The Shimla municipal corporation will be exploring the feasibility of tramway project for Shimla city that will be worked out in association with the embassy of France, regional department.
A team from the France embassy will be meeting mayor Sanjay Chauhan and other officials of the civic body on Wednesday.
Consequent to the Indo-French seminar on tramways organised in New Delhi on September 9, they had requested for expression of interest to explore the possibility of development of tramways in Shimla.
The possibility is to be explored on the circular Cart Road and Mall Road connecting the HP secretariat and Advanced Studies.
This was informed here on Tuesday at the seventh general house meeting of the civic body as part of the memorandum of matter for consideration from FC and PC to the house of the corporation.
The councillors were of the opinion that the Mall Road area that was restricted should be maintained in its own spirit that was a no-vehicular zone.
Chauhan assured the house that the final proposal would be brought in the house before its execution and subsequent to it the house granted its approval.
Furthermore, under the comprehensive mobility plan for Shimla city, the house granted approval for vertical mobility to be constructed on design build operate and transfer (DBOT) baisis at six identified locations.
The state government had approved the city mobility plan for which SMC is the primary agency for implementing the plan.
The six sites include Lift to Mall Road via Subzi Mandi Ground, Lakkar Bazaar near Revoli bus stand to Mall Road, Lower Bazaar to Mall Road at Indira Chowk, Lower Bazaar to Mall Road near Jain temple, railway station to Mall Road through Circular Road and Auckland tunnel to Lakkar Bazaar.
Commissioner Amarjeet Singh said these sites would be proposed to Himachal Pradesh Infrastructure Development Board (PP cell) to take up the proposal and they could be given advertisement rights along with the readership fee to generate the operation and maintenance cost.
Proposal for a policy to start and grant permission for mobile canteens in the city was also rendered approval by the house.
Amarjeet Singh informed the house that the civic body is receiving applications for the start of mobile canteens from those interested. This he stated was a first-of-its-kind scheme to start mobile canteens as the civic body had not granted permission of such kind and neither there exist any policy for such activities.
A unanimous decision was taken to allow such a scheme to take off and it was also decided that prior to execution of the policy, it would be brought in the house for final approval.
It was decided that the area to be identified for the operation of limited number of mobile canteens will be restricted to the Cart Road only within the SMC limits at a monthly fee of Rs 2,000 per month and also the cleanliness of the area will have to be ensured by the applicant.