Himachal to provide Road connectivity to neglected areas on priority


Detailed Project Reports had been prepared to connect Bara-Bhangal in Kangra, Saach in Chamba and Rupi in Kinnaur with motorable road by spending Rs. 20 crore, Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 23 crore respectively which was most likely to be completed under ‘Operation Hope’ and dedicated to the people of the area within a month. This was revealed by Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister while reviewing the progress of road connectivity to Dodra-Kwar area of district Shimla here today.

He said that the road would be inspected by a joint team of experts which would ascertain its fitness after checking the alignment, standard width as per the norms to ply heavy vehicles on the road which would report to the Government within two weeks and testing of the road completed within the current month. He said that the inspection team would ensure fitness of the road for heavy vehicles.

Singh said that Dodra Kwar road upto bridge point in the valley was most likely to be passed for the heavy vehicles by the end of July, 2007 whereafter the road would be dedicated to the people of the area.

Chief Minister said that separate funds had been earmarked for developing the Chanshal ski slopes for winter sports since the slopes had been adjudged best for the snow games. He said that either side of Chanshal, which included Dodra-Kwar would get itself introduced to the world of sports and in coming years the area was bound to emerge a favourite destination for winter games, adventure sports and tourism activities. He added that the official machinery had been geared up to complete the ‘Operation Hope’ within the time frame period.

Subhash Negi, Principal Secretary, PWD apprised the Chief Minister of the progress of road construction in Dodra-Kwar and the other for which detail project report had been prepared. He said that major projects had been posed for funding to NABARD. S.P. Negi, Engineer-in-Chief, HPPWD, Vineet Kumar, Conservator of Forests, Shimla circle and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

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