Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh laid the foundation stone of Government Engineering College at Massal near Nagrota Bagwan in District Kangra today, to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 90.05 crore. College would have three courses with intake capacity of 60 students each in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Civil Engineering and would be functional from the academic session 2014-15.
Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of augmentation of Drinking Water Supply Scheme for Nagrota town to be constructed at a cost of Rs. one crore, It would benefit 11,340 people of the area. He also laid the foundation stone of augmentation of Drinking Water Supply Scheme for Changer area Uparli Kothiyan Part-I, Uparli Kothiyan part-II, Uparli Kothiyan Part-III, Samloti, Ustahen, Lungna-Mangrela and Thana Vadgran to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 414.39 lakh benefiting 18,544 people of the area. He also inaugurated Bridge over Plora Khhad on Chughera to Kandi road constructed at a cost of Rs. 141 lakh.
Chief Minister assured to accept the demands of G.S Bali, Transport Minister to open IPH Division Office at Nagrota, PHC at Jheen, Science Block at Seera Thana, Balugaloa, Baroh and Sunhi and upgrading Hatwas, Thana, Bargroh and Baldhar schools.
Speaking at public meeting at Massal the Chief Minister said that the State Government had always accorded top priority to the education sector. He said that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as role model not only for hill States but also for bigger States in the country and had achieved many milestones of development in various fields. He said that there was no limit of development and with the support of the people new heights of progress would be achieved. He appealed the people of the State to stand against the forces who were trying to divide the people on the basis of caste, creed, and regionalism etc. to get political mileage.
Irrigation & Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes said that previous BJP Government had always attempted to divide district Kangra. She said that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had set up many important offices such as Himachal Pradesh State Education Board, Dr. Rajendera Prashad Medical College, Tanda, Vidhan Sabha at Tapovan besides many schemes.
Food & Civil Supplies and Transport Minister G.S. Bali thanked the Chief Minister for laying the foundation stone of Government Engineering College, Nagrota Bagwan. He said that BJP had always supported regionalism whereas the Congress Party had made efforts for progress and development in district Kangra.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Jagjivan Pal, MLAs Sanjay Rattan, Pawan Kajal, Yadvinder Goma, Chairman, Kangra Central Co-Operative Bank Jagdish Siphiya, Deputy Commissioner Kangra C. Palrasu, Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur, senior officers of the State Government and prominent people of the area were also present on the occasion.