SHIMLA-02 July, 2020

CM directs officers to ensure time bound completion of the developmental projects

  • Lays foundation stones and inaugurates projects worth Rs. 5.61 crore

While presiding over a review meeting of various developmental projects being undertaken in Mandi district at Vipasha Sadan Mandi today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to ensure time bound completion of the developmental projects to avoid cost escalation and to provide benefits of development to the people in time.

Jai Ram Thakur said that work on developmental projects worth Rs. 4000 crore were being executed in Mandi district. He said that these include civil works in PWD, Jal Shakti, HPSEBL, Tourism, and other departments. He said that in Mandi town developmental projects worth Rs. 200 crore were being executed which include ADB assisted Rs. 41 crore beautification projects, Rs. 83 crore Drinking Water Augmentation Project for Mandi Town, Rs. 69 crore Sewerage Scheme, Rs. 50 crore for roads, buildings and bridges and Rs. 25 crore Victoria Bridge which had been inaugurated.

Chief Minister said that as many as 137 PWD projects have been sanctioned for the district with a project cost of Rs 1202 crore, which includes 77 projects worth Rs 344 crore under PMGSY. He said that as many as 54 drinking water, irrigation, sewerage and flood protection projects were also under execution in the district by the Jal Shakti Department with a total investment of Rs 1535 crore.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the announcements of Chief Minister must be given top priority. He directed the officers to ensure that any hindrances and bottlenecks should be removed immediately. He said that any laxity in this regard would be viewed seriously. He said that special focus must be laid on projects nearing completion for their time bound completion. He said that the Corona pandemic has adversely affected the pace of development, thus extra efforts must be made to complete the projects within the time period. He also directed the officers to use funds allocated to the respective departments within stipulated period and any lapse in this matter would be viewed seriously. He also stressed the need for optimum utilisation of un-utilised funds by the departments.

Chief Minister said that the monsoon season was round the corner and directed the officers to make adequate preventive arrangement to minimise losses due to rains.

Later, the Chief Minister laid foundation stones and inaugurated developmental projects worth Rs. 5.61 crore on the occasion, which include inauguration of District Panchayat Resource Centre under National Gram Swarozgar Abhiyan to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.40 crore, laying of foundation stones of bye pass from Treasury Office to Sakodi Bridge to be completed by spending Rs. 2.71 crore and Trekkers Hut to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh under Nei Rahen Nei ManzilenYojna.

Earlier, while interacting with the party functionaries, Chief Minister said that the Corona pandemic was not yet over and one must remain cautious so as to check spread of the virus.

Chief Minister was also presented a cheque of Rs. 1.50 lakh by Chairperson Nagar Parishad Mandi Suman Thakur towards H.P. SDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund on the occasion.

Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Transport and Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur, Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma, MLAs Anil Sharma, Inder Singh Gandhi, Jawahar Thakur and Prakash Rana, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta, Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur, SP Mandi Gurdev Sharma and other officer were present on the occasion.

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Atal tunnel would be dedicated to the people by September: CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Atal tunnel would be completed by the end of August this year and Prime Minister would dedicate this project to the people of the country probably during the month of September. He was addressing the people at Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti district today.

Chief Minister appreciated the people of Lahaul Spiti for effectively tackling the corona pandemic. He urged the people of the district to keep the good working going on as this crisis was not yet over. He said that the country was fortunate to have an able and strong leadership in form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the number of death due to COVID-19 in the fifteen most developed countries with a population of 142 crore was about five lakh, whereas in India having a population of 135 crore, about 17,000 had lost life due to Corona till date.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the situation in the State was quite under control. He said that there was sharp increase in corona patients in the State as over two lakh people stranded in different parts of the country were brought back to Himachal Pradesh. He said that the people of the State need not to worry as the Government was fully aware of the situation.

Chief Minister assured the people of the area that the State Government would ensure adequate availability of funds for developmental works. He said that since the working period was limited, therefore efforts must be made for time bound completion of various developmental projects in the area.

Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda welcomed the Chief Minister to his home constituency and thanked him for evincing keen interest in time bound completion of the ambitious Atal Tunnel. He said that this would open new vistas of tourism activities in this picturesque district besides generating employment and self employment avenues to the youth.

Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Transport and Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur, MLA Banjar Surender Shourie, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta, Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Kamal Kant, SP and other officers were present on the occasion.

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State Government relaxes conditions of maintaining 60 percent occupancy in state carriage buses

The Spokesperson of the state transport department said here today that the government has allowed to relax the conditions of maintaining 60 percent occupancy in the state carriage buses. This will be subject to maintaining social distancing and that no standing passenger would be allowed in the buses during journey.

He said that other conditions not related to maintaining 60 percent occupancy as mentioned in this Department Notification of even number dated 30.05.2020 shall remain the same.