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No more water-shortage in hotels of Shimla, Govt and hoteliers assure tourists

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Hotels in Shimla assures regular water supply

Shimla: As the popular tourist destination Shimla recovers from acute water-scarcity that had derailed the daily life of the people, the tourism activity is also gaining normalcy. The hoteliers have assured that the tourists won’t face anymore inconvenience related to water-shortage.

At least hotels will ensure that tourists are not put to any inconvenience,

Sanjay Sood, the President of the Restaurant & Hotels Association, North India, said when Himachal Watcher asked him regarding the probability of a shortage during rest of the peak tourist season.

In the last review meeting, the government had informed that the water supply to the city had reached upto 37 Million Liters per day (MLD) that had earlier dropped below 20 MLD. The government had also assured that the situation was under control now. 

The inflow of tourists did take a hit due to water shortage in the capital city, but things are in better shape now. There should be no apprehensions in visiting the city, as the Guest Service is our prime concern,

Sanjay further added.

The hoteliers have assured that the state government has made adequate arrangements and water supply is being ensured to hotels in order to facilitate tourists.

The hotel industry in Shimla expressed their gratefulness towards the Acting Chief Justice, Sanjay Karol, for his intervention in resolving the issue and ensuring proper water supply and distribution.

The hoteliers have also urged the media to highlight the normalcy in water supply through its reports so that tourism could regain momentum in the state.

The Association would also make efforts to create awareness and encourage the hoteliers in Himachal to adopt water conservation methods like rainwater harvesting.

I use rain-harvesting in my hotel at Chaura Maidan in Shimla. We use the harvested water for gardening and toilets,

Sanjay said.

During the past 10-15 days, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh faced its worst water crisis and witnessed its negative consequences as well. The chaos for drinking water hit the people hard. The widespread and daily protests in various Wards of the Shimla Municipal Corporation had begun to take a hostile form. 

The Shimla Police has booked over 400 protestors during the crisis. Clashes between the police and protesters were also reported. 

For rest of the World, the historic town became a case study in water scarcity caused by drying up of natural resources and poor management. The scarcity made headlines in International media as well.

At the same time, the economy of the town also took a hit as occupancy rate had dropped by almost 50 percent. The hoteliers had to cancel bookings and sell bottled water to their guests. As an embarrassment for the historic town, the mismanagement of water supply and distribution had compelled hoteliers to supply water to guests in buckets.

The public was circulating messages asking tourists to give a break to the town until the water scarcity ends. It was the worst nightmare for the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department as well as the hospitality industry.  This message is still in circulation. 

However, now the Government and the hoteliers are expecting to regain the lost momentum so that remaining peak season could witness growth in tourist footfall.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Mushroom cultivation in himachal pradesh


Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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UHF Nauni, SJVN joins hands to train 800 farmers/orchardist to start own enterprises

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UHF Nauni and SJVNL training farmers in Himachal

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation have come together to provide training and improve the expertise of Himachal farmers, informed Suchet Attri, the Public Relations Officer, UHF.

The objective of the agreement is to motivate the farmers to start their own enterprise by using modern agriculture and horticulture technologies, said the PRO.

The two organisations have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh under which UHF will be organizing 32 trainings at its main campus and different stations,

said Suchet Attri.

The varsity said under the agreement, it will be organizing trainings of one-week duration for farmers from different districts of the state. Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year.

The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings. This is the second instance that the UHF’s Directorate of Extension Education has signed this MoU,

Suchet Attri.

The participants will be trained on the various aspects of agriculture and horticulture including the modern technologies used in these fields. This year, the trainees will also get a chance to visit the farms of progressive farmers so that they can acquire firsthand experience and get motivated to start their own ventures, the PRO informed.

The MoU was signed between Avdesh Prasad, SJVN AGM and Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, UHF’s Director of Extension Education. Dr Mai Chand, Joint Director (Training), Dr Anil Sood, Extension Coordinator and Dheeraj Gupta from SJVN were present on the occasion.

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Nigerian man arrested by shimla police with chitta

Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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