Conceding to the long-standing demand of the people of the state, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said that his government would engage the engineering experts in preparing a detailed project report for construction of a cricket stadium (international standards) at Chail in Solan district.
Addressing a gathering after dedicating Rs 2.75 crore civil hospital building to the people of the area, he said that the government did not believe in politicising the sports activities and was committed to promote the game in the state.
Lashing out at the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, he said, “It is a matter of concern that the hospital building, the foundation stone of which was laid by me during my previous tenure, was not constructed by the Dhumal government out of political vendetta, leaving the people of Chail area in a lurch.”
He said every panchayat of the state would be made 'nirmal' and the government was endeavoured to achieve the same and fulfill the dream (total cleanliness) of Mahatma Gandhi. The chief minister added that the idea of cleanliness and complete sanitation was mooted by Mahatma Gandhi way back and the government would ensure that every household of the state had proper toilets.
He said that his government was committed to bring welfare and had initiated various measures for the
same, particularly empowerment of women.
Singh announced a sum of Rs 3.37 crore for construction of the Sadhupul bridge and said that the work would be carried out on war-footing and the contractor would be adequately awarded for completing the bridge within a stipulated time period.
The chief minister also announced upgradation of Middle School Sakori and Beenu and announced renovation of the old school building at Chail. He also announced construction of a multi-storey building adjacent to the old school building. He asked the PWD authorities to construct approach road to Ghainti School.
Health minister Kaul Singh Thakur, speaking on the occasion, said that education, health and roads were the priority of the government and as many as 40 new primary health centres were opened, besides nine primary health centres (PHCs) were upgraded to community health centres (CHCs) and seven CHCs were upgraded to civil hospitals.
He said that Himachal was the fifth state of the country, which had fully achieved the electrification targets in 1985 under the leadership of the chief minister.
Speaking on the occasion, Dhani Ram Shandil, social justice and empowerment minister, thanked the chief minister. Earlier, Solan marketing committee chairman Ramesh Thakur welcomed and honoured the chief minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion and also placed forth the local demands of the area.