Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur presided over the MLAs Priorities meeting of MLAs of Solan, Sirmaur and Shimla districts held here today in the forenoon session.
MLA from Nalagarh Assembly segment Shri Lakhvinder Singh Rana stressed for refurbishment and improvement of Nalagarh-Swarghat road on priority to facilitate the commuters and urged for upgradation of community health centre at Nalagarh and new health institutes in Changar area of Nalagarh. He also demanded PHC at Panjehra and Joghon.He also stressed upon the need to improve drinking water supply schemes and more facilities for the people in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) area. He said that there was shortage of staff in hospital at BBNDA area. He further demanded a police battalion at Baddi to maintain law and order as hardly there was a day when theft, robbery or murder did not take place in the industrial belt. He also demanded funds for construction of building of Government Degree College at Ramshahar.
MLA also urged for increase in MLA Development Fund from existing Rs. 1.10 crore to Rs. 1.50 crore and discretionary grant from Rs. five lakh to Rs. 10 lakh.
MLA from Doon Assembly constituency Shri Paramjit Singh (Pammi) urged opening of SDM Office at Baddi, upgradation of Primary Health Centre Baddi to Community Health Centre, Block Development Office at Baddi and increase the fleet and frequency of HRTC buses in rural areas of the constituency. He also supported the demand of Shri Lakhvinder Singh Rana for setting up additional police battalion at Baddi.MLA from Solan Assembly segment Col. Dhani Ram Shandil demanded sainik rest house at Solan and also advocated for sanctioning the remaining amount of Rs. seven crore for circuit house Solan as Cabinet did not approve the circuit house to be constructed yet the funds amounting to Rs. one crore was released. The Chief Minister assured that the matter would be placed before the Cabinet for discussing the same.
Col. Shandil urged for completion of parking in Solan and stressed for recycling of sewerage water so as to make it available for irrigation purpose as the threat of global warming was looming large and there will be shortage of water in times to come.
MLA from Pachhad Shri Suresh Kashyap said that there were few water supply schemes which were constructed under pilot project through block and in the meanwhile these projects have run out of funds. He urged that such projects hanging mid way may be taken over by the Irrigation and Public Health Department. He also advocated for filling up the vacant posts of pump operators in the IPH department for smooth functioning. He also urged for construction of science block in government Degree College at Sarahan.Shri Suresh Kashyap urged for vacant posts of doctors and para medical staff in civil hospital Sarahan and other health institutions including CHC Rajgarh. He advocated for outsourcing the services of class IV for ensuring cleanliness in these institutions besides picking up security services.
He also urged for identifying the scope for developing religious tourism circuits in his constituency and IPH division and fire station at Pachhad. On his demand for renovation of rest house at Bagthan, the Chief Minister asked for all the details pertaining to the condition of the rest house and assured that if need be additional accommodation would be made available in the rest house.MLA from Sri Renukaji Shri Vinay Kumar also urged for promoting religious tourism. He said that the road condition from Solan to Meenas needs to be improved besides other roads leading to temples and shrines in his constituency. He said that detailed project report of the road from Nauradhar to Churdhar should be prepared at the earliest. Work on seven kms road from Nauradhar to Churdhar should be taken up on priority and on 12 kms walking trail till Churdhar may be developed by constructing pucca paths and rain shelters. He also said that the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) should be asked to take action on the proposal for providing a pair of tigers in Renuka zoo. He said that there was a time when the tigers used to be the proud of the wild life sanctuary and attraction of many but as of today there is not a single lioness or tiger in the zoo. The matter has been taken up with CZA, he said. He also pleaded to exclude the area around Renuka shrine out of the sanctuary area so that it could be beautified and developed.On his demand, the Chief Minister however asked to enquire the status of health sub centre at Bharari.
MLA from Paonta Shri Sukh Ram Chaudhary urged for completion of few irrigation schemes viz. Ajauli Naliawala, irrigation scheme upper kansipur scheme and lower kansipur scheme besides many other schemes awaiting completion for last 10-16 years. He said that the cost of the former scheme was initially Rs 1.72 crore which has now escalated manifold with 20 percent of the work remaining. The Chief Minister directed the department to see if they can use the funds under command area development for commissioning of pending irrigation schemes. He also demanded annual renovation of existing water supply schemes in his constituency and said that there were five canals of around 70 kilometers which should be provided annual funds for maintenance as they are in a dilapidated condition.
The MLA suggested for leasing out river beds of Yamuna and Batta rivers for extracting minerals from these rivers on the analogy of Uttrakhand which will earn revenue for the State exchequer. He said that since flooding every year can fill the minerals it would be no harm if we lease out the river bed pockets. He also urged for converting Paonta-Khodri Majri village road under major district roads and a bridge over Yamuna river which will provide inter connectivity to the border area.MLA from Shillai Harshwardhan Chauhan urged for improving water supply schemes in Shillai as the area is worst affected as far as drinking water supply is concerned. He said that Shillai had grown into a township with population of around 16500 at present. It needs to be upgraded to Notified Area Committee (NAC) so that the planned development could take place. He said that there were around 10-12 lift water supply schemes pending for the last many years may be completed at the earliest. On his request pertaining to lower the price of limestones in the State and reduce the taxes thereupon, the Chief Minister said that the government will look into the issue and take necessary action as why the limestones from outside being sold cheaper in the State. He said that there was a need to rationalize the tax structure particularly the additional goods taxes on transportation.The MLA also advocated for getting clearances for limestones quarrying under single window within 15 days as was being done by Uttrakhand State. He also urged for not relieving the employees from hard areas until his/her relievers joins.