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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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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam

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Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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