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Kangra village women unite against Biomedical Waste Treatment Plant fearing ground water pollution

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SHIMLA- A gathering of close to 500 people comprising mostly of women in one voice opposed a Bio-medical Waste (BMW) Treatment Plant that has come up in their village Dhugiyari in Kangra District. The villagers came together to place their demand for closure of the plant to the Pollution Control Board, which was carrying out a site investigation based on the order of the the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The villagers have been agitating for the last two years since the construction of the plant owned by Ms Suraksha Bio Sanitzers Limited started. In March 2015 a local organisation formed by some residents of the village, Manav Kalyan Sanstha,filed a petition in the High Court praying for the closure of the plant on the grounds that the unit located on the river bed of the Manjhi Khad would be a hazard for the local population owing to pollution which it would cause.

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In January this year the High Court of Himachal ordered a stay on the project and on March 2, 2016 directed the Pollution Control Board to carry out a site inspection of the unit and also hear the villagers of the surrounding areas and submit a report to the court.

The stack of the unit is at an aerial distance of less than 30 to 50 m from the habitations and farms in the village. Close to 25 families will be at a risk of air pollution.

However, the village is also concerned about the pollution of ground water as a result of toxins leaching from the tank of the unit, said Pavan Kumar, a resident of the village and one of the leaders of the Manav Kalyan Sanstha.

Women who gave their testimonies and statements to the Inspection team of the Pollution Control Board also raised the issue that there was no public consultation before setting up of the plant.

Villagers do not know who owns the plant, what its capacity is, what kind of waste would be brought there and what the entire treatment process would be and what would be the pollutants released from the plant

said members of Himdhara Collective supporting the locals.

Biomedical Waste Treatment Plant Kangra

While the pollution control board’s regional office seems to have granted a consent to establish to the plant in 2013, no documentation related to the renewal of this consent, or compliance reports are available to the public.

Photo Credit: Sumit Mahar and Manshi Asher

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

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The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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