Bantony castle to be acquired by the Government: CM


    The Cabinet in its meeting held today took a historical decision to acquire the entire land of Bantony Castle, near Kali Bari Shimla by accepting the recommendations of negotiation committee. It also approved the payment of Rs. 27.84 crores to the land owners for the entire property.


    The HP Chief Minster Virbhadra Singh said that the old building of the Bantony castle would be refurnished and a museum would be set up there. In addition to this, a recreational park with a restaurant would also be developed in the area. It would be a great attraction for both tourists and locals. The decision to this effect was taken in the Cabinet Meeting held today and presided over by the Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh.


    The Cabinet also decided to construct a long pending under construction 317.50 meter, span (pre-stressed) bridge over Govind Sagar at Baghchhal in Bilaspur district. Being constructed for over last many years, the bridge would connect Gehadwin and Kot-Kehloor constituencies, said the Chief Minister. On completion it will benefit 14,000 people of 14 villages located on the river’s left bank of Swarghat and 20,000 in 19 villages on the right bank of Shah-Talai.


    The Cabinet decided to create new Patwar circle Bataad-Galoo in Tehsil Jubbal in district Shimla, Kandi in Tehsil Thunag in district Mandi, Ribba, Rakcham and Namgaya in Tehsil Moorang, Sangla and Pooh in Kinnaur district and creation of post of Patwaris for the all the above patwar circles.


    The Cabinet approved to rationalize rate of tax of AGT on Lime Stone and Fly Ash, which are raw material of finished goods, by reducing it to 25 percent as per budget announcement of the Chief Minister. This would give major relief to the industries which are paying taxes both on the transportation of raw material and as well as on finished goods.


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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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