DHARMSHALA, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today laid
foundation stones of projects worth crores of rupees during his visit
to various parts of the Jwalamukhi constituency in Kangra district. He
laid foundation stones of Dhatti Parmala to Kural via Gal road to be
constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.29 crores, additional accommodation of
GSSS, Dhatti to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 86.70 lakhs and bridge
over Kural-Ambara road to be constructed at cost of Rs.199.50 lakhs
and another bridge over Tahal Khud on Vagdela Nahallian road which
will be constructed by spending Rs. 172.50 lakhs.
Shri Virbhadra Singh also laid foundation stone of Govt. Degree
College, Khundian to be constructed at a cost of rupees five crores,
and inaugurated Primary Health Centre building at Khunidan constructed
at a cost of Rs. 120.30 lakhs. He also laid foundation stone of staff
quarters of PHC, Khundian to be constructed at a cost of Rs.89 lakhs.
The Chief Minister while addressing a huge public meeting at Khundian
announced to upgrade primary health centre, Khundian to Community
Health Centre and Police Chowki, Khundian to Police Station. He said
that PWD sub-division would be opened at Khundian. He announced to
upgrade Govt. High School, Bari Kalan to Senior Secondary School,
Govt. Middle School, Paliar at Langha, Ambrara and Jamman Maira to
Govt. High Schools. He also announced to upgrade Govt. Primary Schools
Salihar and Jarundi to Govt. Middle Schools.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Khundian was part of Changer area in
Jwalamukhi block but due to sustained efforts of successive congress
governments, it had emerged as centre of all important activities. It
was now well connected with roads and has tehsil office, police
chowki, rest house and government degree college. He said that further
expansion of Khundian should be planned so that it could emerge as a
The Chief Minster said that since last one week he had been touring
various places of Kangra district besides meeting with common people
to redress their problems. The foundation stones of crores of rupees
have been laid and many new schemes and projects inaugurated during
He said besides constructing the roads on priority, the state
government was also working on national highways and tunnels.
He said that main campus Central University would be opened at
Dharmshala and some of its institutions can be opened elsewhere be it
Dehra or Jawalamukhi. He said few people including Hamirpur MP Shri
Anurag Thakur were engaged in cheap politics over the issue of opening
Central University. He said that one should not misguide the people
for political gains rather they should think in larger interest of the
Shri Virbhadra Singh said he considers whole Himachal as one and equal
importance was being given to the balanced development of all areas.
NIT had been opened in Hamirpur, IIIT was being set up at Una and
AIIMS at Bilaspur which are all parts of Hamirpur parliamentary
constituency. He said that Indian Institute of Management (IIM) would
be opened at Kolar near Paonta Sahib in Sirmour district. He said that
the politicians who does petty politics on the opening of institutes
and divide people neither serve the people nor the state.
He said that though we have achieved many mile stones of progress but
there was no limit of development. He said that on the path of
progress we should not forget our culture and traditions as they were
the identity and roots of people of this hilly state. He said that
there were many languages and cultures in our country but unity in
diversity is our strength.
Earlier, while speaking at Dhatti, the Chief Minister greeted people
on auspicious occasion of Lohri and extended best wishes for the
Makkar Sakranti. He said that a bridge would be constructed to link
Dhatti with Balehra.
He also honoured Shri Khushi Ram, Shri Man Chand, Shri Kishan Chand,
Shri Parkash Chand, Shri Ramlok, Shri Sita Ram, Shri Udho Ram, Shri
Suresh Kumar, Shri Banwari Lal, Shri Sunil Kumar, Shri Jagat Ram, Shri
Daya Ram, Shri Dhani Ram, Shri Ashok Kumar, Smt. Vyasa Devi who have
donated their land for the construction of government college
He also honoured Miss Anju Sharma of Village Sihoti who won gold medal
in M.Sc Maths in Central University.
Shri Sanjay Rattan local MLA said that Jawalmukhi was completely
neglected in the matter of development and it was last two years when
things started changing. He said that whatever development had taken
place, it was due to chief minister Shri Virbhadra Singh as he had
opened tehsil, police chowki offices, rest house and 33 KV sub station
at Khundian not only this government degree college was opened by him
last year. He also thanked the chief minister for up grading PHC
Khundian to CHC and up gradations of many schools.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Jagjivan Pal, Chairman State
Finance Commission Shri Kuldeep Kumar, MLA Shri Ajay Mahajan, Vice
Chairman Freedom Fighter Welfare Board Shri Sushil Rattan, Block
Congress President Jawlamukhi Shri Dharmeder Sharma, Brig. (Retd.),
Shri Rajinder Singh Rana, Pradhan Gram Panchyat Shri Partap Singh were
prominent amongst the others present on the occasion.