Haryana Government has decided to construct small and big check dams on the shivalik foothills for tapping rainy water to be used for irrigation purposes. 23-04-2015
Chandigarh April 23: In a major decision, the Haryana Government has decided to construct small and big check dams on the shivalik foothills for tapping rainy water to be used for irrigation purposes. The Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal directed the Forest Department to carry out a survey for the construction of small check dams and similar survey by the irrigation department for construction of big check dams. Besides, it has also been decided to link Kalesar with Kalka through a metalled road to give boost to tourism in this region. For this, he directed the Public Works Department (Building and Roads) to conduct a survey so that the construction work of this road could be started soon. The decisions to this effect has been taken in the 20th Governing Body Meeting of Shivalik Development Board presided over by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today. It was also decided in the meeting that the next meeting of the Board would be held in the Shivalik Region. The Board approved a Budget of Rs 16 crore for the year 2015-16. Mr Manohar Lal who is also the Chairman of the Board assured that the there would be no dearth of fund for the development of this region and said that budget could be further increased if needed. The Chief Minister said that this proposed road would not only give a major boost to tourism in this area but also ensure the overall development of the region including the Adibadri, a historical, religious and picturesque place in the foothills of the Shivaliks. The region would also get a further boost as prestigious education institutes would also come up as a result of connectivity between Kalka and Kalesar, he added. Mr Manohar Lal directed the Forest and Tourism departments to bring their action plan in the next meeting so that schemes and programmes for the development of region could be finalized. Apart from this, Deputy Commissioners of three districts- Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar would also identify places to be developed for the purpose of tourism. He also directed the concerned officers to conduct regular monitoring of construction of educational institutions and other ongoing development works in the region and submit a status report. While emphasizing the need of optimum utilization of funds, the Chief Minister said that the budget should not be village or urban or rural areas centric and be utilized on the development of the region as a whole. He directed that the budget of Shivalik Development Board should be utilized on special development projects whereas, the routine works should be get done through the concerned departments. He said that priority would be given to address the problem of water in this region by implementing watershed management scheme and tapping water through check dams. It was apprised in the meeting that the Chief Minister had announced to set up Adventure Sports Academy at Tikkar Tal, Morni in district Panchkula and soon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would be signed in this regard between the Tourism Department and Sports Department. It was also apprised in the meeting that the development work being undertaken by the Tourism department at the historical place Adibadri would be completed by the end of this year. In addition, the Forest Department is taking up the development of eco-tourism in Kalesar and Hathnikund. For this, the department has decided to enroll the residents of adjoining villages to look after these places and they would also be imparted training for the same if needed. The Chief Minister said the Members of the Board and the concerned MLAs could give their suggestion for the development of region to Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar who would be the Nodal Officer for receiving their suggestion. Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Kanwar Pal Gujjar, PWD (B&R) Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs Kavita Jain, Minister of State for Cooperation Mr Bikram Singh, Minister of State for Transport Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi, MLAs namely Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Mrs Latika Sharma, Mr Balwant Sadhora, Mr Nayab Singh Saini, Mr Asim Goyal, Mrs Santosh Sarwan, Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Mr P.K Das, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Mrs Sumita Misra, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, Deputy Commissioners of Panchkula, Ambala and Kurukshetra, OSD to Chief Minister Mr Mukul Kumar, Member of Shivalik Development Board Mr Shyam Lal Bansal, Mr Vishal Seth, Mr B.B Singhal, Mr Ashwani Aggarwal, Mr Kanwar Sen Singla, Mr Harsh Chadha and other senior officers of various department were also present in the meeting.