Former horticulture minister Narender Bragta on Friday accused the Congress government for poor condition of roads in the state and loss to the horticulturists of the state.
Bragta said during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime,`78 crore was approved for a project of developing a road corridor to bypass congested areas for transporting the apple. According to the project, a road connecting Chhaila, Naipaul, and Kumarhatti to Haryana via Sirmaur was envisaged.
“This road project has been scuttled by the present government. Road projects listed in the priority lists of the state government have been started while this project had been put on back burner,” said Bragta here on Friday.
Seeking explanation, he said the government should come out with the fact that why the construction of this road was not started. “This project was envisaged by the BJP government and it is the only reason to scuttle it,” said Bragta.
Hitting out at chief minister Virbhadra Singh-led government he said, he (Virbhadra) should tell that what his government has done for the horticulture.
“Today road facility is worst and the government is not initiating any step to control the situation” he said, adding, “When the question of the Theog-Hatkoti road arises, government only finish its duty by criticising the BJP,”
Advising government and sitting Congress legislator Rohit Thakur of checking facts, Bragta said tender of the Theog-Hatkoti road was awarded by then Congress government in 2007 in spite of the fact that the World Bank tenders could not be awarded without forest and other clearances.
The state government wants to spoil Parala fruit Market project. He said the Parala fruit market was a big project for horticulture in the state, while the present government showed no interest in it.
Bragta, Kashyap for AIIMS near Shimla
At time when politicians are fighting for setting up Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in their respective areas, former horticulture minster Narender Bragta, who had charge of health minister for some time, pleaded the case of All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) before union health minister Harsh Vardhan near Shimla. Bragta was accompanied by Shimla Lok Sabha member Virender Kashyap. Bragta said Shimla is state capital but deprived of any big institute.