Himachal becomes the first state to notify the Energy Conservation Building Code:
The Himachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code 2018 has been notified in the State to reduce energy consumption demand in commercial buildings.
This code has been formed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, GoI under Energy Conservation Act 2001 and every state needs to amend and notify the code based on local climatic conditions for effective implementation on the ground.
With the mandatory implementation of the HPECBC & Rules, 2018, every commercial building such as educational institutes, shopping complex, hotels, hospitals, and multiplexes, etc having a built-up area of 750 m2 or more shall be granted planning permission by approval/development authority only after the compliance of the provisions of this Code.
The HPECBC-2018 is expected to reduce the energy consumption demand of commercial buildings by 30%.
Based on the provisions mentioned in the code, the climatezones in Himachal Pradesh have been divided into two categories i.e., areas above an altitude of 1600m from sea level shall follow the requirement of cold climate conditions and areas below 1600m from sea level shall follow the requirement of composite climate conditions.
Various destinations will be developed as an added attraction to tourists:
The State government would develop Shiv Dham at Mandi town where replicas of twelve Jyotirlinga would be created as an added attraction to the tourists as well as locals.
Under the project, Mandi lake would also be developed by introducing the concept of Beas Aarti on the analogy of Ganga Aarti.
Union Ministry of Tourism has in principle approved a Rs. 27.18 crore project for the development of Maa Chintpurni temple in Una district under PRASADscheme.
Rupees four crore each have been sanctioned for developing village Haat at Kangra and Art and Crafts Centre at Bhalei Mata Temple at Chamba and convention centre was coming up at Kiarighat in Solan district at a cost of Rs. 24 crore.
Govt. notifies new scheme to involve private sector for better rural health services:
Any private health institution can be opened outside 10 km radius of any government regional or zonal hospital or any other private hospital.
A provision of 25 percent capital subsidy has been made on investment of rupees two crore on the multi-specialty hospital.
Five percent interest subsidy for three years on loan of Rs.1.50 crore.
The super specialty hospital could be opened anywhere for which there would be no condition of 10 km distance.
Five percent interest subsidy would be given for loan of rupees three crore for three years for the opening of a super specialty hospital.
Vandana Kumari appointed Chairperson:
Vandana Kumari from district Hamirpur has been appointed as the Chairperson of H.P State Commission for Protection of Child Rights for a period of three years.
The Members include Aruna Chauhan from Shimla, Niranjana Kanwar from Shimla district, Shailendra Behal from district Kullu, Sapna Banta from district Kangra and Suchitra Thakur from district Mandi.
The Chairperson and the Members have been appointed for a period of three years from the date he or she assumes office or till attaining the age of 65 in case of Chairperson and 60 in case of Members.