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Politics delayed Bilaspur’s Baagchal bridge construction, will be completed by 2019: CM

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In 2016, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh had slammed the state and centre government over such a long delay and wastage of public tax money. The court had asked why government wasted the money on the pillars without proper assessment of the strata. 

Bilaspur -While addressing a gathering at Ghandir in Jhanduta Assembly segment in Bilaspur district, once again the Chief Minister Virbahdra Singh gave another assurance to the locals over the revival of abandoned construction work of the Baagchal Bridge over Sutlej in Bilaspur.

The Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone of the bridge in 2005 and the tender was allotted to the Gammon Indian Private Ltd. More than 18 crores were already spent by the year 2008. In 2017, the bridge is still far away from completion.

After allotment of tenders in 2005, the company worked for three years. The work was to be completed by 2008. But in 2008-9, the work was abandoned. As a matter of fact, the bridge was very crucial for the socio-economic development of the region. But both BJP and Congress government ruled the state during this period but none of them could complete it.

The villagers had no choice but to take the grievance to the court over the delayed construction of the bridge. In 2016, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh had slammed the state and centre government over such a long delay and wastage of public tax money. The court had asked why government wasted the money on the pillars without proper assessment of the strata. 

The bridge was expected to connect Naina Devi and Jhandhuta. A population of over 20,000 of 17 panchayats located on left bank of Govind Sagar and 25,000 of 19 Panchayats on the right bank of the river were desperately waiting for the early completion of the project.

The bridge would have cut down about 70 kilometers from the distance between two destinations.Currently, people travel 100 kilometers to reach Bilaspur and Swarghat from Jhanduta. This distance would have shortened to only 13 kilometers – a huge relief to the population of over 45,000 people.

Currently, people travel 100 kilometers to reach Bilaspur and Swarghat from Jhanduta. This distance would have shortened to only 13 kilometers – a huge relief to the population of over 45,000 people.

The bridge was also meant to shorten the distance between Chandigarh and Shah Talai. He said that the delay in construction increased expenditure to Rs. 15 to 20 crore.

On Friday, in view of assembly elections, the CM again revived the hope of the people. He informed than an additional amount of rupees 16 crore was sanctioned for completion of Bagchaal bridge.

He said that Gammon India stopped decking work on the ground as strata around the pier was not the same as envisaged during designing the foundation. However, revised proposal for the foundation of bridge pier was submitted and now again the Gammon India Limited has taken up the job for completion of the bridge.

The Gammon India Private Ltd is given two years to complete the construction of the bridge, said the Chief Minister

The Chief Minister blamed politics played over the construction of Baagchaal Bridge for the delay in its completion.

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

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Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

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The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

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On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

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