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Season’s first spell of rain, snow not sufficient, be ready to tackle drought-like situation: HP Govt

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Shimla: This winter season’s first spell of snow and rain did knock at the doors of Himachal Pradesh but mostly remained confined to higher reaches of Chamba, Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmaur, and Kullu. Today, the State woke up to a wonderful sunny day.

This short spell of snow and rain is not sufficient and the drought-like situation still looms large in the State. The State still remain rain deficient and the groundwater levels are still decreasing.

While snowfall in Shimla and its surrounding tourist destinations like Kufri and Narkanda has brought a big smile on the faces of those dependent on the hospitality industry, the worries for the agrarian and horticulture community have hardly lessened by the scattered rain.  

District-wise list of rain/snow and maximum temperature in Himachal on Jan 23,  2014

Station Max. (oC)  
Rainfall(mm)/Snowfall(cm)
Shimla 12.2 Rainfall 5.5 mm  Snowfall 0.5 cm
Sundernagar 11.8 6
Bhuntar 14 0
Kalpa 10.6 0
Dharamshala 15.8 7
Una 11.4 12
Nahan 16.5
Keylong 4.2 0
Palampur 16.7 0
Solan 13.6 10
Manali 10.6 0
Kangra 12.4 3
Mandi 13.9 0
Bilaspur 11.8 3
Hamirpur 11.8 0
Chamba 12.8 0
Dalhousie 4.9

 

The tourist from neighbouring Punjab and Delhi are thronging Shimla.  About 200 routes including the Shimla-Rampur Highway were still closed due to snowfall at the time of writing.

Govt tells Horticulture, Agriculture, IPH, Animal Husbandry to be prepared 

HP govt meeting on drought like situation in Himachal Pradesh

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur yesterday evening, in a review meeting, again directed the line departments like Horticulture, Agriculture, Irrigation and Public Health and Animal Husbandry etc. to gear up and make necessary arrangements while there is still time.

The Meteorological Department had predicted rain and snow from January 23-25. Thereafter, the sky is predicted to remain partly clouded but no rain or snow.  

Besides drinking water problem, acute shortage of fodder for animals still haunts the State.

Though as predicted by the meteorology department, there was scattered rainfall in the State today, it seems that the rainfall won’t be sufficient to douse jungle flames,

said the Chief Minister.

 In light of the forecast next month we have to take steps for preparedness and response in order to tackle the present drought-like condition,

added the Chief Minister. 

If the weather remained dry during next couple of weeks, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will provide adequate funds to provide relief to the farmers for crop damage, drinking water supply and ensuring adequate fodder and water for livestock.

The district administrations have been told to be ready for the tendering of water tankers in water scarcity areas.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahendar Singh said agriculture and horticulture sectors are slightly affected due to deficient rainfall in districts like Chamba, Shimla, Solan, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una and Sirmaur.

The IPH department and the deputy commissioners are told to ensure the water quality testing per week to the subdivision level in wake of jaundice cases reported during January. 

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Rs.18 Crore Mandi Shiv Dham Project Tender Allotted for Rs. 36 Crores, Alleges Sudhir Sharma  

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Mandi Shiv Dham Project Tender

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, and Mandi Shivdham project, which he claims to be his dream project, has landed in controversy ahead of the polling for the by-polls scheduled to be held on October 30.

AICC secretary and former minister, Sudhir Sharma, on Saturday released a statement in which he alleged HP Tourism Development Corporation of indulging in corruption in allotment of tender for the Mandi Shivdham development project. He alleged that against the sanctioned limit of Rs. 18 crores, the tender for the development of the first phase of the project was granted to a Mumbai-based company “Generic Engineering Construction & Projects Limited” in February this year.

The project involves structural construction of replicas of 12 Jyotirlings, site development etc., as per the tender.

He also said that the Chief Minister himself holds charge of the Tourism Department.

Sudhir also furnished some documents related to the tender allocation to support his allegations.

He further informed that the tenders were first invited for the first phase between November 24 and 25, 2020. At that time, the estimated cost was mentioned to be Rs. 18 crores. Four companies responded to the invitation and participated in the tendering process. However, by February this year, the tender was allotted to the above-mentioned company for Rs. 36 crores.

Sudhir questioned the state government over doubling the cost and asked the Chief Minister to provide the public with an explanation for this.

“This money belongs to the State and it should be spent on public welfare,” Sudhir said in a statement released on Saturday.

He also demanded action against those involved in this alleged act of corruption.

Sudhir further alleged that instead of taking care and undertaking beautification of already existing temples and religious places in Mandi – also known as Choti Kashi- Chief Minister jumped to a new location with his dream project. He also alleged that the government didn’t even obtain forest clearance for this project and several trees were axed.

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Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing

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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal

 

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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