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HP Cabinet Decisions: Approves 4 schemes, filling up several posts including 123 of Forest Guard

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HP Cabinet Meeting Sept 24, 2018

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting held on September 25, 2018,  launched four schemes including Vigyan Gram Scheme in five districts of the State,  Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojna, Aaj Purani Raahon Se, and Dev Bhoomi Darshan Scheme. It also gave its approval to fill up various posts including 123 vacant posts of Forest Guards in Forest Department on a contract basis.

Bio-Methanation Plant in Kufri

The Cabinet gave its nod to engage M/s Bijson Innovations Pvt. Ltd., with Bijson Biofuel agency on PPP mode to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain a Bio-Methanation Plant of 2.5 MTPD capacity using Horse dung/biodegradable waste to bio-fuel on turnkey basis on end to end basis (waste collection till elimination) at Kufri in Shimla district.

It decided that now entire power from the hydroelectric projects upto 25 MW capacity shall be mandatorily purchased by HPSEBL at the generic levelized tariffs as determined by H.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Common Effluent Treatment Plant in Paonta Sahib

It provided 4412 sq. meter land of Industries Department at industrial area Gondpur in Paonta Sahib of Sirmaur district for setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plant to M/s Sirmaur Green Environ Limited as Special Purpose Vehicle on the lease of the token price of Rs. one by relaxing industrial policy.

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Other than filling of 123 vacant posts of Forest Guards, the Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 35 vacant posts of Assistant Professor/equivalent in Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni on a contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to start two new steams of B.Tech. Electrical Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering besides filling up of 21 posts of different categories in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar in district Shimla.

It also decided to create and fill up 10 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on a contract basis and fill up four vacant posts of Peon in Sainik Welfare Department on a daily wage basis.

It also gave its nod to fill up 14 posts of different categories in Himachal Hospital of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Shimla for its smooth functioning.

It accorded its approval to fill up two posts of Station Fire Officer, three posts of Driver cum Pump Operator and 20 posts of firemen on a contract basis in State Fire Department.

It decided to select 30 employees for posts of SAS-I &II from departments/boards, corporation etc. for training in Himachal Pradesh Public Administration Institute, Shimla through a competitive examination to be conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The Cabinet put its seal on the creation and filling up of 14 posts of different categories in Municipal Corporation Dharamshala on a secondment basis.

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the financial assistance (Old age Pension) of ex-servicemen and their widows from Rs. 500 per month to Rs. 3000 per month.

It also decided to provide 13 motorcycles to the Police Department for maintaining smooth plying of vehicular traffic in Shimla city.

It also decided to release Good Performance Incentive to employees of Himachal Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation @ 8.33 percent of pay, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 35,000 for the financial year 2016-17.

The Cabinet decided to provide forest/government land measuring 1-22-28 hectare on a lease basis in favour of M/s Shakti Hydro Electric Company Pvt. Ltd. for setting up of 3.5 MW hydroelectric project in Mandi district.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the honorarium by 20 percent per month from August 1 2018, of different categories of teachers appointed by the School Management Committee in various schools of the State Government.

Govt’s 4 Approved Schemes

Vigyan Gram Scheme will improve the yield of farm produce, income generation from off-farm activities as well as conservation and management of existing natural resources. It was announced for Gram Panchayat Chanju, Development Block Tissa in Chamba district, Mohani Panchayat in Banjar Development in Kullu district, Ghat Panchayat in Seraj Development Block in Mandi district, Piplidhar (Bainsh) Panchayat in Basantpur Development Block of Shimla district and Matal Bakhog panchayat in Rajgarh block of Sirmaur district.

The Cabinet decided to start ‘Dev Bhoomi Darshan Scheme’. The scheme envisages 50 percent concession in bus fare to senior citizens with age 70 to 80 years and above 80 years, it will be free.

The Cabinet gave its approval to launch ‘Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojna’ in the State for water harvesting and runoff recycling of rainwater. It would increase the crop yields and farm income by optimum use of stored rainwater by constructing water conservation and harvesting structures such as Check Dams and Ponds. An outlay of Rs. 250 crore has been made for five years duration.

It also approved to start ‘Aaj Purani Raahon Se’ Scheme in the State saying it would boost cultural tourism and help in preserving the cultural identity of the State.

It also gave its consent to launch individual/Beneficiary Group Handpump Subsidy Scheme in the State. Under this scheme, 75 percent cost shall be paid by the beneficiary and the balance 25 percent shall be paid by the IPH Department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to rename Government Degree College, Sunni as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Degree College, Sunni in Shimla district.

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur landslide nh 707

Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

lahaul-spiti cloudburst

After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

cloudburst in lahaul-spiti

According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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kinnaur landslide in batseri

Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

Video of landlside in himachal pradesh

On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

sangla valley landslide

As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

landslide in himachal pradesh

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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