SHIMLA -24 August, 2019

Governor and Chief Minister condole demise of Arun Jaitley

Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur have expressed deep grief over the demise of former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

The Governor said that Arun Jaitley was an intellectual and determined leader, excellent administrator and a political giant who made a lasting contribution to the country. He will always be remembered for his visionary leadership and his services to the country. As a Finance Minister, he took several important decisions for welfare of the people of the country.

The Governor has prayed for the peace of the departed soul and expressed his sympathies with the bereaved family members.

In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said that Arun Jaitley served the nation in several capacities and was an asset to the government and the party organisation. He said that knowledge and articulation won him several friends. It was during his tenure as Finance Minister that the nation took bold decisions like demonetisation and implementation of GST.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Shri Jaitley was a powerful orator and for many years he was the BJP's lead speaker in the Rajya Sabha.

“I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Arun Jaitley and have no words to describe the sense of grief and sadness”, said that Chief Minister.

He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

The members of the State Cabinet Mahender Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Sarveen Chaudhary, Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Vipin Singh Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Bikram Singh, Govind Singh Thakur and Dr. Rajiv Saizal have also expressed their deep condolences on the demise of Arun Jaitley.


82 roads restored for vehicular traffic in Chopal Division

Chief Engineer, Public Works Department (South Zone) Lalit Bhushan today visited Kupvi area of Chopal Assembly segment of Shimla district to take stock of the situation arisen due to massive landslides on roads due to torrential rains. He said that out of 95 roads in the Chopal division, 82 have been opened for vehicular traffic and remaining 13 roads will be made operative in two or three days.

Lalit Bhushan said that initially damages about Rs. 15 crore have been estimated to roads and bridges of Public Works department in Chopal Assembly constituency. Adequate men and machinery has been pressed into service in the area to open all the roads so that people do not face any inconvenience.

The Chief Engineer on Friday had visited Nerwa area of Chopal constituency and gave necessary directions to officials of the department for opening the roads at the earliest.

He inspected roads up to Fedaj with the officials and said that Sainj- Chopal to Nerwa-Fedaj road (70 Kms) is open for buses. He said that a portion near Nerwa Bazar is risky in rains and heavy damages have been caused at Ranabiar, four kilometers from Nerwa. He said that nallah channelization near Ranabiar was in progress to prevent more damages to houses.

He said that PWD was working round the clock for ensuring comfortable travelling to the people of the state.