Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced to open a storage depot of Indian Oil at Una with estimated cost Rs. 450 crore besides a CSD Canteen to facilitate the Army personnel. He was speaking at a public meeting in Santokhgarh, in district Una today. He said that work on Santokhgarh sewerage scheme would also be expedited and proper drainage system would be developed in Una which would solve the water logging problem during the rainy season.
Chief Minister said that his government is giving utmost priority to Rs. 922 crore Swan River Channelization project and has put in sincere efforts with strong political willpower to get clearance for the project in a record nine months period from Government of India (GoI).
He said that it was the biggest project of its kind North India. Under the 4th phase of this project total 11 kilometers long area of Swan River from Daulatpur bridge to Gagret bridge will be channelized under the project besides channelization of all 73 tributaries of Swan from Daulatpur to Santokhgarh bridge. He said that the channelization of Swan River and all its tributaries, the people would no more have to suffer devastation due to floods and rather they would witness an era of prosperity and development and would be economically strengthened.
He said that inauguration of 2nd phase of Swan Channelization was done by the then Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal when its work was still incomplete and laid the foundation stone of 3rd phase without any budgetary provision. He said that the State Government would take up this matter with Union Government for getting funds for its completion.
He said that Mehatpur Area-II would also be developed for industrial activities and industrial houses would not be allowed to let their effluent into open and river and drains and conservation of environment would be ensured.
Virbhadra Singh announced to upgrade Primary Health Centre, Santokhgarh to Community Health Centre. He said that State Government had accorded top priority to the health sector and vacant posts of doctors and para medical staff were being filled on priority basis. He said that Santokhgarh-Una road would also be improved besides metalling and tarring. He said that science classes would be started in Government Senior Secondary School, Jakhera from next academic session.
Virbhadra Singh announced Rs. 5.1 lakh for constructing ‘Sarai’ at Valmiki Mandir Santokhgarh. He said that one room would be provided for press persons in Nagar Parishad office premises, Santokhgarh.
Chief Minister also participated in Shobha Yatra of State level Sombhadra Mahotsav Una. He also inaugurated the exhibitions set up by various departments, boards, corporations and other organizations at Indira Ground Una and evinced keen interest in the exhibits.
Earlier, the Chief Minister performed the foundation stone ceremony of Civil Hospital Haroli to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 525.41 lakh and Labour Hostel at Bathu to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.46 crore for Bathu-Bathri-Tahliwal Industrial Corridor. It would have 64 dwelling units for housing 128 persons besides a Recreation Room, Provision for Indoor Games, Common Mess/Canteen, Daily Need Based shops, Playground and Parking facility.
Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Common Facility Centre at Bathu, for Industrial Corridor of Tahliwal, Santoshgarh and Bathu-Bathri, to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 10.08 crore. As many as 200 units are functioning here with total investment of Rs. 700 crore and providing employment to 7000 persons. It would have facilities of auditorium, conference hall, banks, post office, shopping complex, guest house, café, cyber complexes, recreation, yoga centre, restaurant, dispensary and office for micro, small and medium facilitation council.
Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri thanked the Chief Minister for getting Rs. 922 crore 4th phase of Swan Channelization in record time which would solve the many problems of people of the area. He thanked the Chief Minister for opening Irrigation and Public Health Circle Office at Una and making Nagar Panchayat Santokhgarh to Nagar Parishad without any demand.
Virender Dharmani, President, District Congress Committee, Una, Rajiv Gautam, Director, KCC Bank, Satpal Raizada, Member Pradesh Congress Committee, Hajari Lal, President, Block Congress Committee, Una, Shiv Kishore Vasudev, President, Nagar Council, Santokhgarh, Kuldeep Kumar, Chairman, 4th Finance Commission, Shiv Kumar Saini, Chairman, APMC, Una, Avinash Kapila, former DCC President, Una, Sita Ram Bhardwaj, President, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan Sangh, Ranjeet Singh Rana, President, BCC, Haroli, Mohan Chauhan, Director, Industries, Rajender Singh, Director, Information and Public Relations, Abhishek Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Nandita Gupta, Labour Commissioner, Anupam Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Una, senior officers and prominent persons were also present on the occasion.