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Rs. 292 Crore Loan Agreement Signed with WB for Greater Shimla Water Supply & Sewerage Services

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World Bank Loan for Greater Shimla Area Water Supply and Sewerage services

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, Government of India and World Bank have signed Development Policy Loan – I ( DPL 1) amounting Rs. 292 Crores for the water supply and sewerage services in Greater Shimla Area in a meeting held at New Delhi today.

The total negotiated loan amount is Rs. 986 Crores

As per the official report, the components to be covered under Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Project include:

  • Construction of water supply system from Satluj and rehabilitation of Giri and Gumma pumping systems to supply 107 MLD at a cost of Rs 366 crore
  • Improvement in water distribution and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)  at a cost of Rs 270 crore,
  • Extension of sewage network at a cost of Rs 246 crore
  • Rehabilitation and a capacity addition of sewage treatment plants at a cost of Rs. 104 crore

These will ensure per capita supply of water to 135 LPCS (Litre per capita per day) besides round the clock supply universal coverage, the official sources claimed.

The State Government claims that this is the first Development Policy Loan in the water sector for institutional reform, volumetric tariff, water connections, energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Shimla’s water supply infrastructure with a capacity of 40 million litres daily (MLD) is unable to meet the current demand of 56 MLD. As elsewhere in urban India, around half the available water is lost to leakages and unauthorized siphoning. As a result, the water supply reaches citizens only once in two days and for limited hours. With at least 30-40% of the city’s population of around 200,000 not covered by the sewerage system, sanitation has also emerged as a public health issue in Shimla.

The State Government has, jointly with the Shimla Municipal Corporation, set up a dedicated utility which will take over WSS services for the city; these responsibilities were hitherto fragmented between different agencies and departments, leading to blurred accountability. This utility — the Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd or SJPNL – will run the city’s WSS system. Policy decisions such as setting water tariffs and subsidies will be done by the State Government and the City Municipality.

The $40 Million Loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 4-year grace period and a maturity of 15.5 years.

This DPL will help SJPNL orient itself as a customer-focused utility that has the technical capacity, governance framework, and performance-based management policies needed to provide reliable water and efficient sanitation to the citizens of Shimla,

said Mr Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director

Prabodh Saxena Principal Secretary Urban Development signed the loan agreement and Program agreement on behalf of Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Sameer Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, GoI signed the legal and program agreement on behalf of Government of India.

 Bandana Preyasi, Director DEA was also present in the meeting. Sh. Junaid Director Ahmad, Country and Smt Smita Misra, Team Leader represented the World Bank in the meeting.

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Himachal’s Pharam Industry to Help Meet Worldwide Demand of Hydroxychloroquine as 250 Units Resume Production: Govt  

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hydroxychloroquine production in Himachal PRadesh

Solan-The pharma industry of Himachal Pradesh is resuming production in majority of its units, the State Government informed today. About 250 pharma units have resumed production in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) area, it was informed. Most of these companies would be meeting out worldwide demand of hydroxychloroquine medicine in wake of coronavirus pandemic. 

Further, the State Government said that it would provide all possible help to the pharma companies in Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh area  to ensure smooth manufacturing of various life saving drugs including hydroxychloroquine.

Representatives of major pharma companies like Cadila, Dr. Reddys, Alchemist and Torrent also interacted with Chief Minister Jairam through video conferencing from Shimla.

The Government said that it would take necessary steps for smooth movement of workforce besides strengthening the supply chain of raw material and medicines from the pharma companies. Sufficient number of trucks would be provided to facilitate transportation of medicines from these companies. 

 The representatives of the various Pharma companies appreciated the steps taken by the State Government to facilitate them to start their operations.

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HP Govt’s ‘Fake News Portal’ Uploads List of Offenders to Check Circulation of Incorrect COVID-19 Info

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HP Govt Fake News Portal

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has launched a web portal for uploading information of fake and unverified news related to COVID-19. The purpose of the portal is to ensure appropriate action to check such news.

The Web portal could be accessed here.  A list of such offenders including social media platforms, online web portal, print etc have also been uploaded.

The information of the person reporting such fake news/false information about COVID-19 will be kept confidential. Provision of many security features like OTP etc. has been made in this web portal to ensure that such information is not provided by any anonymous person, the Government informed.

Apart from this, people can report information about fake and unverified information circulating in media related to COVID-19 on e-mail: [email protected] or whatsapp number 9816323469.

The public has also been requested to bring fake news related to COVID-19 being telecast or broadcast or circulated by any media platform to the notice of the Fake News Monitoring Unit constituted by the Government so that necessary action could be taken.

The Government said that newspapers, television news channels and digital/social media are making significant contribution in dissemination of factual information related to COVID-19. Due to this, the people of the state are getting correct information about this epidemic.

However, the Government said that it has also been noticed that news media, especially some social media platforms, were circulating unverified information related to COVID-19, thus, creating panic in the public.

All media platforms and all the stakeholders have been urged not to spread rumors and unverified news and to cooperate with the Government in providing the verified information to the people in order to fight for prevention of spread of this epidemic in the state together.

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Seal Coronavirus Hot Spots in Himachal, Wearing Masks to be Made Mandatory: HP Govt

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Shimla-Hotspots of coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh must be sealed to prevent further spread of the virus, the State Government directed the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State on Thursday. Chief Minister Thakur said that at present Kangra, Chamba, Sirmaur, Solan and Una districts are such hotspots.   

Jai Ram Thakur said that there will be no relaxation in curfew in hotspot areas. The directions were given to district officials that essential commodities must be provided in such hotspots through the home delivery system. Plying of vehicles will be banned in these areas.   

All public places of hot spots would be sanitized. The Active Case Finding Campaign would be launched in these areas besides opening fever clinics. Persons reporting fever and cough symptoms would be tested.

The State Government said that wearing masks would be made mandatory. The NGOs have been urged to come forward in providing home-made masks to the people. 

The officials were also directed to immediately install CCTV cameras in all major religious places of worship in Himachal, which will help to trace out people disobeying the Government orders. Strict action will be taken against such violators, the Government said.

Further, Charitable Hospital Bhotain Hamirpur district, S.S. Memorial Ashirwad Hospital Chamba, Civil Hospital, Sarahan, district Sirmaur and Agarwal Hospital Jwalamukhi in district Kangra have been notified as Secondary Care Hospitals.

Daily Update COVID-19 Himachal Pradesh

So far, as many as 5035 persons had been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State so far out of which 2556 people have completed 28 days of surveillance period. Ton Thursday, a total of 114 persons were tested for COVID-19 in the State. Out of this number, 57 samples have been found negative and report of 57 samples is still awaited.

Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman confirmed that, as of now, a total of 773 persons have been in the State for coronavirus. He said that presently reports of 28 people have been found positive, out of which two persons have been discharged. Besides, four persons have migrated to other State. The State has reported one death due to COVID-19 He said that remaining 21 persons were under treatment in the hospitals of the State. 

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