Sujanpur residents have welcomed chief minister Virbhadra Singh's announcement of his acceptance of their demand for separating the tehsil from the Hamirpur revenue sub-division. The CM made the announcement during a rally in Una district on Sunday.
Led by Hamirpur zila parishad member Lekh Raj Thakur, residents celebrated by distributing sweets in the chaugan (main ground) at Sujanpur Tihra on Monday.
There was a perception among the people that the move would benefit local Congress MLA Rajender Rana, who had been demanding separation of the tehsil from the Hamirpur sub-division since his stint in the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He had reiterated this demand when the CM had visited the Sujanpur constituency recently.
Narendra Singh of Chouri village praised Rana for “bringing them the office within one year of his becoming MLA”, and Kushal Singh of Thana said it was a “welcome” step which would help people get their problems solved at their doorsteps.
Sujanpur was the sub-capital of Katoch ruler Raja Ghamand Chand, who had founded it after his accession in 1758. It flourished when his grandson Raja Sansar Chand become the king and invited artists, singers and sport-lovers from across the country to settle in his kingdom by offering good salaries.
The town remained in isolation after India got freedom, but became prominent when Hamirpur became a district.
It became a tehsil during the Congress regime, and with the creation of a sub-division here, a long-standing demand of the Sujanpur Tihra residents has been fulfilled.
Talking to HT over the telephone, Rana said he was grateful to the CM for the creation of the Sujanpur revenue sub-division, adding that it would help the area flourish further. “People from the area, who had to go to Hamirpur to get their revenue cases settled would benefit from the move, and bridge the gap between the administration and locals,” he added.
Rana said he had sent a proposal of a `15 crore scheme for the beautification of the town to the Centre. “If the scheme is approved, the scenario of the town will change and it will become one of the model towns of the state,” he claimed.
He added that the scheme involved construction of link roads, cleaning of old wells and baolies (stepwells), fencing of chaugan and making all roads leading to the town pucca.