Shimla MC to maintain forest areas within city limits



Shimla (Feb 15): In pursuance of the 74th Constitutional Amendment and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission’s requirement of carrying mandatory reforms in town planning, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet today decided to restore possession rights of forest area falling within Shimla town with the municipal corporation for its preservation, conservation and maintenance. The issue had been hanging fire for quite some time, with MC and the forest department blaming each other for the dwindling tree cover in the capital city.

The cabinet met here today at the mini-secretariat and further approved amendments in HP Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill (HPFRBM), 2011 and articles of association of the HP Power Corporation Limited (HPCL).

Other decisions:
It decided to construct additional block at circuit house, Dharamsala, with an estimated cost of Rs. 2.46 crore to accommodate ministers during the Winter Session of Assembly to save extra expenditure being incurred on boarding and lodging in private hotels.

It fixed the maximum number of directors in HPCL at nine, authorising the corporation to borrow money from Asian Development Bank in excess of the paid-up capital and free reserves of the company, to the extent of Rs 3,500 crore to execute various hydel projects allotted to it.

In order to implement the provisions of Energy Conservation Act, 2001m and to utilise State Energy Conservation Fund for the purposes of efficient use of energy and its conservation within the state, the government decided to frame the Himachal Pradesh State Energy Conservation Fund Rules, 2011.

It also approved framing of new recruitment and promotion rules for the post of senior ski instructor at Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.

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