The State Government would review the progress in four laning of all the major road projects being executed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) regularly after three months so as to ensure that these were completed within the stipulated time period. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while reviewing the progress on four laning work of different sections of Kiratpur-Ner Chowk-Pandoh-Kullu-Manali and Parwanoo-Shimla roads with the officers of NHAI here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the government would provide wholehearted cooperation to the executing agencies in getting various clearances at the government level. But at the same time it would be the duty of the executing agencies to strict to the targets of completion, he added.
He said that since both these major highways had heavy flow of tourist vehicles, it must be ensured that the work was carried out in such a way that it causes minimum inconvenience to the tourists and general commuters. He said that work should be expedited on the sections of road which had been accorded different approvals.
The Chief Minister said that the work should be carried out as per specifications and no compromise should be made on quality. Expressing concern over delay in preparation and approval of utility shifting estimates, the Chief Minister said that the matter should be taken up at the earliest with the appropriate authorities so that un-necessary delay in taking up the work could be avoided.
Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that four laning executing agencies should ensure that minimum environmental hazards were caused due to these projects.
Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Shri Anil Khachi apprized the Chief Minister about progress made in the projects.
Additional Chief Secretary Smt. Manisha Nanda, Regional Officer, NHAI Shri Gursewak Singh Sangha, Project Director, NHAI Col. Yogesh and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.
Governor Acharya Devvrat today released the book ‘Turning Point’ written by Narinder Parmar at Raj Bhavan.
While appreciating the work of the author, the Governor said that the book would go a long way in helping the people particularly the students to change their mindset and habits to overcome the challenges of life. It would also help the individual to prioritize his goals and to know which direction he should move.
Narinder Parmar is the Director of Get Results Education and Training Consultants, Australia, Fellow of Institute of Management and Leaders (Australia), educator, master NLP practitioner, International motivational speaker and an author.
He said “motivation acts as trigger to make you get up and going, however, motivation may not last long. It may then lead to frustration when not getting the required results in life.’’ However, mindset was about changing thoughts, which then results in changed behaviour and changed behaviour helps in forming habits and changed habit will give lasting results, he added.
Chief Secretary Shri Vineet Chawdhary MD, HPMC Shri Dinesh Malhotra were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today visited the site of proposed Heliport at Dhalli bye pass near Shimla along-with the senior officers of the state government.
He directed the Tourism department to call tenders immediately for starting construction of the Heliport and complete the work within time period of one year. He also directed the Public Works department to improve the link road to the proposed site of Heliport.
The Chief Minister said that the Heliport in Shimla would prove to be a platform for promotion of high end tourism in the state. He said that state government was giving added priority for expansion of tourism activities in the state for which basic infrastructure would be strengthened.
Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism) Smt. Manisha Nanda and other senior officers of the Tourism, Public Works departments and district administration were present with the Chief Minister.
The State Government would develop unexplored and virgin areas of the State from tourism point of view for which a budget of Rs. 50 crore had been earmarked. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a public Meeting at Chhatri in Seraj Assembly constituency of Mandi district today after preforming Bhumi Pujan of up-gradation of Pendapani Gattu and Brayogi to Lassi roads to be completed at a cost for Rs 3.21 crore and Rs. 4.70 crore respectively.
He said that the work on Garagushaini to Bagrachatri road would be metalled by spending Rs 7.20 crore and Rs 3.17 crore would be spent on mettaling and tarring of Tippri-Bhajauni road while Rs. 5.48 crore on construction of Bajjori to Chawog road.
The Chief Minister was given rousing welcome on his arrival at the Chhatri helipad and main market Chhatri. Thousands of people stood alongside the road from helipad to Magru Mahadev Temple Complex Chhatri and showered petals on their beloved leader during his maiden visit to this area after becoming the Chief Minister of the State.
He thanked the people of the area for giving him wholehearted support. He said that his only motto was ‘Shikhar par Seraj’ and it was for the first time that Mandi district got top position in the Government. He said he was also thankful to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah.
Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that now the days of politics of regionalism and cap politics were over. His government would ensure balanced and overall development of every section and every area of the State. He said that in the very first cabinet of the State Government, eligibility age of senior citizens for getting pension without any income limit was lowered from 80 to 70 years. About 1.30 lakh such elderly people have benefitted from this decision and this would put an extra burden of Rs 200 crore on the state exchequer.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government has opened Sub Tehsil at Chhatri for the convenience of the people of the area. The Jhenjehli issue was unnecessary flared-up by some political adversaries as they could not digest the development of the area.
He said that the Budget presented by him for the year 2018-19 has 30 new schemes for the welfare of all sections of people in the budget, which was a record in itself. The Government has decided to use 15 per cent of the income of the temple of maintenance of Gau Sadans, besides Rs 1 per bottle of liquor.
