Vision of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal to strengthen the Roads and Railways network in the National Capital Region got a major boost when the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi approved the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) at an estimated cost of Rs 5617.69 crore.

Chandigarh, September 15 – Vision of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal to strengthen the Roads and Railways network in the National Capital Region got a major boost today when the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi approved the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) at an estimated cost of Rs 5617.69 crore.

The HORC, a 121.742 km long new electrified Broad-gauge double line from Palwal to Sonipat, will be completed in five years. Soon after the completion of the Kundali-Manesar Expressway, which has been in dispute for long, the Chief Minister, was successful in getting the approval of several projects by the Central Government to ensure vehicular congestion-free National Capital Region. The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor will render rail travel facility to 20,000 passengers everyday other than carrying more than 50 million tonnes of freight every year. The concept of the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project was suggested by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal to the Prime Minister in November 2018 when the Prime Minister came to inaugurate the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway at Sultanpur, Gurugram. Various stakeholders of Gurugram also gave a presentation to the Chief Minister subsequently in February 2019. The Haryana Cabinet also approved the scheme in July 2019. On the initiative of the Chief Minister, a joint venture has been formed in Haryana under the name of Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, headed by Mr. Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary PW (B&R) Department. Various railway projects are being implemented in Haryana following the Public-Private Partnership, in which private stakeholders will also be able to invest.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala who also holds the portfolio of Public Works Department has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi for the approval of this project. He said that after the completion of this project, the vehicular congestion in Delhi will decline and the passengers going to Gurugram, Palwal-Faridabad will have direct access to better rail facilities. After the formation of Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal Eastern Peripheral Way, there is an existing route via road to Gurugram, Palwal-Faridabad and onwards to Agra. While giving detailed information about the project, Chairman of Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited and Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department, Mr. Arora said that along the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, a 50-meter strip has been laid towards Delhi and has been approved in Master Plan for NCR area.

Divulging more details regarding HORC he said that there will be 19 new stations on this railway track, including 14 new and five existing stations. Among the new stations are New Pirthala, Silani, Sohna, Dhulawat, Chandla Dungerwas, Manesar, New Patli, Badsa, Deverkhana, Badli, Mandothi, Jasaur Kheri, Kharkhoda Kirdi and Tarakpur. The HORC will have suitable connectivity to existing Palwal Station and proposed Pirthala Yard of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

With the implementation of this project, direct connectivity for districts of Gurugram, Sonipat, Palwal, Nuh and Jhajjar with all districts of Haryana will be attained, thereby, enhancing economic and social activity of the Haryana sub-region of NCR, added Mr. Arora.

Furthermore, this project will completely transform the industrial scenario in NCR region of Haryana and will help in developing the proposed Urban Centres i.e. ‘Panchgram’ along the KMP. He further added that the onset of the construction work of the project will generate 76.30 lakh Man days of employment during construction period. Thus, this project will also foster the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission’.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal upon his return to Chandigarh yesterday resumed his work by convening a high-level meeting of senior officers of various departments at his residence and reviewed the progress of various schemes and programmes

Chandigarh September 15: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal upon his return to Chandigarh yesterday resumed his work by convening a high-level meeting of senior officers of various departments at his residence here today and reviewed the progress of various schemes and programmes besides issuing necessary directions.

Various decisions like planning a film city in Pinjore, hiring of drones to check illegal mining, making Agri malls functional etc. were also taken in the meeting.

While reviewing the arrangement for the procurement of kharif crops in the State, he directed that every farmer registered on the “Meri Fasal Mera Byora” portal be asked to indicate their likely convenient dates for bringing their produce to the mandi of their choice as well as whether they would like to be paid directly or through the arthias. He directed the officers to make adequate arrangements for the purchase of farmers' produce in the mandis across the state. He said that it should be ensured that farmers do not face any inconvenience.

