Tribune News Service
Solan, September 20
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today handed over keys of flats to slum dwellers under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme in Parwanoo.
He said it was necessary to rehabilitate slum dwellers by providing them hygienic dwellings and for this, Rs 1.5 crore had been incurred on this project. As Parwanoo is the gateway to Himachal, the town should give a good impression to visitors.
He said the slums demolition had risen as cities were being spruced up under various programmes. An initiative for creating housing facilities for slum dwellers was crucial and it also fulfilled Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of achieving Clean Bharat.
He said Rs 1 crore for the upgrade and maintenance of various industrial roads would be transferred soon.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of 200 kiosks for street vendors on which Rs 6.30 crore would be spent. Two commercial complexes of HIMUDA would be constructed at a cost of Rs 88 crore at Parwanoo.
Virbhadra stated this while addressing a public meeting at Kumarhatti in Solan district after inaugurating a multipurpose hall and playground named after him at Kumarhatti on which Rs 6 crore was spent.
He said the government decided to introduce an annual scholarship of Rs 5,000 for girls of BPL families under the Beti Hai Anmol Yojna. This would also benefit girls undertaking professional courses.
The CM also laid the foundation stone of leprosy hospital at Lohanji on which Rs 4 crore would be incurred, besides laying the foundation stones of BDO office building at Dharampur.
The Chief Minister dedicated lift water supply scheme, Kiarua Jandori, to public and also inaugurated a 33 KV substation, Gandhigram.
CM also announced upgrade of a primary school, Dabhog, to middle school.
State Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh, while addressing a gathering, said the government was committed to strengthening the sports infrastructure. He said sportsmen, who had brought laurels to the state, were being provided government jobs and Sushma Verma, an international cricketer, and Ajay Thakur, an international kabaddi player from Nalagarh, had been appointed as DSPs.
With the State Planning Board Gangu Ram Musafir also making his presence felt, there are assumptions that he is vying for a ticket from Kasauli for the Vidhan Sabha poll. Two more candidates, Vinod Sultanpuri, who had lost the last poll by a slender margin, and Namita, member, State Women’s Commission, were also present.
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