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Kangra witnesses massive development
B K Upmanyu | 29 Feb 2012

The present State Government has accelerated pace of development in Kangra district, as it is largest district of the State population wise. During last four years, a number of ambitious schemes and programmes have been implemented in the district. There has been rapid strides in the field of roads, health, education and other basic facilities. Prestigious Educational Institutions have been set up by the Government.

The present State Government has accelerated pace of development in Kangra district, as it is largest district of the State population wise. During last four years, a number of ambitious schemes and programmes have been implemented in the district. There has been rapid strides in the field of roads, health, education and other basic facilities. Prestigious Educational Institutions have been set up by the Government. 

It was due to the concerted efforts of the State Government that the Central University and National Institute of Fashion Technology had been set up in Kangra district. The first batch of NIFT began in the year 2009 with the intake of 150 students and will go a long way in providing the professional training to the students interested in carving out careers in the field of fashion technology. The work on Food and Craft Institute at Khaniyara near Dharamshala is in progress and the classes are likely to start from next academic session in it. Batallions of Disaster Management have been approved for Nurpur and Shahpur areas of the district. Two private Universities viz 'Arni University' at Indora and 'Sai University' near Baijnath have been set up so as to provide quality education to the students within the State.

 In the year 2001, the BJP Government under the stewardship of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal had opened Polytechnic College at Talwar near Jaisinghpur so that the youth of Changer area get an opportunity to study near to their homes. But the previous Government downgraded the polytechnic to Industrial Training Institute (ITI). Coming to power again, the present BJP Government restored the earlier status of the Institute and the classes were started in it. Not only this, the ITI was shifted to Balakrupi in the Changer area of the district, so that the youth of this area are not deprived of getting technical education nearer to their homes.

The State Government has always ensured balanced and all round development of the State. So as to provide standardised health services to the people residing in lower area of Himachal, the work on Rs. 150 crore super speciality hospital in Dr. Rajender Prasad Medical College and hospital, Tanda has been taken in hand. Round the clock emergency services have been started for the patients in this hospital. During last four years hi-tech medical equipments have been provided in it besides filling up posts of Professors, Associate Professors,    Asstt. Professors and a paramedics. The number of MBBS seats in Rajiv Gandhi Medical college has also been increased. The bed capacity at Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Paprola has been increased from 100 to 150. Apart from starting BAMS course, Post Graduation has been started in 11 disciplines. A Rs. 5 crore Geriatric Centre is also being set up in it. The Government is trying to make it a ' Centre of Excellence'.

Work on Rs 68 crore Water supply scheme for Changer Area in tehsil Dehra, Khundian, Jaisinghpur and Palampur in district Kangra has been completed by taking work priority. Government has also approved Rs. 40 crore water supply schemes for habitations of Jaswan Pragpur area in Dehra tehsil in district Kangra. These source level augmentation schemes will provide sufficient drinking water supply to 96 villages of 38 panchayats. Work on Rs 205 crore Phina Singh Medium Irrigation scheme in Nurpur area is being started very soon. This will irrigate 4200 hectare of land. 96 crore Siddhata irrigation scheme of district Kangra is likely to be completed by March, 2012 and would irrigate 3150 hectare of land. Rs. 387 crore Shah Nahar irrigation project in district Kangra is among most ambitious schemes of State government, which is likely to be completed soon. On completion this would provide irrigation facilityto 15,287 hectare of land. Rs 40.28 crore watershed project has been approved for Dehra area. this will cover 26,857 hectare of land. Rs 16.48 crore had already been spent on it.

KangraValleyis famous for 'Shaktipeeths' all over the world. The present Government has given a new direction for tourism development in the district. Rs. 5.47 crore are being spent to create basic infrastructure and provide facilities to the visitors at Maharana Pratap Sagar Pong Dam. The will include Rs. 1.27 crore Information Centre, 75 lakh parking lot, Rs. 3 crore Community Tourism development. Rs. 1.68 crore are being spent for strengthening tourism activities at Pong Dam. similarly Rs. 3.50 crore is being spent to beautify the Masroor temple complex.

Rs. 13.12 crore is being spent on various tourism schemes in the district. This includes Rs. 1.65 crore Integrated Temple Development Circuit, Rs. 1.70 crore Dharamshala Destination, Rs. 2 crore on Bir Billing, Rs. 1 crore Integrated Rural Tourism Scheme and Rs. 4.23 crore Dhauladhar Tourism Circuit. Notable achievement of this period is construction of ‘Harsipatan’ bridge over river Beas, constructed at a cost of Rs. 18 crore, which has benefited the people of three districts viz. Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur. An amount of Rs. 115 crore has been approved for the construction of two roads in the district under State Roads Project with the assistance of World Bank. Rs 62 core is being spent on the repair and widening of Ranital-Kotla and Rs 53 crore on Bhawarna- Lambagaon road. ‘Chambapatan’ bridge being constructed over beas river at a cost of Rs. 17 crore in Kangra district is almost complete.

Mini Secretariats have been constructed at Jaisinghpur and Palampur at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore and Rs 4.50 crore respectively. Mini Secretariats are being constructed at Dharamshala at a cost of Rs 9.10 crore, Kangra at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore and Dehra at a cost of Rs 4.50 crore.

Indoor stadium is being constructed at Dharamshala at a cost of Rs 2.88 crore. Rs 6.58 crore have been approved for synthetic track in Dharamshala and Rs 2.25 crore for construction of  the pavilion. Rs 5 crore is being spent to construct college building at Nagrota Bagwan.

To facilitate farmers of the area, 'Embryo Transfer Technique' laboratory is being set up at Palampur at a cost of Rs 10 crore and multipurpose animal husbandry services and farmers skill development centre at a cost of Rs 3 crore.

These some works completed and taken in hand during last four years speaks volumes about the commitment of government for the speedy development of Kangra district along with other parts of the State.

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