Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh laid foundation stone of the 33 KV Electricity Sub-Centre at Bathu to be constructed at a cost of Eight crore which will benefit Eight Panchayats of the area with a population of around 8600. He directed the authorities to complete the work of the substation within a year.
He also performed the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of improvement and strengthening of Rs 17.50 crore Bankhandi-Jhalera Road, from Punjab border at Santoshgarh to Una.
The Chief Minister announced the office of Sub Divisional Police Officer at Haroli and said that the matter for setting up Electrical division at Haroli would be taken care of after consulting the concerned Minister. The Chief Minister also agreed in-principle for opening tourism Hotel at Una. He announced setting up of Primary Health Centre at Palakwah and up-gradation of Ispur Ayurveda Hospital’s bed capacity from 10 to 20. He also announced to open an Auditorium at Haroli.
Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Bathu in Haroli assembly segment of Una district, said that though many big industrial houses were coming up in the State but main-stay of the economy of the people comes from agriculture and similar allied sectors. As much of the population of the State was residing in villages, the people were more dependent upon cultivating crops said he adding that many were now in the business of producing off-season vegetables and fruits which yields them good profits.
Referring to Haroli assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that it has witnessed massive development due to hard-work of its MLA.
He said that much more is required to be done in the field of development and the participation and co-operation of the people is must. It is wrong to say that the State Government was giving added attention to the Haroli as being claimed by the opposition, he said adding that the Government was endeavouring to equally develop all regions of the State irrespective of region and religion.
Chief Minister said that development in Una was due to successive congress policies in their regimes. More projects were coming up in the State and the Government had taken up the major Swan River project and will finish the work successfully in a time bound manner.
Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating the works worth more than 50 crores in the Haroli constituency.
He also taken a jibe over the statements of the opposition and said that the BJP had started criticizing the Chief Ministers tour of the area and at last have started analyzing and realizing that development worth crores was taking place in Haroli.
Rakesh Kalia, Secretary, All India Congress Committee, welcomed Chief Minister and thanked him for undertaking Daulatpur College in Government sector.
Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Agriculture Minister, Kuldeep Kumar, Chairman, HP State Finance Commission, Subhash Manglet, Chairman HP State Agriculture Marketing Board, Hardeep Singh Bawa, Chairman, Building Works and Other Construction Welfare Board, Jagdish Chand Saphiya, Chairman, Kangra Central Co-operative Bank and other dignitaries of the region were present on the occasion amongst others.