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Himachal, Belarus firm in MoU to build skyway in Dharamshala



Himachal Pradesh today signed an agreement with a Belarusian company for starting a skyway transport facility in the tourist destination of Dharamshala.
The MoU was signed by Himachal Pradesh government with Sky Way Technology Corporation, a transport and infrastructural development company of Belarus.
Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said the facility would be started in the next three years.
Dharamshala would be the first town in the state to provide this transport facility at reasonable rates.
He said the facility would be developed in two phases in a radius of 15 kilometres in Dharamshala.
In the first phase, 8 kilometre-long airway would be constructed for which the work would start in next three months, whereas the remaining work would be completed in the second phase.
Sharma said that a train-like bogie would run at a speed of 50 kmh with the facility of travel for six passengers at a time.
Passengers will have to spend Rs 60 for travelling a distance of 15 kms and as many as 20,000 passengers would be able to use the facility in a single day.
He claimed this is an accident-free transport service and there would be no impact of earthquake on it as well.
The minister said Rs 38 crore would be spent on developing one-km skyway track.
The facility, he said, would not only benefit tourists visiting Dharamshala, but also locals who could transport their goods through it.
The train would be constructed within India, said the chief executive officer of the company.
The aim of the facility would be to attract tourists in the state.
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Town and Country Planning (amendment) Bill introduced in Vidhan Sabha



The Bill provides for regularization of illegal constructions in Municipal and planning areas in the state even in the cases in which building plans have not been approved at all.
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma Wednesday introduced the Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill seeking to regularise illegal constructions "as is where is" basis.
The Bill provides for regularization of illegal constructions in Municipal and planning areas in the state even in the cases in which building plans have not been approved at all.
However, there would be no exemption for regularization of constructions in green areas and heritage areas, encroached lands and pockets kept for parks, sewerage or other facilities and the parking converted into other use would not be regularized except in cases where alternate equivalent and excess space is available for parking.
The regularization fee would be very nominal, Rs 800 per square mts would be charged in case of deviation from building plan within Municipal areas and the same would be half in case buildings outside municipal areas.
In case no permission had been taken for development, the regularization fee would be Rs 1200 per sq mts in Municipal areas and Rs 600 per sq mts in areas outside the Municipal limits.
The regularization fee would be doubled in case of commercial, hotel, and tourism, industrial or other use.
Introducing the Bill, Urban Development minister said that the government had tried to address the issue of regularization of unauthorized building from constructions raised in violation of the Act by bringing retention policies from time to time.
Under the said retention policies/guidelines, 8198 cases of unauthorized construction were received out of which 2108 were retained and 6090 are yet to be regularized and at present there were 13,000 unauthorized buildings up to March 2016 and demolition of such a large number of unauthorized constructions was neither feasible nor desirable as it would result in undue harm to owners and occupants.



Master Plan for mountain town near Jubbarhatti in 2 weeks: HP Min



A master plan for setting up a mountain town in Jubbarhatti near Shimla airport would be in place within two weeks and a special purpose vehicle will be set up within a month, Himachal Pradesh minister Sudhir Sharma said.
This was decided at a meeting between Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE), the executing agency selected by Singapore government here.
During the deliberations for execution of the proposed project of mountain town, it was decided to speed up its execution and the plan of the proposed town has been finalised.
Sharma, the state's urban development minister who presided over the meeting today, said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed for the purpose within a month which will constitute five board members, with one member from HIMUDA and four from SCE.
He said that the master plan will be finalised within two weeks and an agreement between Himachal Pradesh and Singapore governments will be signed within this month.
The Himachal Pradesh government proposes to set up a township near Shimla airport which is about 25 km away from the state capital headquarters.
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Himachal okays proposal to make Dharamshala its 2nd capital



The Himachal Pradesh cabinet today approved a proposal to make Dharamshala as the second capital of the state The decision was taken in cabinet meeting today chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who had earlier during his winter sojourn to Kangra had expressed his desire to make Dharamshala as the second capital.
The Himachal Pradesh cabinet today approved a proposal to make Dharamshala as the second capital of the state.
The decision was taken in cabinet meeting today chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who had earlier during his winter sojourn to Kangra had expressed his desire to make Dharamshala as the second capital.
Following the cabinet's approval, a mini secretariat would come up in Dharamshala to house the offices of ministers and senior officers.
Commenting on the decision, Urban Development minister Sudhir Sharma, an MLA from Dharamshala, said it was biggest gift of the government to the people of lower areas.
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