He also directed that the Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) programme be linked with HRMS. He said that PPP is a unique initiative of the State Government under which each family in the State is being provided a unique Identity. He said that PPP would ensure that people get the benefit of various welfare schemes and programmes at their doorstep. He said that this would not only save their precious time but also ensure transparency in the service delivery.

The Chief Minister directed to expedite the work of preparing property IDs in all Urban Local Bodies of the State for the convenience of people in property related works. He also reviewed the functioning of Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) and directed to take steps to further enhance their receipts.

Mr Manohar Lal directed to prepare a plan to develop a film city at Pinjore. He said that Haryana is appropriate for film production as hundreds of beautiful locations are available in the State. It may be recalled that Haryana Film Policy also envisages a Film City to be developed in public-private-partnership mode so that the people associated with the world of cinema can operate from a single place.

Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Mr Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr P.K Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Mr S.N Roy, DGP Mr Manoj Yadava, Director General, Urban Local Bodies Mr Amit Kumar Agrawal and other senior officers of the State Government.

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Haryana Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that in a bid to ensure uninterrupted health services during the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, an online health facility ‘Stay Home OPD’ has been started in the State.

Chandigarh, September 15- Haryana Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that in a bid to ensure uninterrupted health services during the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, an online health facility ‘Stay Home OPD’ has been started in the State. This facility has been started under the name of ‘e-Sanjeevani OPD'. With this, people suffering from various health ailments can get themselves registered on the ‘e-Sanjeevani’ app to get free online medical consultation, said the Health Minister.

Mr. Anil Vij said that due to the difficult circumstances arising due to COVID-19 Pandemic, people suffering from other medical aliments were facing a lot of problems, to solve which the Central Government has launched ‘e-Sanjeevani OPD'. This service has also been started in Haryana, under which so far more than 1000 patients have been benefited from it. This facility is being provided free of cost to all patients of the State. For this, patients will have to download the ‘e-Sanjeevani OPD’ app in their mobile, after which a token number will be generated.

The Minister said that the government is committed to provide medical facilities to every patient at their doorsteps and for this, any patient can get online consultation by connecting with the concerned doctor using laptop, desktop or Android smart phone while staying at home.

On this online platform, a patient can upload all his reports and get information about the disease and the required line of treatment from the doctor. After this, the doctor will also give an online prescription to his patient, which will be valid for all other health facilities in Haryana for medical treatment.

Health Minister said that due to COVID-19 Pandemic people may face many types of physical and mental problems. Therefore, if timely treatment and counseling is not given to such people, then there is a possibility that health aliments might get increased and to ensure this does not happen, ‘Stay Home OPD’ will be playing an important role. He said that this facility will be available for patients from 10 am to 1 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. A qualified team of physicians and psychologists are working for this.

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Along with traditional methods, modern technology should be used to clean the polluted water of Yamuna River flowing into Gurugram and Agra canal so as to ensure that people of these areas can be saved from life-threatening diseases caused due to polluted water: MOOL CHAND.

Chandigarh, September 15 - Haryana Transport, Mines and Geology Minister Mr. Mool Chand Sharma said that along with traditional methods, modern technology should be used to clean the polluted water of Yamuna River flowing into Gurugram and Agra canal so as to ensure that people of these areas can be saved from life-threatening diseases caused due to polluted water. Besides this, using modern technology for cleaning water will also ensure that this treated water be made available for irrigation of fields.

The Minister said this while presiding over a meeting of a committee constituted regarding discussion on water pollution in the Agra and Gurugram canal. Presentations were also made by three companies regarding the technology to be used to clean water. The Transport Minister directed the officers concerned to prepare a detailed plan regarding exploring possibilities of signing agreements with these companies, which will be discussed in the next meeting.

As many as seven MLAs attended the meeting including Mr. Satya Prakash, Mr. Aftab Ahmed, Mr. Maman Khan, Mrs. Seema Trikha, Mr. Rajesh Nagar, Mr. Praveen Dagar and Mr. Deepak Mangla. All these MLAs represent the affected districts namely Palwal, Faridabad, Gurugram and Mewat. During the meeting, the MLAs shared several suggestions to tackle the problem of water pollution.

