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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government has approved 75 new industrial proposals and cleared 122 expansion projects in two-and-half years, an official said on Sunday.

These newly approved proposals and projects would draw an investment worth Rs.10,879.19 crore, said an official statement here.

The new and expansion proposals would provide employment to over 20,402 people, the statement said.

Multinational companies like United Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Reliance, Mahavir Spinning Mills, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Himalaya Alkalies & Chemicals Limited have set up their units in the state,  it said.

Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd, Procter and Gambles Ltd, Johnson and Johnson Ltd, Mankind Pharma Ltd, Havells India Ltd, Abbott Healthcare Ltd, Torque Pharmaceuticals and Dabur India Ltd have expanded their existing units.

To ensure time-bound clearances for industrial proposals, the government has set up a state-level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority.

“The government has introduced a common application for seeking approval of setting up industries and the approval will be granted within 45 days,” said the spokesperson.

“The investors’ meet has yielded good results as 104 projects worth Rs.4,189.07 crore has been approved by the government. These projects have been given time of two years to seek statutory approvals from the government,” he said.

Several incentives like electricity duty for the specified extra high tension category consumers have been reduced to 13 percent from 15 percent.

Even the electricity duty for the existing medium and large Industries, except extra high tension units, has been reduced by two percent from 13 percent.

For any existing small industry,  the electricity duty has been reduced to five percent from seven per cent and any new small industry would now be required to pay only one percent electricity duty for five years.

The government is developing three state-of-the-art industrial hubs in Una, Kangra and Solan districts.

Official data shows that Himachal Pradesh got maximum investment from 2003 to 2010 when there was a special industrial package of the central government. Most investments were in pharmaceutical, food processing, textile, packaging and light engineering sectors.

(IANS)

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Tirthan Valley: Himachal Pradesh’s Hidden Paradise

The backdrop of Tirthan valley is the beautiful mountain range which seems to be touching the sky

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known travel destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known trekking destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Tirthan Valley is an unexplored mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh
  • It has something for everyone
  • One can do activities like trekking, birdwatching and camping, etc. at Tirthan Valley

India is full of mountains and there is no dearth of trekking destinations. However, most of the trekking destinations in India have now become highly cliche and overcrowded. Wherever you go, you will find tourists loitering around.

India has many amazing hill stations. Wikimedia Commons
India has many amazing hill stations. Wikimedia Commons

Many people go on treks in search of peace and adventure, however, most of the popular trekking spots have now become highly commercial hubs where locals are trying to capitalise on their location. But, there is this one hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh which is still hugely unexplored. the Tirthan Valley.

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is relatively unknown and has something for everyone. It offers activities like wildlife watching, trekking and fishing, etc.

Here is the list of few reasons as to why Tirthan Valley should be on your must-visit destinations list:

Beautiful River and Riverside Houses 

Tirthan Valley has really beautiful forests and through them flows the Tirthan River. The river is one of the reasons why Tirthan Valley looks so beautiful. Also, you can find riverside guest houses which don’t only look beautiful but are also incredibly cosy.

Tirthan River is beautifully calm and you'll find many different kinds of fishes in it. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan River is beautifully calm and you’ll find many different kinds of fishes in it. Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful mountains surrounded by clouds

The backdrop of Tirthan valley is the beautiful mountain range which seems to be touching the sky, there are dense coniferous forests and sprawling alpine meadows which are perfect for sigh-seeing. Not only is it beautifully serene, but also it is one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh for bird watching.

Visit the Serolsar Lake

Tirthan valley doesn’t disappoint the lake-lovers either. There are two beautiful lakes which you can visit, the Serolsar Lake which is a 6 km trek from the Jalori Pass. This lake in the middle of rocks and snow is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see. There you can also visit a tiny temple devoted to Goddess Buddhi Nagin, the mother of the 60 Nag Devtas who are believed to reside in the lake.

Tirthan Valley is relatively unknown and that's what makes it so peaceful. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley is relatively unknown and that’s what makes it so peaceful. Wikimedia Commons

Experience the Chehni Kothi Charm 

While in Tirthan Valley, visit the charming 1500 years old castle, Chehni Kothi. It was once a 15 storeys high building but now only 10 storeys remain. Chehni Kothi is built in traditional style and is the tallest structure in the Western Himalayan region.

Hidden Waterfalls 

A hike from the Rolla village will lead you to the beautiful waterfall amidst the forested valley. The tiny waterfall is perfect for a small a picnic. Its clean and pristine water will surely make for a serene ambience.

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Other than what all is mentioned above, one can camp under a starry night at the Tirthan valley. One can also witness the culture and tradition of the place. Tirthan valley is a beautiful place full of fresh energy which won’t disappoint you.