All roads to be improved before coming apple season: Virbhadra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: May 29, 2014 22:04 IST

Keeping in view the coming apple season, the Himachal Pradesh government has issued directions to a private company working on Kharapathar-Hatkoti road to complete the ongoing work as soon as possible.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, while presiding over a meeting with various officers at Rohru on Wednesday evening, directed them to ensure the repair and maintenance work of all the roads in upper Shimla so that the people may not face any difficulty in transportation of their apple produce.

He said that priority should be given to complete the ongoing work of Kharapathar-Hatkoti road, besides improving the condition of Khabal-Dhanwari, Sheel-Baral-Karchhari, Thalli-Amoi-Tiproli-Gokswari link roads so as to facilitate the commuters as well as the horticulturists.

Virbhadra Singh said that other ongoing developmental works should also be expedited.

Concerned about the safety of the commuters, the chief minister directed the Public Works Department ( PWD ) authorities to ply buses only on those roads which were safe for heavy vehicles.

He directed for completion of bridges on priority in areas including Barsheel, Shishiyara, Bakholi, Ghushali, Nigalu, Bakhirana and Sandhor.

He directed that detailed project reports of the roads from the MLA priority list be submitted soon for approval by the state government.

The authorities may exercise the option for pre-fabricated structures in the remote Dodra Kwar area to avoid unnecessary delay in construction of government buildings, he added.

The chief minister also directed to identify proper place for construction ofa Rest House at Dodra.He engaged irrgation and public health (IPH) authorities to explore possibilities of channelising the Pabbar river so that the project could be submitted for funding to the central government.

He said that the Central Water and Power Research Centre, Pune, was already studying the channelisation of Pabbar river and a team of experts from Pune would be visiting here soon.

He said the Pabbar river channelisation project would cost around `100 crore.

To avoid hindrance in the developmental works, the chief minister directed for obtaining forest clearances so that the developmental works may not suffer.

Furthermore, to address the low-voltage problem, he directed the officials concerned to install as many as 10 transformers in the area.

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