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Shimla MC Polls 2017: Reservation details among 34 wards released, May 1 last date to submit objections

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State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections.

SHIMLA– For Shimla Municipal Corporation elections 2017, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh has notified the reservation among the thirty four (34) wards in the municipal areas of the Shimla. The date and schedule for elections is still to be notified.  The number of wards has been delimited to 34 from 25 in 2012.  SMC is one of the oldest Municipal Corporation of India. This year, the SMC polls will be held in indirect manner where councilors will elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. In 2012, the direct elections were held for SMC in which public had given chance to CPI(M) by electing Sanjay Chauhan as the Mayor and Tikendar Panwar as Deputy Mayor of SMC. However, government has again switched the mode to indirect from direct.  This year, the candidates will be fighting without party symbols.  

Reservation Details for all 35 wards

Ward General Un-reserved Schedule Caste
1. Bharari Female    
2. Ruldu Bhatta   Un-reserved  
3. Kaithu   Un-reserved  
4. Annadale     Female
5. Summer Hill Female    
6. Totu   Un-reserved  
7. Majiath   Un-reserved  
8. Boileauganj Female    
9. Kachi Ghatti   Un-reserved  
10. Tuti Kandi-Badai   Un-reserved  
11. Nabha     Female
12. Phagli     Male
13. Krishna Nagar     Male
14. Ram Bazar   Un-reserved  
15. Lower Bazar   Un-reserved  
16. Jakhoo Woman Female    
17. Benmore Female    
18. Engine Ghar Female    
19. Sanjauli Chowk   Un-reserved  
20. Upper Dhalli Female    
21. Lower Dhalli   Un-reserved  
22. Shanti Vihar Female    
23. Bhattakufar Female    
24. Sangti Female    
25. Malyana   Un-reserved  
26. Pantha Ghati   Un-reserved  
27. Kasumpati   Un-reserved  
28. Chhotta Shimla Female    
29. Vikas Nagar     Female
30. Kangna Dhar Female    
31. Pateog Female    
32. New Shimla   Un-reserved  
33. Khalini     Male
34. Kanlog Woman Female    

Earlier, the voters list released for SMC polls faced widespread criticism for its discrepancies. The voters were either missing or were shifted to other wards. After the criticism, the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, who is also the Returning Officer for polls, had released revised list. As per the revised list, the number of voters in Malyana ward was increased from 171 to 481, while Bhattakuffar (855) and upper Dhalli (880) are the only wards with less than 1,000 voters.

In Krishnanagar ward, the number of voters was reduced to 3,803 from the previous 4,105, while the wards with more than 3,000 voters include Khalini (3,520), Rulduibhatta (3,393), Vikasnagar (3,143) and Annandale (3,137). As per the revised list, the number of voters is now 75,843 in the SMC polls.

However, even the revised poll lists didn’t appear justified to parties. The parties claim that names of thousands of voters are still missing.

On the other other hand, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh while disposing of the matter regarding preparation of electoral rolls has directed that the State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections. A spokesperson of the State Election Commission said that any eligible person could submit his claim/objection on the above said dates in these offices, so that they can exercise their right to franchise in the ensuing elections to SMC.

The final voters’ lists will be published on May 4.

As per 2011 census, the population of the SMC area has rose from 1, 42,553 in 2001 to 1,69,578. Considering the increase in the population in the various wards, the number of wards was increased this year.

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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