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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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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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