HimVani NEWS SERVICE
Dhingu temple, Jakhu temple, Sankat Mochan, Tara Devi and Kamna temple would be connected by a ropeway, while five new tunnels would be constructed in Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced.
The Chief Minsiter, while presiding over the first meeting of State level Steering Committee in Shimla on June 22, said that the State Government had prepared a detailed Vision Document for implementation of Rs. 1500 crore Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for the development and infrastructure building of the capital town Shimla besides maintenance of best civic amenities and other systems required for upholding the heritage status of the historical town.
As per the mission, atleast five new tunnels would be constructed in Shimla for smooth movement of vehicular traffic in the town besides widening the existing major and arterial roads, bye passes to accommodate the increased influx of the vehicles. The CM said that while Sanjauli bye pass was under construction, Kufri Panthaghati-Taradevi, Tutu-Kuftadhar-Naldehra, Ghannahatti-Jubbarhatti-Shoghi bye-pass would be constructed in the next phase. The nallahs of the town would also be channelized and beautification of the town carried out. More tourist spots would be developed and possibilities to adopt alternate means of communication like cable cars, ropeways and monorails would be explored. He said that overhead bridges and subways would also be constructed for the convenience of the pedestrians.
Mr Virbhadra Singh announced that a proposal for the construction of ropeways from Dhingu Temple to Jakhoo Temple, Jakhoo Temple to Sankat Mochan via Ladies Park and Bus Stand, Sankat Mochan to Taradevi and Tara Devi to Kamna Devi temple, had been mooted out. The existing airport at Jubbarhatti would also be expanded to accommodate landing of bigger planes, under the programme.
Chief Minister said that the bigger commercial complexes were likely to be shifted to more convenient locations with a view to help them function more conveniently in a phased manner besides constructing more parking lots in and around Shimla town. He said that more elevators connecting the Mall would also be constructed besides construction of solid waste management plant.
He said that all measures to decongest the town and develop modern townships fully equipped with all the required facilities to cater to the needs of the inhabitants were being planned.