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Both Shimla and Dharamshala to be developed as Smart cities- Sudhir Sharma

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SHIMLA- Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma today said that the state government was committed to all round development of urban areas of the state through smart interventions.

He also said that both Dharamshala and Shimla would get opportunity to be developed as smart cities. This announcement came amidst speculations that Shimla was removed from the list of cities to be developed as smart cities. According to a report published in Amar Ujala and other English dalies like Times of India, Dharmashala was the new candidate. The news had revoked anger among Shimla residents.

Further, Sudhir Sharma said that in order to fulfill its objective to make urban areas smart, the state government was utilizing the flagship programmes launched recently by the Government of India. The Centre had recently launched Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT programmes to develop urban areas by providing basic infrastructure like water supply, sewerage and seepage management, storm water drainage, urban transport etc.

He said that Government of India has introduced competition criteria to select the cities for the smart city mission and state in turn provided opportunity to all cities in the state to compete. In the competition so carried out in the state, the city of Dharamshala scored highest and thus has been selected for inclusion in the smart City Mission. Under this scheme, Dharamshala would be eligible for the funding of Rs.500 crores during the project period of five years with equal matching share from the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Sudhir Sharma said under the AMRUT scheme, Government of India has fixed the population criteria and all cities with population of one lakh and above would be eligible to be included under the AMRUT scheme. Thus Shimla being the only city with population of more than one lakh, automatically gets included in AMRUT scheme, giving both Dharamshala and Shimla opportunity to be developed as smart cities.

He said the Urban Development Department has already embarked upon introducing the smart solutions in the cities; such as smart lighting, free WiFi services, smart service delivery via e-district project, smart municipal solid waste management system etc. and there was an opportunity to develop the towns into smart towns.

The Minister said the existing schemes of AMRUT and Smart City Mission have certain disadvantages for the hill states and these issues are being taken up with the Government of India. Firstly, the state government was going to request the Centre to restore previous funding pattern for hill state where by state contribution was 10% and 90 % contribution under JNNURM. Secondly since the towns in the Hill states are small in size due to its geographical setting, the state may be allowed to make clusters to be eligible for availing the benefit under AMRUT.

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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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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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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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