Construction work of Holi- Uttarala tunnel to be started soon: Dhumal

This  proposed 7 kilometers long tunnelcosting about Rs. 1571 crore would reduce the distance by 140 kms. between Kangra and Chamba

Shimla/ April 23
Detailed Project Report to execute 7 kilometers long Holi-Uttrala tunnel project had been completed and construction work over the project would be started on priority. This was stated by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bainjath, after dedicating the newly constructed building of Pandit Sant Ram Government Degree College to the students of the college, completed at a cost of Rs. 855 lakhs, Mini Secretariat/Combined Office Building, to the people of the Sub-Division, completed at a cost of Rs. 291 lakhs.

Chief Minister said that the 7 kilometers long tunnel project would be costing about Rs. 1571 crore and would reduce distance between Holi in district Chamba and Uttrala in Baijnath Sub-Division of district Kangra by 140 kms. He said that the State Government had accorded high priority to the tunnel projects to not only reduce geographical barriers but also integrate the state emotionally. He said that construction of Holi-Uttrala had been a long pending demand of the area and the BJP Government had got the detailed project report prepared and construction work would also be started on priority.
He also performed foundation stone laying ceremonies of SC/ST/OBC Hostel within the college campus, estimated to cost Rs. 271.30 lakh and 9 Type-II NGOs quarters, estimated to cost Rs. 74 lakhs, at Baijnath, in district Kangra today.
Dhumal said that the State Government had enhanced the corpus fund created for working journalists from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh to provide financial assistance during any emergent cases. He said that health insurance cover of Rs. 1.75 lakh had also been extended to working journalists.

He said that over 50 thousand petty traders in the State had also been extended insurance cover of Rs. one lakh. He said that Rs. four crore were being spent on providing residential facilities to the employees of different departments posted in district Kangra during current financial year.

He announced opening of ITI in old college building with five-six trades in Baijnath and tehsildar Baijnath would camp at Chadhiar for one week every month.
Dhumal said that Atal Swasthya seva was providing free ambulance service to the people of the State. He said that the fleet strength of the ambulance was being increased from 108 to 135 during current financial year so that the services could be extended to interior parts of the State.
Chief Minister said that legitimate quota of the State in essential Dhumal sanctioned Rs. 20 lakh for development of parking slot at Paprola and Choubin chowk to be beautified besides spending Rs. 23 lakh for development of parking slot in Baijnath town.