Fulfilling the long pending demand of people of Chamba, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday announced new inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) for the town and directed the district administration acquire adequate land as soon as possible so work on the same could be started at earliest.
He made the announcement while presiding over the prize distribution function of Minjar fair which concluded on Sunday.
The chief minister said by constructing the new ISBT, better facilities would be made available to locals, besides people visiting from other parts of the state.
“Continuous bus service would also be made available in new ISBT, while a taxi stand would be constructed near along with a parking for vehicles,” said Virbhadra.
He directed the deputy commissioner of the district to ensure the construction of the Government
Degree College building in a time-bound manner and to provide additional land for extension of the college campus.
Appreciating people of Chamba for preserving rich traditions and cultural heritage, Virbhadra said, “Rich handicraft of the district has a unique identity in the country and abroad and the state government was committed for conservation of rich culture and art of the state.”
The chief minister said during his previous tenure, Chamba witnessed its millennium celebrations and completing 1000 years of its existence was a matter of pride for any city or town.
Elaborating on various public welfare schemes being run by the state government, Virbhadra said the services of 2,100 Para Teachers, who had completed 10 years of service, will be regularised, while PTA provided teachers will be taken on contract after eight years of service thereby benefiting 6,300 teachers.
He said the honorarium of 3,500 primary assistant teachers in the elementary education department had been enhanced to Rs 8,900 per month.
Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, MLA Asha Kumari, chairman, State Pollution Control Board, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, and vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation, Kewal Singh Pathania were also present on the occasion.