Industry minister Mukesh Agnihotri on Tuesday spelled out an elaborate developmental plan for Una district, covering various departments.
Talking to mediapersons at the circuit house, he said the ambitious Rs 922 crore channelisation project for Swan river tributaries would not only boost the agriculture economy of the district, but also minimise the risk of flooding and soil erosion.
The minister said all activities pertaining to the channelisation project, including conducting model studies, compiling detailed project report, according administrative and financial approvals and coordinating documentation works within various central and state offices, was done during the past six months, adding that the project would soon be launched.
Agnihotri said deliberations were on with the Indian army authorities for setting up three establishments here, including the state's first Canteen Stores Department (CSD). He added that the district administration has proposed a number of sites, but the army was yet to finalise one.
The minister said a depot of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has been finalised to be set up in Pekhubela village of Una district, for which 60 acres had been identified.
He said an investment of Rs 800 crore would be made under the project, which includes Rs 400 crore for laying the petroleum pipeline. He said the CSD and IOC depots would give a big boost to the region's economy.
Agnihotri said mandatory requisites for opening an Indian Institute of Information Technology, estimated at Rs 120 crore had been completed. Regarding the private investment of Rs 20 crore in the project, he said the HP Power Corporation, Transmission corporation and Roltas India would be equal partners, adding that a tri-party agreement would be signed soon. He said while the construction of the building at Saloh village would be completed by 2020, classes would start in the coming aacademic session from a temporary accommodation.
The industry minister said one of the three new industrial areas announced by the chief minister would come up in Pandoga village of the district, for which land measuring 150 acres had been identified. He added that new roads from Laluwal to Ajauli via Tahliwal industrial area estimated at Rs 15.15 crore and another one from Bankhandi to Jhalera estimated at Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned.
Agnihotri said a new sports hostel of the state sports department would be set up in Una district, for which requisite formalities were being worked out. He added that the Haroli hospital was being upgraded to the status of a civil hospital at a cost of Rs 5.26 crore and would have six doctors. He said a labour hostel would come up in Bathu village near the Tahliwal industrial area at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore, while a common facility centre estimated at `10 crore would be set up near the Tahliwal industrial area.
A new central school in Saloh and Rs 27 crore irrigation scheme for Beet area of Haroli segment were also likely to be sanctioned soon, said the minister, adding that while a new bus stand has been sanctioned for Laluwal, he has requested transport minister GS Bali to finalise the issue of construction of the main bus stand in Una city.