The delay in completion of formalities for receiving a Central grant of Rs 19 crore for the construction of a modern slaughterhouse in the state capital could lead to money getting lapsed as it may be diverted to some other state. Though the union ministry of food processing had agreed in principle to give a grant of Rs 19 crore for the construction of a modern slaughterhouse but there has been an inordinate delay on part of the state government in signing the MOU. It has been conveyed to the state that in case the MOU is not signed by February 29, the Rs 19 crore for Himachal would be diverted for other projects in Andhra Pradesh. Sources in the local municipal corporation (MC) informed that the file for signing of the MOU had been pending in the state secretariat for the past several months. "We have urged the senior officials to process it so that the deadline of February 29 could be met and the money does not lapses,' a senior official said. It has been learnt that the Centre has already made up its mind that in case the MC does not sign the MOU by the end of this month, the money would be diverted for some projects in Andhra Pradesh. Officials say that the delay was caused due to the announcement of early elections. Efforts are being made to sign the MOU in time. The Rs 25 crore modern slaughterhouse project had been pending since 1994 due to paucity of funds. It was only after the union ministry of food processing agreed to provide Rs 19 crore to the local MC that the possibility of the project coming through increased. Infact, the MC has also identified a piece of land near Boileauganj, where the slaughterhouse is to be made. Interestingly, the MC veterinary doctor has even proceeded on a two-month long training to Japan with regard to management and functioning of the modern slaughterhouse while the project seems to be facing an uncertain future. The need for a modern slaughterhouse in the state capital has been felt for a long time but paucity of funds was the main problem. At present the slaughterhouse is located in the Krishnanagar locality of the town and the entire animal waste is being dumped into the nullah. Being located in a heavily populated area, the residents have time and again demanded the shifting of the slaughterhouse to another location. The construction of the modern slaughterhouse will enable proper disposal of the animal waste.

Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today asserted that the four cement plants-- one each near Sundernagar, Alcindi, Chamba and Chopal in Shimla district --would be set up within three years as they would generate local employment and the government would ensure environment protection. Addressing the BJP partyworkers' district

The size of the 2008-2009 Annual Plan for Himachal has been fixed at Rs 2400 crore, an increase of 14 per cent over the current financial year. The plan was finalised at a meeting between Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia in Delhi today.

Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on Wednesday. The 2008-09 Annual Plan for Himachal Pradesh was finalised at Rs.2,400 crore at a meeting here on Wednesday between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. The Plan outlay includes an additional Central assistance of Rs.450 crore earmarked for priority projects.

Responding to the cancellation notice served by the new BJP government, the Brakel Corporation, a Dutch company, has finally deposited the upfront premium of Rs 173 crore for the two mega hydroelectric projects it had secured in global bidding.

Tourism in the hill state is likely to get a major boost with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreeing to provide financial assistance up to Rs 400 crore for developing the necessary tourism infrastructure.

Treatment of waste water like industrial effluents and sewage is a major problem being faced by corporate sector in India. Of the late, due to major policy shift in industrial licensing policy, corporate sector have now started treatment of industrial waste before releasing the same in rivers.

The document on Project Snow Leopard launched by MoEF recently. It stresses on the landscape approach to wildlife conservation in the Himalayan high altitudes and is based on principles of robust science and community involvement in conservation.

Annual extreme rainfall series of 1-3 day durations at stations located inside the Indus basin in India were subjected to statistical analysis in order to estimate point Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and maximum rainfall of different return periods for the durations of 1-3 days.

The study deals with the concept of disease and sickness, the different methods of treatment, the official health policies over the years among the Gaddis of Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh. Jan 2008