Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today visited the fire raged Kotla village in Banjar assembly segment of district Kullu. He met the affected families and announced a sum of rupees two crore for construction of houses and renovation of the temples of the local deities.
The Chief Minister assured of all possible assistance in the future as well and exhorted the people to renovate the temples in the ancient hill architecture. He also promised to provide additional financial assistance if needed.
Virbhadra Singh said he was deeply pained over the incident as large number of families had gone homeless. He said
“The government would leave no stone unturned to rehabilitate them and the sufferers would also be given adequate relief as per the relief manual, besides other things of daily use”
The Chief Minister said proper mechanism would be followed for laying water pipes, sewerage, electric poles and other facilities in Kotla village. He advised the people not to construct the houses wall to wall and also not to keep the fodder in the houses which acts as fuel during fire incidents.
He also appealed them to voluntarily give land for construction of roads. He said that the link road to the village would be maintained by the public works department.
He said there was no dearth of funds and the necessary assistance apart from the money announced would be provided as per need to give much needed relief to the people by the State Government.
The Chief Minister also appealed to the NGO’s to come forward in this hour of grief and extend all possible help to the villagers.
Co-operative and Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar were also present on the occasion amongst others.