Effective and regular monitoring of on-going projects is vital for time bound and quality completion of various infrastructural developmental projects being executed by various agencies in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Thursday.
The chief minister was reviewing the progress on ‘Him Pragati’ portal to fast track clearances and approval of various developmental projects. Him Pragati is an online monitoring system launched by the State government in October last year.
Under the new system all the ongoing projects are being monitored and the investors briefed the Chief Minister about issues being faced by them in getting various clearances and no objection certificates from the authorities. These issues are redressed in the meeting with the Chief Minister giving time bound directions for concerned departments for their approval and according clearances.
Chief Minister said that all these initiatives have been taken to facilitate ease of doing business with direct interface with the entrepreneurs investing in the State. He assured that the entire system is online and the issues raised by the investors would be redressed and monitored regularly.
"Efforts would be made that not even a single issue raised by the entrepreneurs goes unattended," he said, hoping that such direct monitoring by the State level committee would attract huge investment in the State from all sectors. This system will emerge as focal point and platform for redressal of all the grievances of the entrepreneurs in time bound manner at the highest level.
Thakur said this portal has been developed to ensure effective online monitoring of various industrial, tourism, power and other infrastructure projects for fast clearance and approval of various developmental projects being implemented in the State. The investors and potential entrepreneurs are now able to know the status of their projects by easily logging on to this portal.
He said 52 projects, with an investment of over 8690 crore have been uploaded in the Him Pragati portal. In the first phase, involving estimated investment of Rs. 25 crore or above have been included in it. "The portal aims at fast tracking of investment and accelerating the process of various clearances and approval from different departments," he said, adding that action on concerns and queries and project developers are also being redressed through this portal.
The Chief Minister said five tourism projects -- Rs. 289 crore Himani-Chamunda rope way, Rs. 35 crore Snow Valley Resorts and Management Institute Shimla, Rs. 150 crore Dharamshala rope way, Rs. 200 crore Bijali Mahadev rope way and Rs. 340 crore Palchan Rohtang rope way are being monitored by the Him Pragati portal.
Thakur said in addition to this, 12 power projects with an investment of Rs 4316.10 crore are also available in the Him Pragati portal for monitoring their execution. He directed the officers to expedite FRA and other clearances so that these projects could be taken in hand soon.
He said that 23 industrial projects with an investment of Rs. 2708.62 crore have been uploaded on the ‘Him Pragati’ portal to have access of the implementing agencies for raising their various queries for their speedy redressal.
The Chief Minister said that he himself would monitor the progress on Him Pragati portal quarterly so that pace of development could be accelerated on the projects. The government will also consider inclusion of projects below Rs. 25 crore so that maximum developmental projects are covered for effective monitoring.