The Chief Minister said the State was fortunate to have benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged the people to strengthen his hands in 2019 as well.
He announced Rs. 20 lakh for bus stand at Chhatri, starting of bus service between Shimla and Chhatri, Rs. 16 lakh for Rest House Chhatri, Rs. 15 lakh each for six panchayats and Rs. 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Chhatri.
He also visited the famous ‘Magru Mahadev’ temple of Chhatri and performed ‘Puja’.
A cheque of rupees one lakh was presented to the Chief Minister by BJP Shakti Kendra Bagarathack towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
Chief Minister was honoured by various associations, organizations and manchs on the occasion.
MLA Karsog Shri Hira Lal said that it was the people of Seraj area who need to be congratulated for electing Shri Jai Ram Thakur continuously for fifth term. He said that the State was blessed to have a honest and dedicated person in Shri Jai Ram Thakur as the Chief Minister of the State. He said that Himachal Pradesh was bound to scale new heights under his leadership.
MLA Anni Shri Kishori Lal said that the budget presented by the Chief Minister has 30 new schemes, which speaks of the commitment of the Chief Minister towards the development of the State. He said that the 100 days tenure of the State Government has seen some unprecedented initiatives and developmental milestones. He said that Himachal Pradesh would emerge as a front runner State of the country under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur.
Seraj Mandal BJP President Shri Sher Singh while welcoming the Chief Minister said that people of Seraj had great expectations from the Chief Minister as they know that a new era of progress and prosperity had ushered in the area.
Vice President, District BJP Shri Jodh Singh, speaking on the occasion said that the whole district in general and Seraj area in particular was blessed to have Shri Jai Ram Thakur as the Chief Minister of the State. He requested the Chief Minister to take initiatives to promote the area from tourism point of view.
Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Chhatri Shri Ajit Rana said that the Chief Minister was aware of the developmental needs of the area. Smt Ritu Sharma former Pradhan of Chhatri Gram Panchayat also welcomed the Chief Minister. She thanked the Chief Minister for starting ‘Guidya Helpline’ for the safety of the women in the State.
OSD to the Chief Minister Shishu Dharma, Deputy Commissioner Mandi Shri Rugved Thakur, SP Mandi Shri Gurdev Sharma were present on the occasion among others.
Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today visited Kashaini village in Rohru Sub Division of Shimla district to meet the affected families whose houses were gutted due to devastating fire on Tuesday night.
He said Rs. 2.50 lakh would be provided to each family for construction of houses besides releasing adequate funds for construction of road to Kashaini village. The victims would be provided timber through TD and if required, efforts would be made by the Forest Corporation to provide more timber on subsidised rates. He directed the Irrigation and Public Health department to take effective steps at the earliest for augmentation of drinking water supply scheme to the village.
The Chief Minister said district administration had provided Rs. 10,000 each to the victims as immediate relief besides making provision of community kitchen. The government would also make efforts to stop recovery of loans for a time period of one year from the victims, he added.
He said the state government would provide financial assistance for the marriage of a girl of victim family whose marriage was scheduled for in next few days.
Jai Ram Thakur said that government would identify suitable place for construction of houses at Kashaini, however if fire affected families were willing to reconstruct their houses at the same place, then government would make provision of road up to this village. He urged the social organisations to come forward for the help of these families.
Local MLA Narender Bragta, Mayor, MC Shimla Kusum Sadrret, Chairman, State Cooperative Bank Khushi Ram Balnatah, OSD to the Chief Minister Shishu Dharma were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today flagged off the Swachhata Jatha from 'oak over' on the occasion of 'Swachh Bharat Parv' under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan today. He also administered oath of cleanliness to the representatives of Municipal Corporation Shimla and nearby Panchayats.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said that Swachatta Abhiyan was an ambitious endeavour of the Prime Minister Shri Narinder Modi to make our nation clean and salubrious. He said that the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan would be launched throughout the country and state from 14th April to 5th May.
He said that the campaign would cover all the Gram Panchayats, development blocks and districts of the State.
Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that various activities would be carried out throughout the state. He urged the people of the state to give their whole hearted support to make the campaign a grand success. This would not only make the state one of the frontrunner in efficient implementation of campaign but also add to its beauty. He said that Himachal Pradesh has been awarded Rs. 20.50 Crore for doing commendable work in the field cleanliness.
Secretary Rural Development Dr. R.N. Batta, Director Rural Development Shri Rakesh Kanwar, Mayor MC Shimla Smt. Kusum Sadret, Deputy Mayor Shri Rakesh Kumar were present among others.
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