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Bad roads in apple belt causing deaths and economic loss,says former MLA

Rohit Thakur,former Congress MLA from Jubbal-Kotkhai — Shimla’s core apple belt — has accused the BJP government of neglecting Himachal’s “fruit bowl”,which is suffering due to lack of development,poor health education facilities and ill-maintained roads.

Rohit Thakur,former Congress MLA from Jubbal-Kotkhai — Shimla’s core apple belt — has accused the BJP government of neglecting Himachal’s “fruit bowl”,which is suffering due to lack of development,poor health education facilities and ill-maintained roads.

Thakur,the grandson of former chief minister Thakur Ram Lal,said in Shimla that four years of BJP rule has given a huge jolt to the area’s development. Only last year,the state apple economy had suffered a loss of Rs 700 crore due poorly maintained roads. These included Theog-Hatkoti road,which has now become a death trap,he alleged.

“It is a matter of concern that despite huge funds available from the Centre for improvement and reconstruction of roads,the BJP government has chosen to deprive Shimla district of its due,” said Thakur.

He claimed that no efforts have been made by the state government to utilise funds under PMGSY,NABARD and World Bank to connect the villages in the apple belt. Though five new national highways have been proposed,none of these covers Shimla district,added Thakur. “”he situation in the health and education sector is also bad,as nearly 200 primary schools opened during the Congress regime had been shut. About 41 PDS outlets have also been closed,””he claimed.

Thakur added: “After the state government proposed diversion of funds under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission,locals had to approach the high court to stop it from giving away Rs 13 crore to other districts. Shimla district has also been deprived of funds sanctioned under Japan International Cooperative Agency.”

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