Virbhadra to lobby for new schemes, railway projects
The visit, which comes at a time when exercise for preparation of 2013-14 union budget and railway budget is already underway, will see Virbhadra lobby for Himachal Pradesh projects to seek inclusion of some of proposals in the two upcoming budgets.
During his stay, the chief minister is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Union Railway minister Pawan Bansal, Union minister for Transport and Highways C P Joshi and Union Minister for health Gulam Nabi Azad to lobby for new schemes and funding in the state.
He will also meet Union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh for resumption of regular Air India flights between Delhi-Shimla, Delhi-Bhuntar and Delhi-Kangra, beside expansion of air-strips. Himachal has been without air connectivity for the past five months.
“The chief minister will be carrying specific proposals for each project including over-delayed Nangal Talwara railway line, connecting Baddi-Barotiwala with Metroline or broadgauge and four-laning of Highways including Shimla-Kalka Highway. There is an important issue relating to state’s share of 7.19 percent (arrears of Rs 4,000 crore) payable to the state by BBMB as per decision of the Supreme Court,” said Mukesh Agnihotri, Minister for Industries and Public Relations.
Virbhadra Singh, during his meeting
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