CM directs for providing Nataud land to flood affected Changut villagers


    Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh today directed the Lahaul-Spiti administration to rehabilitate Changut villagers by providing them Nataud as the entire village was washed away in flash flood due to cloudburst on 14 August, 2014. He was addressing a public meeting at Chhaling in Mayyad valley of Lahaul today after inaugurating the Chhaling bridge over Mayyad rivulet at Tingrit constructed with an outlay of Rs. 1.67 crore.


    The Chief Minister said it was due to compulsion that the people of the few villages who were very affected by flash floods occupied government land. He directed the administration to restore their electricity connections. He announced to commence science classes in GSSS Tingret from next academic session and upgradation of GMS Karpat to High school. He also announced ambulance service in PHC Tingret and assured for setting up VSAT mobile towers to cover villages falling under Chimret panchayat.


    Shri Virbhadra Singh said the work on bridges wherever to be constructed in Mayyad valley should be undertaken on priority and directed Public Works department to speed up work on existing roads. He also directed to expedite work on Khanjar bridge, the last village of Mayyad valley. He said so far, out of total 28 panchayats in Lahaul valley, 27 panchayats had already been connected with roads and the remaining Naalda panchayat would get road facility as the work on the bridge was on progress. He inaugurated Indoor Gymnasium at Udaipur constructed at a cost of 1.90 crore and Karpat bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.44 crore.


    The Chief Minister inaugurated VIP annexe building of PWD guest house at Udaipur constructed at outlay of Rs.1.37 crore. He also visited Thirot, Jalma, Shansha, Lote and Tholang villages to listen public grievances and directed the administration to redress their demands at the earliest. Later, addressing a gathering at Udaipur, the Chief Minister announced upgradation of GHS Salgran to GSSS, connecting Salpat-II village with road connectivity and directed PWD to complete bridge over Salgran nallah with in a month. He announced starting of science classes in GSSS Hinsa at Trilokinath from next academic session and upgradation of GPS Agaar (Tindi) to GMS. He directed that classes of Government Polytechnic College Udaipur, which were presently being conducted at Sundernagar, be started in Government College Kukumseri as soon as the college building was completed.


    The Chief Minister announced to restart bus service from Udaipur to Chamba via Sachh Pass and said Udaipur would be developed form tourism point of view as with opening of Rohtang tunnel, the area would be accessible to all and a large number of tourists would visit Lahaul valley which would make people economically sound. He announced for providing adequate financial assistance for renovation and repair of Trilokinath temple and assured for fulfilling other demands sympathetically. He assured to look into the demand of providing Tehsil status to Udaipur after due consideration and consultation. He said 500 solar lights had been installed in Lahaul valley under Jawahar Lal Nehru Solar Mission and almost 17 to 18 lights had been installed in every single panchayat.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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