were said to be sanitation workers employed with the town’s Municipal Council. After receiving permission from the court, an identification parade would be conducted.  No further details of suspects were released.

   

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