Palampur legislator and senior Congress leader Brij Behari Lal Butail said that his top priority would be streamlining all development activities in the area which had come to a standstill during the last five years.

He said the conditions of roads, water supply schemes and health services had gone from bad to worse, causing inconvenience to the common man. He said that leaders of the BJP had laid foundation stones for a dozen development projects in the town, but construction was not taken up. He added that the former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had inaugurated the Mini-Secretariat, but the building was half complete, without parking facility and regular water supply.

Dhumal had laid the foundation stone of a multi-storey parking in 2008 and of a residential complex for doctors in 2010, but construction was yet to start. Butail said he would call a meeting of senior officers with the PWD, Irrigation and Public Health, urban development, revenue and health to review all development projects. He added that new parking lots would be constructed in the next two years. He further said vacant posts of specialist at the local Civil Hospital would be filled soon.