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Rs 250-cr Kol Dam water supply scheme for Shimla to ensure supply for another 100 years: HP Govt

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Kol Dam Himachal

SHIMLA- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh yesterday said that Government had approved new lift water supply scheme for Shimla town amounting to Rs. 250 crore from Kol Dam. The State would take loan from Asian Development Bank or World Bank through the Government of India to complete this ambitious scheme. The scheme would solve the water problem of the town and its surrounding areas and would ensure regular water supply for another around 100 years.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Ganj Bazar here after laying foundation stone of Sanatan Dharam Shala-cum- Multipurpose Hall to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore.

He said that the Shimla town was being beautified and various basic facilities were being developed to facilitate the local people as well as tourists. The Government was spending Rs. 150 crore on beautification of the town by financial assistance from Asian Development Bank besides its own resources. He said that Anaj and Sabzi Mandis would be shifted to some suitable place to decongest the Lower Bazar. He lauded the efforts of Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Shimla for its humanitarian initiatives.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of new building of GSSS Sanjauli to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. He directed to construct a playground on the top of the Sanjauli Car Parking to facilitate the children of the school and directed to complete the entire work in a stipulated time period by working in two shifts.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Multipurpose Stadium in Engine Ghar ward of the Sanjauli area to be developed by the Youth Services and Sports department at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.86 crore out of which Rs. 50 lakh had already been released. He announced to open a Primary Health Centre at Sanjauli and directed the authorities to find out some suitable place for construction of PHC building which would also have residential accommodation for its staff. He also directed for preparing a comprehensive plan to widen the roads in Sanjauli area besides constructing new roads and developing civic amenities.

He also laid foundation stone of new building of GSSS for girls, Lakkar Bazar which would be completed at a cost of Rs. 7.72 crore. He directed to improve the entrance, main gate and widen the path of the school. He thanked the H.P. Wakf Board for providing land on lease for construction of five storyed school building.

He also announced a sum of Rs. 1.5 lakh from his discretionary fund to the school children of GSSS Lakkar Bazar and Rs. 21,000 to children of GSSS Sanatan Dharam Ganj Bazar for promotion of cultural activities.

Chief Minister said that keeping in view the importance of education in the overall development of society, the State Government had accorded top priority for expansion of education sector. The Government had given emphasis on opening degree colleges in the remote and rural areas so as to benefit the youth in getting higher education nearer to their homes. Today the literacy rate of the State was one of the best and it would not have been possible without opening schools and colleges in rural areas.

He said that the strength of students was constantly going up in these colleges and particularly the girls have been most benefited as parents were not willing to send their daughters to far- off places for getting higher education.

CM also said that many educational institutes of repute like IIT and IIM have been opened in the State and added that the Government was strengthening the network of educational institutes.

Local MLA Suresh Bhardwaj thanked the Chief Minister for taking up various developmental projects for the Shimla town. He urged for taking necessary steps to develop Shimla city as Satellite city and to direct the Municipal Corporation Shimla for not charging extra billing on water besides unnecessary sewerage cess.

Vice Chairman, HP Tourism Development Corporation Harish Janaratha, Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar, Chairperson State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Kiran Dhanta, and other prominent persons were also present on the occasion.

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Himachal: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Crosses 1000 Mark, State Govt Directs Admins & Police to Show Strictness in Implementing SOPs

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update april 12

Shimla– Reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh continues to report a huge surge in daily new cases and fatalities. On Monday, the state recorded 1089 cases – the highest in 24 hours this year. Nine more people succumbed to the infection, taking the COVID-19 death tally to 1111. Highest three deaths were reported from Una district, followed by Mandi (3).  View more details on fatalities below:

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Kangra district reported the highest 249 cases, followed by Solan (166), and Lahaul-Spiti (114). Find more district-wise details below:

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Source: HP NHM

Today’s cases also include former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, who tested positive. Earlier, his son Vikramaditya had also tested positive for COVID-19. Pertinent to mention that Vikramaditya Singh had campaigned in the Municipal Corporation elections that were concluded on April 7. 

Further, 18 cases were reported from Pine Grove School, Solan. 

The state government, which had been mostly showing a casual approach towards the surge since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, is now coming hard on it in its review meetings.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is now asking elected representatives of the local bodies to ensure that the people strictly follow the SoPs regarding temples and marriages.  The PRI members are being directed to motivate and advise the old people, those with co-morbidity to avoid going to public places as they are most prone to this virus.

“Such persons must be reverse quarantined meaning that their movement outside their houses should be minimized to the extent possible,” Chief Minister today said.

Yesterday the state government had made it mandatory for people arriving from seven high load states to carry RT-PCR negative report. The decision would apply from April 16 onwards, the government had decided.  However, he had added, that the state would remain open for tourists.

Chief Minister has asked the representatives of the PRI to keep an eye on the people visiting from other State, particularly from the high load states.

“As far as possible such people must be asked to remain in home quarantine for 10 to 14 days and getting themselves tested for COVID-19 and should not mix with the general public of the area,” he said.

The Transport Department was directed to ensure the sanitization of buses and other public transport.  Shopkeepers were told to strictly follow the ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy. Private bus operators were also asked to properly sanitize their buses and also ensure plying buses without overcrowding.

District administrations were asked to ensure that social functions such as marriages etc. strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events.

Chief Minister said that action if required could be taken against the violators.

The District administration of Kullu district was directed to ensure that all the tourists visiting the district strictly follow SoPs issued from time to time. He told the administration that all the guidelines need to be followed and implemented strictly.

He said that the Ayurveda Department must also provide ‘kada’ to the patients under home isolation. The Police Department was directed to ensure that no casualness be adopted by the tourists, particularly in tourist spots such as Manikaran, Kasol, Manali etc.    

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur, informed that 1,33,878 total sample done in the district, active cases were 443 and positivity ratio was 8.25 percent and fatality rate 1.2 percent. He said that 51 per cent cases in the district were from urban areas.

 

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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