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2543New townships to decongest Shimla

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  • Rajesh Chandwani
    Apr 28, 2007
      New townships to decongest Shimla
      Tribune News Service

      Shimla, April 19
      Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said today the government proposed to
      impose a complete ban on construction in old Shimla and develop new
      townships in peripheral areas to save the "Queen of Hills" from
      further degeneration. The possibility of developing a new hill
      station would also be explored.

      Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating a call centre here, he
      said all hill stations in the state were developed during British
      rule and the basic amenities there were already stretched to the
      limit. There was urged need to disperse development to the
      periphery.

      The capital was already bursting at the seams and the government was
      already working on a plan to decongest it. Initially, construction
      would be banned in the old Shimla areas. Once the third phase of New
      Shimla was completed, no more construction would be allowed in the
      area.

      He said satellite townships would be developed around the existing
      ones like Dharamsala, Chamba, Una, Kulu, Solan and Nahan. They would
      be self-contained with all amenities and capable of catering to the
      requirements of inhabitants for a long time to come. Reputed
      architects would be requisitioned to plan the new townships.

      Referring to the water problem in Shimla, he said there was no
      shortage. The municipal corporation had not rationed water supply,
      it had only rationalised the distribution to ensure equitable
      distribution. Leakages in the distribution system were being plugged
      to make more water available to the people.

      A Rs 400-crore scheme to bring water from the Pabbar river was being
      planned which would solve the water problem of Shimla for the next
      100 years. In the meantime, another scheme was being implemented to
      augment the supply which would be completed within a year.