It was informed in the meeting that the Yamuna River passes through the districts of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal in the state, covering a total area of 179 km in Haryana. The river then enters Delhi from Palla village in district Sonipat and covers 52 km from Palla to Jaitpur in Delhi. It then re-enters the state from district Faridabad near Okhla Head. The study of water quality from Palla to Gurugram Canal till Badarpur was conducted from January to August this year, which showed that clean water from Haryana goes to Delhi but as it reaches Badarpur border it gets polluted badly.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department Mr. Devender Singh, Director General, Urban Local Bodies Department, Mr. Amit Agarwal, Chairman, Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Mr. Ashok Khetarpal and Member Secretary Mr. S. Narayanan and other Senior officers were also present.

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Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora while appreciating the work being done by the Health Department to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic said that we need to put in more efforts to cope up with circumstances arising due to corona .

Chandigarh, September 15 - Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora while appreciating the work being done by the Health Department to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic said that we need to put in more efforts so as to cope up with circumstances arising due to corona in the near future.

The Chief Secretary held a review meeting on the management of COVID-19 with the nodal officers of COVID-19, Directors of Medical Colleges, all District Civil Surgeons and Chief Medical Officers through video conferencing here today.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora gave a detailed presentation of the present status of COVID-19 in the districts and the comprehensive strategies being adopted to deal with it.

Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora gave instructions to the Civil Surgeon to set up District Control Centres in order to deliver treatment to the patients on time other than ensuring regular updates on patients being treated in rooms available and patients in home isolation in all districts.

She further asked the officers concerned to ensure the availability of oxygen cylinders and medicines. She also asked the Medical Colleges and District Hospitals to work in complete coordination as a team so as to ensure care of referral patients in all tertiary level care institutions and to decrease the COVID-19 fatality rate.

Giving instructions on post-corona care, Mrs. Arora asserted that post corona follow-up of recovered patients should also be ensured. Furthermore, to prevent unnecessary gathering of crowd at Sample Collection Centres the Chief Secretary suggested for setting up of separate Collection Centres for patients and those who are to travel internationally along with those who have to join place of work as a report mentioning health status is to be submitted. She said that the condition of patients with home isolation should also be monitored so that they can be provided health facilities in case of any emergency. She further added that the Civil Surgeon should send his daily reports related to death, home quarantine, number of patients, tracing etc. to the Headquarters.

Mrs Arora said that ambulance service should be in appropriate condition in all the districts. Multi-disciplinary teams from all districts should discuss strategies in order to deal with serious cases of corona daily. Apart from this, all government and non-government medical colleges should set up control rooms in their institutions so that patients do not face any kind of difficulty. She also directed to increase testing facility for management of COVID-19, with focus on contact tracing, clinical management as well as increase in public awareness activities.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that if the active contact tracing is completed within a period of 72 hours, then the incidence of corona outbreak will reduce by 6 per cent and the fatality rate will reduce by 1 per cent. He instructed the officers of Charkhi Dadri, Kaithal, Jind, Fatehabad, and Palwal districts to increase test collection centres and lay emphasis on RT-PCR testing. After using the RT-PCR testing to its full potential, it should be supplemented by Rapid Antigen Testing Kits.

Among other present in the meeting were, Additional Chief Secretary of Medical Education and Research Department, Mr. Alok Nigam and Director General, Mrs. Amneet P Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority, Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena and other senior officials were also present.

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Polio Sub-National lmmunization Day (SNlDs) will be held in the selected parts of the country from September 20, 2020.

