Bijhari (Hamirpur) – Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today announced up-gradation of Bijhri Sub-Tehsil to Tehsil and also declared Bhota as Sub-Tehsil in Hamirpur district. He was addressing a massive gathering at Bhijri in Badsar sub-division of Hamirpur district. He said the people of Bijhri had always been dear to him and Government was committed for their overall welfare and development of area. He reminded that Bijhri was given the sub-tehsil status by him 15 years back and the opposition had a Chief Minister from Hamirpur but the interest of the people were ignored completely. He said that there was adequate budgetary provision for the bridge over Shukkar rivulet of which he laid the foundation today and directed the authorities to start the work on the bridge soon and get it completed within a stipulated time period
Earlier, he dedicated and laid foundation stones of the projects worth rupees 14 crore in the district. He laid the foundation stone of the boys hostel of college of Horticulture and Forestry at Neri to be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.65 crore besides laying foundation stone of Library-cum-Information Technology Centre to come up with Rs.2.54 crore. Chief Minister also inaugurated the first phase of laboratory Block of the college which has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.53 crore. He also inaugurated Rs 87.20 lakh Book Distribution Centre and Teachers Holiday Home near Hathli rivulet and also performed foundation stone laying ceremony of Girder bridge to be constructed over Shukkar Rivulet at a cost of Rs. 3.74 crore. He agreed in principle for upgrading the Primary Health Centres in the areas as demanded. He announced up-gradation of half a dozen middle schools to High Schools which includes Middle Schools Berri, Salauni, Sathwin, Chakmoh, Phagoti, Balh bihal in Tehsil Barsar. He also announced road from Jalari to Deotsidh measuring 51 Km.
Virbhadra Singh said that those who were boasting of developing Himachal were the one who use to oppose the same and wanted to merge Himachal Pradesh with Punjab. When such opportunists did not succeeded in their plans they indulged in creating rift and started misguiding the people on the pretext of upper and lower Himachal. Such people were fighting political battle for their survival and can never be a friend and true citizen of the country and neither of their people. “I respect the opposition but whenever they come to power they try to frame false charges against me to eliminate me from politics” he said.
Chief Minister later reached Palampur in the evening where he was given rousing welcome by BBL Butail, Speaker, HP Vidhansabha and other senior leaders.