Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh called on P. Chidambaram

Shimla: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh today called on union finance minister Mr. P Chidambaram in north block New Delhi and requested him to provide special assistance for various ongoing developmental projects in Himachal Pradesh. Thakur Kaul Singh revenue minister and Mukesh Agnihotri industries minister accompanied the chief minister in the meeting.

Virbhadra Singh requested the union minister to provide Rupees 500 crore to the state for strengthening the infrastructural network in the state. He requested for declaring the Chandigarh -Baddi new railways line as project of national importance keeping in view of its geographical and strategic importance. He said that survey of this new railway line has been completed and added that this new railway line will facilitate the movement of goods and services from the industrial areas of the state. He said that state govt. is willing to provide all necessary support and infrastructure for setting up this new railway line.

Virbhadra Singh said that the central team has visited the state to assess the flood losses and has submitted its report to the union govt. He requested the union govt. to expedite the process of the report and release the funds for undertaking various socio economic and development projects in the flood affected areas.

He requested the union finance minister to start construction work on Bhanupalli-Bilaspur railway line as per the decision taken in Prime Minister office on 8th August 2007 in which it was agreed to fund the project in the pattern of 75:25 between railway and the state govt. He said that so far only 44 kms of the rail line has been constructed in the state since independence and requested the union minister to provide adequate funds to railways projects in the state.

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