Chandigarh, September 15: While adhering to the directives issued by Government of India, the Polio Sub-National lmmunization Day (SNlDs) will be held in the selected parts of the country from September 20, 2020. However, during this period, SNIDs will also be held in High Risk Areas, including containment zones in 13 districts of Haryana namely Ambala, Faridabad, Gurguram, Mewat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Panchkula, Palwal, Panipat, Sonipat and Yamunanagar.

This information was shared in a virtual meeting held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Prabhjot Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Haryana here today. Officers from all the concerned departments attended the meeting.

In the meeting it was informed that due to consistent hard work the country and Haryana continue to remain polio-free since 2012. This war against polio has been won by effective coordination and support of all line departments who alongside the Health department has worked tirelessly to ensure all children receive Polio drops in every round.

Mr. Prabhjot Singh was apprised that on January 19, National Polio round in all 22 districts was conducted in Haryana. During this 3744399 children were immunized in the State. It was further informed that the second SNID scheduled to begin in June was deferred due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic situation. This first sub-national round offers an opportunity to build mass immunity against any potential threat of POLIO from across the border.

While directing officers of all the departments concerned to take all necessary steps so as to ensure Polio Sub-National lmmunization Day becomes a success, Mr. Prabhjot Singh said, “As you are aware, due to the unique challenge posed by the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic it is pivotal to have coordination and support of all to conduct safe, effective and qualitative campaign in the state.”

He said that with the closure of educational and technical institutions like nursing colleges all departments should support the Health department by identifying manpower especially for big urban areas, who can be trained to work as vaccinators in the polio round.

“WCD department should make special efforts to ensure all Anganwadi staff –workers and helpers are involved as an important part of vaccination team in their area and along with the Health workers micro-planning and due listing of beneficiaries in their areas should be done”, directed Mr. Prabhjot Singh.

He said that all departments especially DIPROs shall use all mediums at their disposal to create awareness and publicity regarding Polio in their districts.

He said that Ministry of Home Affairs has already provided an exception in the containment zones to conduct Pulse Polio Programme by considering the Pulse Polio Programme activity as an essential service. This effectively means pulse polio rounds are to be carried out in High-Risk Areas including containment zone, buffer and beyond buffer areas, he said.

Mr. Prabhjot Singh further directed the officers concerned to mobilize manpower from non-high-risk areas if needed to adequately cover all HRAs.

“I hope that with your valuable support state can again conduct a successful Pulse Polio round and sustain the hard won gains of Polio eradication” asserted Mr. Prabhjot Singh

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Haryana extends validity of Private Security Agency licences till December 2020

Chandigarh, September 15 – In a major relief to operators of Private Security Agencies, Controlling Authority of Haryana has extended the validity till December 31, 2020 of all licences issued under Haryana Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 which were expiring between April 1st 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Giving this information here today, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mr Navdeep Singh Virk, who is also the Controlling Authority of Haryana Private Security Agencies said that taking into consideration the present circumstances and the hardships faced by general public and private security agency operators, this step has been taken.

It is worthwhile to mention that Haryana Police have already granted licences to over 1050 private security agencies while more than 140 licenses have been renewed after the enactment of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act in the year 2006 in the country.

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Haryana Police have arrested a criminal wanted by Uttar Pradesh Police and carries a reward of Rs 25000 from Palwal district. A stolen bike also recovered from his possession.

Chandigarh, Sept 15– Haryana Police have arrested a criminal wanted by Uttar Pradesh Police and carries a reward of Rs 25000 from Palwal district. A stolen bike also recovered from his possession.

Giving this information here today, a spokesperson of Haryana Police said that arrested accused was absconding for the last 9 years after committing a robbery in U.P. He was nabbed by a police team after getting a secret input.

During preliminary interrogation, it was revealed that arrested accused was wanted in connection with a robbery committed in Noida of U.P. in 2011. He was absconding since then and Noida Police had announced a bounty of Rs 25000 on his arrest.

The arrested accused was identified as Hakim, a resident of district Nuh. A case under relevant sections was registered against him and criminal record of the accused is being examined. Further probe into this case is underway.