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Health Minister says people praising BJP Govt for its efforts to deal with Shimla City’s water crisis

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Health Minister vipin singh parmar on water crisis

 Shimla was facing water crisis only because of mismanagement and lack of farsighted vision on the part of Congress party, Parmar said.

Shimla: Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, in a media statement, said that the people of Shimla town are appreciating Bhartiya Janata Party-ruled government the way it responded to the acute water-scarcity of Shimla, which continued today as well. 

While Congress blames the ruling government for not being prepared for the summers, Parmar put the entire blame on the previous Congress government. He was reacting to a statement of Congress leader Mukesh Agnihotri regarding water crisis in Shimla.

Shimla was facing water crisis only because of mismanagement and lack of farsighted vision on the part of Congress party, which held the reins of the state for a very long time in the state. He said that no effective step was taken by Congress, which remained in power in MC also for a long time,

he said.

Parmar said that the situation today had been different only if previous Congress government had made any detailed project for resolving water shortage in Shimla. He said that although Congress governments kept making false promises to people regarding bringing water from Kol dam, Pabbar and Satluj rivers, however, no concrete decision came up.

Chakka jam in shimla city for water

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While the people are still facing water scarcity and staged protests on Thursday too, opposed to the public’s response, the Minister claimed,

People were aware that due to inadequate rainfall, water sources have dried up and the water level has gone down and many drinking water projects were also affected and therefore water crisis has arisen in Shimla.

As a matter of fact, the BJP is facing severe criticism from its own Ward Councillors, especially for Mayor’s China tour in the middle of such crisis. The Councilors of Engine Ghar and Dhalli Ward were today sitting on a dharna (protest) outside the Shimla Municipal Corporation’s office.  However, later, the party managed to convince them to end the dharna.

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The Minister believes that the Chief Minister is taking very effective steps like the division of the city into three zones and water is being distributed according to schedule. He also believed that the people are appreciating these efforts. Water will be ensured to all in one or two days through this arrangement, he said.

The Minister advised Agnihotri to cooperate with the government.  

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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

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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

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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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