09HP01A.qxd 10/8/2013 6:11 PM Page 1 m c Shimla 23° 14° b y VIGNETTES 3 Shahi Theatre of Shimla for the ‘aam aadmi’ HIMACHAL DIARY Musical evening marks Raising Day of Army Training Command 4 The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday October 9 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Efforts afoot to revive Nurpur Silk Mill RAJIV MAHAJAN “ The corporation has planned to open its showroom in Shimla and has set a target of NURPUR, OCTOBER 8 producing 1,000 metre silk cloth every month. This unit will produce the latest designs “ The Himachal Pradesh General Industry Corporation (HPGIC) is all set to revive sick Nurpur Silk Mill, which had once earned the fame not only in the state but also in the country for its silk. The previous BJP government had taken the initiative after exploring the possibilities of its revival, but the proposed strategy has taken a final shape after the present government came to power. This silk thread reeling and cloth weaving mill set up in 1964 had accumulated loss- — BR Verma, MD, HPGIC es for about two decades and finally, the HPGIC had stopped its silk reeling unit in 2001. At present, this mill is producing seven varieties of fabric like chiffon, crep jari, chiffon jari, soft silk and pure silk. According to the new strategy, the sericulture unit of the state industry department will run the silk reeling unit of the mill whereas sarees and dresses will be produced by the HPGIC itself. The HPGIC has formulated a strategy to modernise its production as per the requirement of the market by adopting new fashion technology. For this purpose, it will also take assistance of the government’s fashion designing institute, NIFT, Kangra. According to BR Verma, managing director of the HPGIC, the state government has taken the decision to revive the old glory of the Nurpur Silk Mill. “The cor- poration has planned to open its showroom in Shimla and has set a target of producing 1,000 metre silk cloth every month. This unit will produce the latest designs,” he said. He said weavers of the mill would be trained and its machinery would also be upgraded keeping in view the requirements of the market . He said the corporation had planned for an aggressive marketing of silk products and three exhibitions would be held in Shimla, Dharamsala and Kullu during the Dasehra this month. Moreover, the corporation is Continued on page 2 NATURE’S SPLENDOUR: People enjoy the sunset after a downpour in Shimla on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar Illegal mining goes on unabated in Neugal riverbed RAVINDER SOOD Illegal and unscientific mining in the Kangra valley has resulted in a large-scale deforestation, landslides and flash floods. The situation is alarming as over 20,000 hectares of land has been affected by mining, quarrying and other activities in the region, resulting in drastic reshaping of landscape. PALAMPUR, OCTOBER 8 The state government had recently imposed a complete ban on mining in the Neugal riverbed and other tributaries of the Beas. However, the large-scale illegal mining and quarrying is going on unchecked in the region. It is not only creating environmental imbalances but also causing a huge loss to the exchequer every year. The local administration is helpless to initiate Tractor-trailers extract stones from the Neugal river, near Palampur. Photo by writer Encroachments on roads endanger lives of pedestrians RAVINDER SOOD PALAMPUR, OCTOBER 8 A steep rise in road mishaps in Palampur has worried senior citizens and parents of school-going children as in most of the cases pedestrians and schoolchildren are the victims. In the past six months, more than 30 accidents involving highspeed two-wheelers have been reported from different parts of the town. Six people have lost their lives in these accidents. Police sources said largescale encroachments on the roads in the town were responsible for the mishaps. The road from Nehru Chowk to Bindravan stretch of the Pa l a m p u r - D h a r a m s a l a National Highway No. 24 had turned into a death trap. The police also admitted that most of these accidents had taken place at Ram Chowk and nearby SSB Chowk where shopkeepers had encroached upon the Palampur- Dharamsala state highway. The police said until these encroachments were not removed, accidents could not be avoided. Though the local police and the PWD authorities are well conversant with the situation, they have failed to initiate any action. An officer of the PWD said in 2011-12 they had planned to widen the highway after removing the encroachments, but due to the political pressure the plan could not be materialised. Meanwhile, People’s Voice, a voluntary organisation in the town, has urged the Superintending Engineer, Fifth Circle, HP PWD, Palampur, to remove encroachments on the highway. Neelam Sood, KB Rahlan, Daleep Sharma and Subhash Sharma, members of the organisations, have sought the CM's intervention in the matter. c m y b any action against defaulters who enjoy "political shelter". It is on record that illegal and unscientific mining in the Kangra valley has resulted in a large-scale deforestation, landslides and flash floods. The situation is alarming as over 20,000 hectares of land has been seriously affected by mining, quarrying and other activities in the region, resulting in drastic reshaping of landscape. Illegal mining has posed a serious threat to the existence of dozens of irrigation and drinking water supply schemes which get water from the small rivers of the region. The existence of Kirpal Chand Khual Charnamati and Lower Baijnath Kuhals, feeding 50 panchayats of Palampur, Bhawarna and Baijnath blocks, is in danger because of continuous mining in the catchments of Neugal and Binwa rivers. Despite extensive losses to the drinking water supply schemes, the Mining Department has failed to check the menace. The issue relating to illegal mining in the Kangra valley was already under consideration before the Himachal Pradesh High Court. A senior official of the IPH Department said if no timely action was taken, a number of drinking water supply schemes would go dry in the next three years.
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