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Sundernagar to get ‘Smart Underground Dustbins’ worth Rs. 4.46 crore



Mandi: Sundernagar town of Mandi district will get Smart Underground Dustbins worth Rs. 4.46 crore, said the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on September 23 while he announced projects worth Rs. 35 crore for Sundernagar and Nachan area of the district online from the state Secretariat, Shimla.

He said 40 such underground dustbins will be placed in 13 wards of Sundernagar in the first phase. It will lead to a new concept in cleanliness especially in towns and cities, he said. He urged people to help in enhancing the beauty of hills through maintaining civic amenities and cleanliness at all public places and destinations of tourist interest.

Earlier, similar dustbins were provided in Dharamsala of Kangra district in June 2017. The government had claimed that Himachal was the first state to provide sensor-based underground dustbins at a cost of Rs. 12 crores.

However, the quality of work had come into question as some of the newly installed dustbins had caved in within one month of their inauguration by the Urban Development Minister, Sudhir Sharma.

These dustbins were said to be equipped with sensors that send SMS to sanitary staff when they are full. The sanitation workers can regularly track which dustbin requires to be emptied.

The CM dedicated Suket Shopping Complex that is built at a cost of Rs. 2.31 crore and has a provision of 74 shops and a restaurant.

Other projects included Rs. 20.29 crore motorable bridge to be constructed over river Satluj connecting Dhawal (Tattapani with Slapper)and Rs. five crore building of Government Degree College Dehar.

The Nachan Assembly constituency of the district also received a Rs. 1.49 bridge over Khandel-Nandi road crore and Rs. 1.55 crore Sianj bridge on Sianj Bara road at Khyod.

Image: File Photo/Dharamsala for Representational Purpose

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt



HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated



Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead



Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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