Newly announced National Highways become political issue in Himachal Pradesh #YesPahari

With eyes set on coming assembly election, BJP and Congress continue to play politics on the issue of newly sanctioned national highways. View more at #YesPahari.

While Congress ministers are claiming that announcement of 61 new national highways for Himachal Pradesh is mere political in nature as till now the state has not even received a penny from the Centre for these roads, Hamirpur MP of BJP Anurag Thakur said that the state had received the notification for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 61 national highways in September last year which seems to have been completely ignored by the Congress-led state government.

Since the announcement of new national highways, both BJP and Congress are busy in blaming each other. While the Congress is accusing the Union government of not providing financial assistance to prepare the DPRs, BJP on its part is accusing the state government of making no efforts to prepare the DPRs thus stalling the development of state.

Two Congress ministers – Sudhir Sharma and Mukesh Agnihotri – had recently claimed that the Centre has not even approved the estimates of Rs 240 crore for conducting DPR preparations for these roads. They said that out of this response has been received regarding 17 cases and the remaining still await clearance from the government.

He said development of state has been suffering majorly under the leadership of Singh, who recently pronounced that DPR for 61 new NH’s approved by the Central government has not been prepared as the notification is yet to be received.

Anurag Thakur said that Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari had visited Solan for a rally in June 2016 where he had made an announcement for sanctioning new national highways. He said as a follow up to this, in September 2016, the state had received the notification for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 61 NH’s announced. He expressed disappointment towards the attitude of chief minister Virbhadra Singh for stalling development in the state.

He said making an announcement and then backtracking his own words has become Virbhadra Singh’s forte. He said one day he announces that government will hold an office in second capital Dharamshala and another day he says that there will be no office but regular work will take place like in the past. Then on another occasion he announced that his son will contest State Assembly Elections from his seat and soon said that the statement was made casually.

“And now he is doing the same with the development of national highways in the state. Such a callous attitude is negatively affecting the growth of the state,” he added.

In fact Rs 229 crore has also been sanctioned to prepare the DPR. It is extremely surprising to learn that Virbhadra Singh being the minister for Public Works Development as well is making this claim, whereas the letter from central government was addressed to The Principal Secretary, Public Works Department itself.
Anurag Thakur

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