13HP01A.qxd 11/12/2013 7:31 PM Page 1 m c 21° 10° Shimla b y VIGNETTES 3 A visit to Joginder Nagar HIMACHAL DIARY 4 Aiming to achieve big in music industry The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday November 13 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Tourism potential of Pong Dam lake remains unexploited Pinegrove win inter-school hockey tournament Wetland receives maximum number of migratory birds in North India every year LALIT MOHAN need to spend more the parking, he added. As per the plan, the Department of Tourism was to build a tourist reception centre at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore near the structure. The people of the area are, however, saying that the tourist reception centre should be created at the Gaggal airport or any other place where the tourist land and they could be guided to visit the lake. The stakeholders also lodged their protest against the initial plan at a meeting held at the district headquarters. Some people said spending so much on developing the tourism potential of the would be a waste of money. They said due to security reasons, there was restriction on the tourists visiting the Pong Dam structure. In the near future, the security of the dam is likely to be handed over to the CISF and it is going to make things more TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DHARAMSALA, NOVEMBER 12 The Pong Dam lake, an internationally recognised wetland, receives the maximum number of migratory birds in North India. Last year, about 1.23 lakh migratory birds arrived here. However, the tourism potential of the lake has not been exploited. The previous BJP government had given a wide publicity to the Asian Development Bank loan for the promotion of tourism at the Pong Dam lake. In the first phase of the plan, the area near Pong Dam structure was to be develop as a tourist destination, using the funds provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It however, drew criticism from oustees living in the vicinity of the Pong Dam lake. They were sore at not being taken Migratory birds gather at the banks of the Pong Dam lake. A Tribune photograph into confidence while chalking out the plan. The government has planned to spend Rs 10 crore in the initial phase. Sources told The Tribune that as per the plan worked out by the Department of Tourism, most of the amount was likely to be spent in the area near the Pong Dam structure. The department has planned to spend about Rs 2 crore on constructing a parking place near the Pong Dam structure for tourists. The move was termed as wastage of money by the people of the area. Rajiv Sharma, who lives in the area near the lake, said till date few tourists came to visit the Pong Dam. The government should first create infrastructure around the lake rather than creating a parking facility. In addition to that there was ample open parking place on the banks of the lake, so there was no Lack of distribution network ails power sector KULDEEP CHAUHAN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MANDI, NOVEMBER 12 The distribution of surplus power has become a cause of concern for the independent power producers (IPPs) who are executing 8,000-MW power projects in the state. Despite India has been facing power shortage of 1.5 lakh MW, yet there are few takers for surplus power in the country, said top engineers. Himachal Pradesh supplies subsidised power to domestic consumers and Punjab supplies power free of cost to the agriculture sector, resulting in financial losses for state power distribution companies, said top executives of IPPs. Facing difficulty in financing losses, the distribution companies resort to power cuts, Ex-servicemen seek 25% raise in benefits TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MANDI, NOVEMBER 12 Ex-servicemen of the state have demanded a 25 per cent lump sum hike in monthly allowances and other monetary benefits for state gallantry award winners on the pattern received by their counterparts in Punjab. They said this hike would encourage in-service soldiers, ex-soldiers and their families to serve the nation with more zeal. The Himachal Pradesh Honorary Commissioned Officers’ Welfare Association (HPHCOWA) hailed the recent Continued on Page 2 leading to a situation of an artificial cut. “There are no separate distribution networks to sell electricity to different categories of consumers in the country. It leads to a situation where there are no takers for power,” said a top executive officer of the IPP. In the absence of the distribution channel, consumers who are willing to pay more for power are also facing power cuts. As there are few takers for “surplus power” generated during peak summers, the IPPs and other public power companies demand that all state governments should reduce incidents of forced power cuts to ramp up the dormant demand. The government must bear the burden of subsidy or free power and they should allow the state distribution companies to work on commercial lines. Companies must be responsible for reducing transmission and distribution losses. This will obviate the need for power cuts, which have been resulting in artificial demand scarcity, engineers said. Continued power cuts have forced consumers to meet the demand from the diesel generators at exorbitant rate of Rs 12 per unit, thus damaging the environment as well, said experts in the hydro -power sector. “We are able to sell 400MW surplus power at Rs 2 per unit only through power trading corporation at the two power exchanges — India Energy Exchange and Power Exchange of India,” said sources. Failing to recover average cost of power generation (Rs 5 per unit), the state will continue to face the problem of artificial demand scarcity as it is tapping to generate 15,000 MW of hydropower in years to come The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has allowed an open access to consumers who need more than 1 MW so that they do not suffer from power cuts. “However, the open access has its limitations because of the lack of National Grid connectivity for open access in the country,” said the engineers. Mandi lad is in soccer U-14 team TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MANDI, NOVEMBER 12 Rishi Rana (12), a student of Class VIII of the Indus World School here, made his way to the Himachal soccer team to play the Under-14 National Soccer Championship being held in Kolkata. Facing all odds back at his native village Gokhra in Mandi, Rishi made his way into the U-14 team of the state after his talent was recognised by a Kazakhstan Rishi Rana coach at a recent trial camp conducted by the Himachal Football Association at Una. "Rishi has been playing football right from his childhood. He has filled his book with soccer stars, but his ideal is Manchester striker Aguerio,” said his father Tek Chand Rana, who is also a sportsman. Tek Chand thanked Amitpal Singh, president, State Football Association, who provided Rishi a foreign coach at the Una camp, and his school coach Pramod Kumar. The Mandi Football Association hailed his selection saying this would encourage youth to play the game. c m y b complex. The government should, in fact, provide basic infrastructure to private entrepreneurs willing to create places for attracting tourists to the area. The much-celebrated village tourism should be promoted. There are many landmarks as the rock cut Masroor temples, the heritage properties of former Guler state and Kangra art centres that can attract tourists to the vicinity of the Pong Dam lake. If the government involves the locals, it can help generate employment and increase tourism in the Pong Dam area. Now with the new congress government in power it remains to be seen if it takes the suggestions of locals living on the banks of Pong Dam into consideration before spending the amount generated as loan from ADB for developing tourism around Pong Dam. The winning team of Pinegrove School. TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SOLAN, NOVEMBER 12 Hosts Pinegrove School defeated Mayo College Boys School, Ajmer, by 4-2 to win the 16th Sub-Junior InterPublic School Hockey Tournament consecutively for the second year. In a nail-biting final, Anmol Singh scored first goal of the match for the Pinegrove. Thereafter, Mayo boys created regular opportunities for their team, but failed to capitalise on them due to stiff resistance from the home team. Dushyant was the only silver lining throughout the match as he scored the equaliser for the Mayo boys in both halves of the game. Anmol seemed to be on a song as he pumped two more goals for the home team and the score read 3-1 at half time. In the second half, a firedup Mayo side tried to make an impact on the score line, but failed to reduce the deficit. Meanwhile, Pinegrove boys capitalised on the chances that came their way and consolidated their lead through Anmol to make it 42. The Highest Scorer Award went to Dushyant of Mayo College.The Player of the Tournament Award was shared by Saksham Nayol of Pinegrove and Dushyant of Mayo College, Ajmer.
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