Theog-Hatkoti road to be completed by next year says Virbhadra Singh



Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh said that with the consistent efforts of state government,the Theog-Kharapathar-Hatkoti road has been declared as a national highway and the work on this road project would be completed by next year.

The Chief Minister presiding over the concluding ceremony of three-day long state level Rohru festival at Rohru said that this road has existed as state highway since 1968 but was de-notified by the previous BJP government to ‘district rural road’ in May, 2001.He blamed the BJP for taking the entire credit of getting it declared as National highway to misguide people. He also said that incumbent state government had taken up the issue with the union government time and again for declaring it as national highway.

“I personally held meetings with the World Bank officials and it is the Congress government which pursued the matter time and again with the Centre for getting the road funded from the World Bank earlier in 2003, and now has been successful in getting this road declared as national highway”, he confirmed.

The Chief Minister said, as of now, a sum of around Rupees 333 crore has been sanctioned by the World Bank for construction of road in two phases from Theog to Kharapathar and further from Kharapathar to Rohru.

Mr Singh accepted that harsh weather and untimely rain has hindered the work, yet the government would ensure that it gets completed by next year so as to provide much needed relief to the people of Jubbal-Kotkhai, Rohru and adjoining areas. All the alternate routes will be maintained during the apple season so that horticulturists do not face any problem in marketing their produce.

He said a new bus stand has been constructed at Rohru and the buses thereafter would route through by-pass for entrance and exit. Besides, a parking would also be constructed near the new bus stand having facility to park 400 to 500 vehicles and another parking would be developed near Rohru.

The Chief Minister announced for adding 50 more beds to the civil hospital Rohru and the qualitative health services would be provided to the people of the area. Additional accommodation would be created for  school girls at Rohru along-with hostel for the girls if required.

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