SHIMLA -20 April, 2018

 CM directs to construct Shimla Heliport within a year

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.

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 SHIMLA -20 April, 2018

 State level Civil Services Day to be organised at HIPA

 The state level Civil Services Day will be organised on 21 April 2018 at Shimla. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will inaugurate the function by launching digital literacy mapping portal, online trainee e-registration portal and compendium on RTI Act, 2005.

 Secretary, Administrative Reforms Dr. Purnima Chauhan today said that the Chief Minister will also launch the new edition of magazine Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) besides H.P good governance index and compendium of HP Public Services Guarantee Act, 2011.

 She said that the theme of the Civil Services Day for this year was 'New India: shaping the future' and function would be organised at all district headquarters in the state on this occasion. The main function would be organised at HIPA, she added.

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 SHIMLA -20 April, 2018

 Special transport policy to be devised for hilly states

 Transport Minister Shri Govind Singh Thakur while participating in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on various issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

 He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state had been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps were being taken to minimize the road accidents. He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there was need to develop alternate modes of transport like rope ways, sky buses and mono rail etc. in Himachal Pradesh.

 The suggestions of Shri Govind Singh Thakur were well appreciated by all the Transport Ministers and a Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Shri Chander Mohan Patwari. The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time period.

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 SHIMLA-20 April, 2018

 Progress in NHAI road projects will be reviewed regularly: CM

 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.