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CM announces slew of development initiatives on Manali winter carnival

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday inaugurated the annual Manali Winter carnival by performing a formal 'pooja' and paying obeisance at the ancient Hidimba temple at Dhungri near Manali.

punjab Updated: Jan 02, 2014 18:13 IST
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Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday inaugurated the annual Manali Winter carnival by performing a formal 'pooja' and paying obeisance at the ancient Hidimba temple at Dhungri near Manali.


The cultural procession consisted of tableaus that passed through Mall road and later culminated near Manu Rangshala, the venue of the carnival celebrations.

Addressing the gathering, the CM said, "Manali was a key tourist destination where foreign and domestic visitors come holidaying. It is the responsibility of the local residents to keep Manali neat and clean so that it attracts more and more tourists."

He laid emphasis on the smooth and systematic construction in Manali and other parts of the valley and announced upgrade of the Government High School, Fojal, to a senior secondary school. He further said that a bridge would be constructed on river Beas at Nehru Kund to facilitate locals and tourists. The CM further announced that Prini-Hamta road would be opened for tourist traffic.

Earlier, Singh laid the foundation stone of a motorable bridge at 17 Miles village near Manali to be constructed at a cost of `7.8 crores and a fire station building at Manali to be built at a cost of `2.4 crore. The CM also inaugurated a Panchayat Bhawan building at Manali.