Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said the selection of sites for development projects, especially for educational and health institutions, should be done with utmost care as the government spends a lot on such projects.
After inaugurating the polytechnic college building at Rampur Banjaran, 20km from Nahan, the CM said a bridge and crate wall would be constructed all around the building to protect it from floods. He said an ESIC hospital would be set up and a primary health centre would be made functional at Rampur Bharapur.
He announced a primary school at Ghunghlon-1 in the Rampur Bharapur panchayat, upgrade of primary school, Mehrar Majri, to middle school and upgrade of middle school, Parduni, to high school. He also announced land for a burial ground for the Muslims in the village and directed the public works department officials to prepare estimates of the link road connecting Doiyan-Wala-Ghunghlon-1 and Kheri villages. The CM directed the authorities to speed up the construction work of a bridge over Sunkron rivulet which connects the Paonta-Kyarad-Doon valley to the Renuka area.
Addressing the gathering, transport and technical education minister GS Bali said three engineering colleges had been opened in Sundernagar in Mandi district, Pragatinagar in Shimla district and at Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra in the past two years.
Earlier, the CM who reached here by road, laid foundation stones of various development projects worth `21 crore. He also inaugurated works worth over `15 crore, which includes foundation stone of a college building at Banog near Nahan, foundation stone of flood protection works of Kothron Khud and a bridge over Jalmusa rivulet at Kolar.
The local Congress leaders demanded channelization of the Yamuna and Bata rivers and their tributaries and also tabled local demands of the area before the CM.
BJP-Cong workers clash
The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clashed a few minutes before the CM was to inaugurate the Bharapur dispensary. The clash erupted when local BJP legislator Rajiv Bindal was allegedly stopped by the police and the Congress workers to meet the CM. Bindal wanted to submit a memorandum to the CM. Bindal alleged that instead of the primary health centre, the government wanted to set up an ESIC hospital to facilitate the industrialists. Later, the CM cancelled the inauguration and announced that the primary health centre would be made functional in the village.