SHIMLA -22 April, 2018

 Shimla,23.04.18-Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur calls on  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 23 April, 2018

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur meets Union Minister for Environment

  • Urges for clearance of various projects

Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur, today met Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi and urged him for sanctioning two major projects prepared by Himachal Pradesh Government to save its valuable natural resources in view of the climate change.

Union Minister assured the Chief Minister that Centre will full support to the efforts of Himachal Pradesh Government in maintaining forest and ecological balance and efforts will be made to provide technical and financial clearance for the projects submitted to the Centre by the State Government for this purpose after their detailed study.

Shri Jai Ram Thakur apprised the Union Minister that State Environment, Science & Technology department had submitted two projects of estimated cost of  Rs. 1644.32 crore to the Central Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through National Agriculture & Rural Bank (NABARD). Among them, an ambitious project of Rs. 1125.32 crore was water conservation and community management of natural water resources and the second one of Rs. 492 crore was on climate based forest management, he added.

Apart from this, the Chief Minister also urged Union Minister for approval of three more projects of Rs. 57 crore under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change. These included Rs. 20.49 crore project to deal with the constant shrinking of glaciers in Parvati Valley in Kullu district and to deal with the potential danger of flood , Rs. 19.92 crore project to promote agriculture and horticulture in view of climate change in Banjar Valley of Kullu district  and Rs. 17.34 crore project designed to conserve  ecology balance by reducing pressure on forest by promoting cultivation of medicinal plants in Great Himalayan National Park Kullu.

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Chief Minister calls on Union Civil Aviation Minister

High level Civil Aviation team will visit the State soon for possibility of International Airport

Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today at New Delhi called on Union Civil Aviation Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu and raised prominently the issue of construction of International Airport in Mandi district to promote tourism in the State. The meeting was very successful as the Union Minister instructed officials of the department to send a high level team soon to Himachal Pradesh to select suitable site, keeping in mind, technical parameters required for International Air Port.

The Chief Minister apprised the Union Minister that Himachal Pradesh is the Centre of tourist attraction both domestic and foreign and a major contributor to GDP of the State. He said the state is unable to exploit the full potential of tourism in the state in absence of International level Airport in the state which could have accelerated the inflow of high end tourists.

The Chief Minister also informed the Union Civil Aviation Minister that the three airports in the State at Shimla, Bhunter and Gaggal could not be expanded due to unavailability of land and state of the art technology. Besides flights to these airports are also irregular due to which tourists are not able to benefit from these flights.

The Chief Minister also urged the Union Minister to take appropriate steps for extension of Shimla, Gaggle and Bhunter airports so that the network of Airports in the State could be strengthened.

The Chief Minister said that last year 5226061 tourists visited Mandi and surrounding districts including 157404 foreign tourists. He said that due to opening of IIT, Medical Colleges, Engineering Colleges and others educational Institutions in Mandi district, there was an urgent need for construction of airport for better connectivity.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said due to proximity of International Border with the State it is necessary to construct an International Airport from strategic point of view.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu assured the Chief Minister that proper action would be taken by his Ministry to explore all possibilities of constructing International airport in the State so that the hill state could realize full potential of tourism.

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 CM urges PM for Industrial package for the State

 Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at New Delhi and urged him to grant Industrial package to Himachal Pradesh on the lines of north eastern states.  He also urged that rail network in the state should be strengthened and pace of work accelerated on Rohtang tunnel so that the tunnel is open throughout the year for local residents and the tourists visiting the valley. He also urged for construction of International level air ports in the State.

 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appreciated the work of 100 days of the State Government and new public welfare schemes initiated by the state Government. He assured all possible support for the developmental needs of the state. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi suggested Chief Minister to identify two to three such areas in the state and work prominently in them to become role model for the entire country. Prime Minister said that  new initiatives of 100 days of good governance reflect the commitment of the state govt. towards improving the state and lives of common men.

 

During the meeting Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to provide more funds to the State under phase-II of UDAN Yojna so that residents of the state could take benefit of the scheme and more tourists could visit major places of the state under the scheme.  

 

Chief Minister also sought help of the Central Government for exploiting immense power potential of the state and urged that permission should be enhanced from one hectare to five hectare for forest clearance.

 

Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister that the State Government has adopted Swarnim Himachal Dristi Patra as the policy document of the state. The State Government has made a historic initiative by launching 30 new schemes in its first budget.

 

Chief Minister also invited Prime Minister to Himachal Pradesh.