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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presiding over the review meeting on parking, parks, and playgrounds in Shimla town at Shimla
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presiding over the review meeting on parking, parks, and playgrounds in Shimla town at Shimla 

Shimla, January 12, 2016 (News Team): The State Government will explore possibilities to construct alternative roads in Shimla town to ease out the traffic pressure on the circular road. A new alternative road from Hotel Holiday Home (HHH) to Directorate of Education through Krishna Nagar will also be constructed and it would be further linked with the National highway. 

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stated this while presiding over the review meeting on parking, parks, and playgrounds in Shimla town, here today.

Stressing the need to develop more alternative roads from circular road, he said there was scope to construct road from Dhobi Ghat to Malyana and Ruldu Bhatta to Shankli. He directed the Urban development and Public Works departments to explore the possibilities and prepare a comprehensive plan for construction of these link roads within 15 days. “A committee would be constituted for earlier execution of alternative road from HHH for which Urban Development department will work as nodal agency”, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister directed authorities to identify spots on circular road where there was scope for widening of road. The district administration, Municipal Corporation, PWD and UD would jointly execute the work and start widening work immediately where land acquisition was not required. He also directed to shift the store of Electricity Board to some suitable place.

He said that 50 link roads in different wards of Shimla Municipal Corporation area had been identified for widening and improvement for which adequate funds would be provided. Besides, the beautification and renovation works would be taken up at Rani Jhanshi Park on the Mall and Rani Park near Pari Mehal in Kasumpti area.

He said Sabzi Mandi of Shimla town would be re-developed and directed the authorities to expedite the project so that optimum use of the area could be ensured.

Virbhadra Singh said four parking slots were being constructed to provide parking facility to the local people and the tourists. These include parking slot at Sanjauli for 400 vehicles, at Chhota Shimla for 250 vehicles, at Lift for 700 vehicles and at Vikas Nagar for 175 vehicles. He said parking at Chhota Shimla had been constructed while parking facility for 250 vehicles had also been made available at Sanjauli parking. He directed the authorities to remove the un-authorized parking up to 300 metres from the main parking in Sanjauli on both sides of the circular road and also to remove the construction material on the main road to ensure smooth plying of the vehicles. He said that work on parking at Cancer hospital and Tutikandi was under progress.

He said more parking spaces should be marked with yellow line in the city to provide parking facility at nominal rates. He informed that yellow spots had been identified so far for parking of 845 vehicles.

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