Shimla: Laying out fresh norms for allotting fair price shops, the Himachal cabinet today gave the go ahead for inviting fresh bids for a delayed large hydropower project, relaxed the norms for completion of Jakhu ropeway and approved setting up a special unit for acquiring land for a four lane highway to Manali.
Presided over by chief minister Virbhadra Singh the cabinet decided to invite global bids for the 960 MW Jangi-Thopan-Powari hydroelectric project to be set on Satluj River.
In an earlier bidding round in 2006, the project was allotted to Brakel Corporation, a small company registered in Holland but came unstuck as the winning bid was contested by rival companies in court.
Stalled for many years for having violated high rise building norms in the city, the cabinet today permitted relaxation for the Jakhu ropeway project.
A cabinet spokesman disclosed that the relaxation has been included for 6 non habitable floors and in height of the building. Earlier the contentious structure was permitted 11 floors but now is expected to have 13 floors marking it as the tallest concrete structure in the city.
The cabinet also approved construction of a multilevel parking at Tutikandi. The 11 storey building will have parking facility on its 8 floors besides two floors would be used for office and one for restaurant.
Towards four laning of the Ner Chowk-Kullu-Manali road, the cabinet approved setting up of a special land acquisition unit at Pandoh, Mandi to speed up the process of acquiring land for the ambitious project.
The cabinet also decided to invite applications for allotment of self identified or identified hydropower projects that has a generation potential of upto 5 MW.
The cabinet cancelled the Baggi Nallah Small Hydel Electric Project (SHEP) and Ghayagi project falling in district Mandi and Kullu respectively but decided to restore cancellation of Joiner II (3MW) project in district Chamba. It was also agreed to extend commercial operation date of small hydroelectric projects.
Fresh consolidated guidelines for opening of new fair price shops were approved by the cabinet whereby preference of allotment would be given to single women, widows, mahila mandals, women cooperatives, physically handicapped persons, ex-servicemen and unemployed persons.
The cabinet approved a proposal of not allowing any Technical and Vocational educational Institutions to make admissions in any course in violations of the prescribed norms of Central and State Regulating bodies from 2014-15 session onwards
Failing to abide by the guidelines would invite the regulatory body actions, said a cabinet spokesman.
Approval was granted to issue an no objection certificate for opening of an BSc nursing institute by Shankutla Memorial Charitable Trust Chamba that would have an annual intake of 40 students.
Nod was given to make Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan a constituent college of HP Technical University, Hamirpur so as to avail grant-in-aid on the analogy of Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar.
Cabinet approved to amend the rules for grant-in aid to non-Government colleges.
Approval was given for starting Plumber, Mechanic (Refrigeration and Air Conditioner) and Digital Photographer trade courses at Government ITI, Shahpur in Kangra district from academic session 2014-15. It was also decided to start one new course in each of Government Polytechnics at Rohru, Chamba and Kangra.
The cabinet put its assent on up-gradation of Kupvi Sub-Tehsil to Tehsil and opening of Sub-tehsils at Deha in Chopal and Haripur Dhar in district Sirmaur.
The cabinet approved that 50% promotional avenues for appointment in HAS will henceforth comprise of 25% from Tehsildars and 25% from other categories based on inter-se seniority, out of which 17% will be from the BDOs cadre.
The cabinet approved transferring of PWD Divisions Sarkaghat and Dharampur from administrative control 8th PWD circle Hamirpur to 1St PWD Circle Mandi. Approval was also given for creation of additional Division for NH-305 that is the Sainj-Jalori-Banjar-Aut road
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