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Centre approves DPR preparation for 58 NHs in Himachal: HP Govt

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DPRs for NHs in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: The Government of India has approved preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) in respect of 58 national highways in Himachal Pradesh out of total 63 national highways (NHs) for which DPRs are to be prepared, the State government informed on Friday during a meeting with senior officers of the State and National Highways Authority of India.

As per the government statistics, the road density of existing national highways in the State was 47.65 kilometres per thousand square kilometres as compared the National average of 38.40 kilometres per thousand square kilometre.

The government claimed that the road density after the construction of the 69 new highways in the State would increase to 125.11 kilometres per thousand square kilometres. Presently, the State has 2653 kilometres national highways and after the construction of newly announced national highways it would increase to 6965 kilometres, it was informed.

These national highways on completion are supposed to provide alternative routes to neighbouring States like Haryana, Punjab, Uttrakhand and Delhi for transportation of apple and other produce.

The proposed Rohru-Chirgoan-Tikkari-Larot-Chanshal-Dodra-Kwar national highway would provide an alternative link to Haridwar/Char Dham religious places in Uttrakhand in addition to boost tourism activities.

The government has expressed displeasure over the four laning work of Kiratpur-Ner Chowk highway and said that work should be expedited by deploying additional men and machinery on this road since it has a heavy flow of traffic. The officers of NHAI are supposed to complete Parwanoo-Solan section of four laning work at by March 2019.

Clearances regarding forest and structural removal are considered as major bottlenecks in the completion of the projects being executed by NHAI. The executing agencies are told to identify such stretches of road which were easily manageable and various clearances have been accorded.

The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi and Tarun Kapoor, Engineer in Chief PWD R.P. Verma, Regional Officer, National Highway Authority of India G.S. Sangha, Project Director NHAI Lt. Col. Yogesh, Special Secretary, Environment, Science and Technology D.C. Rana, Chief Engineer, National Highway B.K. Sharma and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

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

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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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