Shimla, May 4, 2013: This Himachal Pradesh capital is the first city in the state to develop a sanitation plan, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil said here Saturday.
Speaking at a review meeting of various departments on implementing cleanliness and sanitation programmes in urban and rural areas, he said that decentralised wastewater treatment technology was in place in some areas in Shimla.
The minister said 1,011 panchayats had been declared 'nirmal panchayats' and that Ghumarwin block in Bilaspur district was adjudged 'nirmal block'.
New Delhi, Apr 10, 2013: The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Himachal Pradesh was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Virbhadra Singh. The plan size has been agreed at Rs.4100crore.
In his comments on the performance of the State, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the State has had satisfactory performance. Human development indicators are comparable to any other State and focus on social services is in line with the centre’s priorities.
Shimla, Dec. 14, 2012: The Himachal Pradesh High Court (HC) has stressed that keeping tourist places neat and clean is the joint duty of municipal bodies and the public. It has told the state government to consider the imposition of higher penalties for violation of civic laws.
Dharamsala, Nov. 22, 2012: The filthy and unhygienic public toilets in the land of monasteries which has thousands of Indian and western tourists at any point of time, has come as a blot on the image of Dharamshala. Most of them have broken taps or no water, with broken doors or without latch. Seats in the toilets are stained with beer bottles or cigarette butts thrown around.
Himachal Pradesh. Nov. 13, 2012: A year ago Kuthar Govt school in Solan, Himachal Pradesh had no drinking water and
GIZ-ASEM is currently supporting Shimla in the preparation of City Sanitation Plan (CSP) under the National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) formulated by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India (GOI) in the year 2008. The document has been prepared through a systematic consultation process with citizen groups, elected representatives, and Government departments/ agencies.
New Delhi, August 6, 2012: Living condition of people in Himachal Pradesh has significantly improved during the last decade as seen in the quantum jump in factors like households with a phone rising from 16.5 to 82.3 per cent and access to drinking water reaching 83.9 per cent.
According to household data of census-2011 released here today, the state has highest 10.5 per cent households having six or more rooms, with Bilaspur, Solan and tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti having 19.6 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 14.9 per cent of such palatial houses.
Chandigarh, July 7, 2012: Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said that it was shameful for our country to be “still known in the world for open defecation.”
He, however, announced that Himachal Pradesh will be the first northern state to be Nirmal Rajya (no open defecation state) by March 2013.
Lucknow/Simla, June 8, 2012: Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh give contrasting pictures of the sanitation story in the country. While the latter swears by subsidised toilet building, the latter gave up the subsidy offer route long before. And, while UP is far away from total sanitation, the latter has declared itself Open Defecation Free.
Bhadeshar Mau, a village in Malihabad tehsil of Lucknow, was feted by the central government in 2008 for its work in sanitation. About Rs 3.5 lakh was spent in constructing toilets here. It has about 300 families.
Shimla, May 3, 2012: Himachal Pradesh is making all out efforts to make all 2233 gram panchayats Open Defecation Free (ODF) to become a 'Nirmal State'. "The government is making concerted efforts to make the total sanitation campaign a big sucess in the state," S K B S Negi, Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, said here today.