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

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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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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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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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