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Four-laning of National Highway-22 to start in Oct

Work for four-laning of National Highway-22 is likely to start in October this year, to ease traffic congestion on the stretch leading to the state capital. This was stated by chief minister Virbhadra Singh in a written reply on the four-laning of the Parwanoo-Shimla highway in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2014 19:35 IST
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Work for four-laning of National Highway-22 is likely to start in October this year, to ease traffic congestion on the stretch leading to the state capital.


This was stated by chief minister Virbhadra Singh in a written reply on the four-laning of the Parwanoo-Shimla highway in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday.

The CM said the project would be awarded by October, and the compensation for acquisition of land for the highway would be given as per the National Highway Act, 1956.

The construction work would be executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), and was likely to be completed within three years, the CM claimed.

Responding to a question of Congress legislator from Lahaul and Spiti Ravi Thakur, the CM expressed concern over the government employees who have been posted in the tribal areas for the last more than 10 years, terming it “injustice, according to service rules”.

He said the state government would consider the matter and provide relief to these employees.

Thakur had drawn attention of the house to the fact that many employees posted in the tribal areas have either not joined, or got their transfer orders cancelled to escape being posted to the “hard” areas, forcing some employees to continue serving there for more than ten years, in spite of the rules saying that a government employee has to mandatorily serve two winters in tribal areas.

In another written reply, agriculture minister Sujan Singh Pathania said the state government was probing a complaint against a vice-chancellor of an agricultural university regarding his “fake” educational documents.

“The governor's secretariat has forwarded a complaint against the vice-chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur in Kangra district to the government,” he stated in the written reply.

He added that a complaint from the deputy secretary of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research was received on February 10, for which a report has been sought from the department concerned.