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Watch: Carelessness of Electricity Board almost sets a Shimla locality on fire

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Shimla: On Friday morning, panic gripped the lower Totu locality of Shimla city as some power supply lines of the Electricity Board caught fire due to sparking. The cable kept burning for over 20 minutes because the officials of the Electricity Board did not take their complaint seriously, alleged the locals.

As per a local resident Nagender Gupta, at about 7:30 AM, the residents saw a sparking on an electricity pole. A retired Executive Engineer (XEN) from the Electricity Board Ravinder Kumar contacted the 66 KV sub-station in Tutu and told the official to cut down the power supply after informing about the sparking. However, the official did not show any sense of emergency.

When the sparking continued, another phone call was made to the official at the sub-station asking him why the supply wasn’t shut down. The official replied that he would have to discuss it with senior officers.

The sparking continued for about 20 minutes and the cable continued to burn. The locals were panicked as it posed a risk of fire breakout in their congested locality. However, they had no option but to watch helplessly and pray that it does not lead to any disaster.

Locals were enraged that the officials concerned took the matter so casually despite that fact that the informer had identified himself and the locality while conveying the information.

Mr Ravinder also tried to reach the Assistant Engineer of the sub-division Suresh Kumar but could not as the phone call was not picked up.

The locals have questioned the Board why so much time was taken to cut down the supply under such an emergency situation.

Would the employees let such sparking set entire locality on fire if they fail to reach their senior officials under such grieve circumstances,

asked Nagendra Gupta.

He asked who would have been responsible in case of a fire breakout that could have led to a major disaster including a threat to lives. 

Mr Nagender has urged the Energy Minister and the management of the Electricity Board to immediately issue orders to all employees regarding the action to be taken under above-mentioned circumstances.

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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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