Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji urged the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for according time bound sanction of Rs. 536 crore for 27 projects, which includes 17 roads and 10 bridges project under the Central Road Infrastructure Fund for the State, keeping in view the geo-graphical conditions of the State.
periodical renewal of Shimla-Matour and Pathankot-Mandi National Highways a must:
Chief Minister was addressing the video conference of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways with the Chief Ministers, Public Works and Transport Ministers of various States today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that keeping in view the density of vehicular traffic on Shimla-Matour and Pathankot-Mandi National Highways, it was essential that periodic renewal and maintenance of these roads be ensured. He urged for providing adequate funds for this to the National Highways Authority of India. He said that 97 kms Sainj-Aut National Highway-305 including Jalori tunnel must be included under the World Bank Green National Highways Project.
CM expressed his gratitude to UM for sanctioning funds:
Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister for sanctioning of 1486 crore Paonta Sahib-Gumma-Fadus Pul road and Rs. 1112 crore for Hamirpur-Mandi roads under World Bank Green National Highways Projects. He also thanked Union Government for handing over 205 kms. Samdho-Kaza-Gramphu National Highway-505 to State Government for development and maintenance. He said that this would give boost to development of tribal areas besides promoting tourism activities in these areas.
Work has been started on 11 National highways following the guidelines of Social distancing: CM
Jai Ram Thakur urged the Union Minister for early clearance of 69 highways of the State so that work could be started at the earliest. He thanked him for according in principle approval to 25 National Highways to the State. He said that the State Government had also provided priority list to the Government of India and urged the Union Government to give sympathetic consideration to the proposal.Chief Minister said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown thereafter work has been restarted on 11 projects on National Highways by following the guidelines of social distancing and disinfection of the Government of India. He said that National Highways Authority of India has also restarted seven projects in the State whereas about 200 workers were engaged.
CM Made a request to rationalize toll barrier at Manali:
Jai Ram Thakur Ji also felt the need to strengthen the office of the National Highways Authority of India in the State to expedite the work on various projects being executed by NHAI in the State. He also urged the Union Minister to rationalize toll barrier at Manali as this was causing great inconvenience to the commuters.Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari assured the Chief Minister for sympathetic consideration of various demands of the State. He also stressed on smooth plying of goods carrier on highways as the Road Transport Ministry way playing a vital role in visualizing the dream of Prime Minister to make India a five trillion dollar economy.
CM urged PM to bring an ordinance to provide financial assistance to the unorganized sector and other workers:
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing a special ordinance by the Union Government to provide financial assistance to the unorganized and other workers, so that the funds available with the Building and Other Workers Welfare Board can also be used for their welfareIn a letter to the Prime Minister in this context, the Chief Minister said that about Rs. 582 crore is available with the Himachal Pradesh Building and Construction Welfare Board. He said that the number of migrant and unorganized workers in the state is very high and in view of the economic condition of the state government, a lack is being felt to provide help to poor labourers.The Chief Minister said that under the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 and Cess Act, there is a provision to use this amount for the welfare of buildings and other workers. But it can only be used for registered workers, which is also the order of Supreme Court.
welfare funds directly being transferred in workers account for March and April
Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that the state government has provided minimum wages and basic services to the workers of industrial and all other sectors of the state. He said that the state government has sanctioned Rs. two thousand to the registered building and construction workers from the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Fund for the month of March and April and this amount is being transferred directly to their bank accounts.
courtesy: CMO Himachal Pradesh