Discussed bypoll, next Assembly elections with PM Modi, says Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur

Discussed bypoll, next Assembly elections with PM Modi, says Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. File photo

Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 19

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had detailed discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the four forthcoming byelections, including the one to the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, during his recent visit to Delhi.

“Discussions were held with the Prime Minister regarding the byelections to the Jubbal-Kotkhai, Fatehpur and Arki Assembly seats and the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency,” he said in an informal interaction with mediapersons here today. He added that the Prime Minister also enquired about the preparedness for the next Assembly elections. Thakur returned from Delhi yesterday.

“I also took up the matter of pending projects concerning Himachal, including the bulk drug and medical devices park, which need to be expedited as all formalities have been completed,” he said. He added that some projects had been pending with the Central Government due to the pandemic.

Thakur said that he had also urged Modi to provide liberal funds for the construction of the proposed greenfield airport at Nagchala in Mandi district. “The Lidar survey for the proposed airport has been done. This airport is important from the strategic point of view, and it will also give a boost to tourism in the area,” he added.

He said that he had urged the Prime Minister to inaugurate the 111 MW Sawara-Kuddu hydro-electric project and lay the foundation stones of the 210 MW Luhri Stage-1 hydro-electric project worth Rs 1,810 crore and the 66 MW Dholasidh hydro-electric project. He added that these three projects would cost about Rs 4,200 crore.

He said 44.16 lakh doses, including10.45 lakh second dose, of the Covid vaccine had been administered in the state.

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