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1500 solar street lights worth Rs. 3.50 crore among projects announced for Baddi

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Rs. 2292 cror on irrigation and drinking water facilities, Mega Tool Room worth Rs. 102 crore at Baddi,  installation of 1500 solar photo voltaic street lights in BBNDA worth Rs. 3.50 crore

SOLAN- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, at a public meeting at Baddi in Doon constituency of Solan district, announced various developmental projects for the region. Government launched the installation of 1500 solar photovoltaic street lights in BBNDA at a cost of Rs. 3.50 crore and also inaugurated Baddi Mahila Thana

He said the State Government would open more educational institutions wherever required after taking into consideration the strength of the students. However, rationalization of those institutes would be considered where the number of students was less.

Present government had ensured equitable and speedy development of all areas of the State irrespective of regionalism or any other considerations, the CM further claimed.  Today, all the panchayats had access to roads, electricity, potable water, irrigation facility and health facilities and efforts were afoot to link every village with motorable road, he said.

He gave a clarion call to the people of the State to adopt organic farming, horticulture, floriculture and vegetable production at a large scale by taking advantage of modern techniques to increase their income.

He claimed government was providing subsidy on these sectors under various schemes and Rs. 1115 crore Horticulture Development Project was also being implemented to strengthen the horticulture sector.

Referring to the development of Baddi area, Virbhadra said a Mega Tool Room amounting to Rs. 102 crore was being established and Plastic Engineering College had also been opened besides establishment of a Trade Centre by spending Rs. 15 crore which would go a long way in strengthening the industrial sector. Additional funds would be provided for those irrigation schemes of the constituency which were nearing completion during this financial year. A  sum of Rs. 2292 crore was being spent to provide irrigation and drinking water facilities in the areas of the State, he added.

CM said all the persons living in the Barad colony in the area would be provided houses soon as it was the responsibility of the government to provide shelter to the homeless people.

Nalagarh Truck Operators Union presented a cheque of Rs. 11 lakh to him for towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the St. Lukes School, Kotla (Baddi), science block of GBSS Nalagarh along with inauguration of Jharmajri drinking water supply scheme which, he claimed, will benefit 4693 persons of the area. Further, he laid foundation stones of Jawahar Lal Nehru Park worth Rs. 4.50 crore in Nalagarh,  police Line at Kishanpura worth Rs. 1.95 crore and indoor stadium of BBNDA to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crore.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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