Shimla, Oct 14 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today flagged off the first bus on 72 km Alwas-Killar road reducing the 863 km distance between district headquarters Chamba to Killar to only 170 km.
The Chief Minister dedicated the 72 km portion of Alwas-Killar road completed at a cost of Rs 8.84 crore to the people of Pangi valley.
Later, while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three-Day long Pangi Festival, Mr Dhumal said with the flagging off the bus on Alwas-Killar road, the people of Pangi valley had been connected with their district headquarters and the distance of 683 km had been reduced by 513 km.
He said earlier Pangi residents were required to undertake their journey out of the valley via Udaipur-Tandi-Koksar-Rohtang and reaching Manali take them one full day of travelling. With the opening of the road they would be able to reach Chamba the same day.
He said the road would be passing through 14,500 feet high Sach Pass which remains snow bound during winter season and efforts would be made by the local PWD authorities to keep the road open for maximum period of time so that people in the valley could remain connected outside the valley.
The Chief Minister also inagurated a motorable bridge over river Chandra-Bhaga completed at a cost of Rs 2.30 crore, laid foundation stone of ITI building at Killar estimated to a cost of Rs. 5.62 crores, Govt. Degree College building to cost Rs 6.7 crore, Sewerage disposal system to the residents of Killar and adjoining areas, estimated to cost Rs 8.29 crore and Rs 96 lakh beautification project for The Mall of Killar town.
The Chief Minister said Rs 8.29 crore sewerage disposal system for Killar and adjoining villalges were in fulfilment of the Total Sanitation Campaign launched by the State Government and would be a mile-stone in providing quality sanitation facilities to the residents of the Pangi valley.
He said the scheme would be benefiting about 3500 residents of the valley and cover Naha, Government Colony Killar, Panah, Kuffa, Kawas, Chowki, Mahaliyat, Karel, Parmas, Karothi, Nijhar and Thamoh villages in the valley.
Prof Dhumal said the State Government had made separate budgetary provisions for the development of the tribal areas and regular monitoring of the same was being carried out.
He said one MW Sach Hydro Electric Project would also be dedicated soon to the people of the valley. He directed HPSEB and Himurja to identify and investigate entire hydro potential to construct maximum hydro projects in the area.
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