Himachal Cabinet Sanctions 7 New Bus Stands

Shimla: The Himachal cabinet on Monday gave its nod for construction of new bus stands at Hamirpur, Chintpurni, Una, Baddi, Parwanoo, Manali and Dhalli in Shimla.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet decided to construct modern bus stands at these places on a design, build, operate and transfer basis under private public partnership mode, said a cabinet spokesman.

The cabinet also approved the financial model, concessionaire period, bidding parameters and Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of modern bus terminus and commercial complex document for execution of the proposed projects, he added.

Cabinet decided to continue with present policy of cost subsidy and transport subsidy on fertilizer. It decided to initiate effective and concrete steps to promote organic farming amongst agriculturists and horticulturists of the State.

Besides creating 150 jobs of supervisors in the Social Justice and Empowerment Department on contract basis, the cabinet also created 37 posts of different categories to get the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Institute of Engineering and Technology at Pragati Nagar in Shimla district functional.

To revamp fire fighting services, the cabinet sanctioned purchase of 14 vehicles for which an amount of Rs 1,27,56,689 was sanctioned by the cabinet. The vehicles to be bought include 11 advance water tender vehicles and 3 quick response and mini water tenders, said the spokesman.

The cabinet also approved scaling up of a veterinary dispensary in the remote region of Chota Bhangal in Kangra district into a veterinary hospital.

Paying homage to Sathya Sai Baba, the cabinet passed a resolution to mourn the demise of the spiritual guru and also observed a two minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul.

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