MUSSOORIE, June 7
The MLA Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi who is drawing flak due to the incomplete construction work at the Civil Hospital near Landour Bazaar that has been going on since last 10 years, is now mooting for developing Mussoorie as smart hill town or station.
He met Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh at his office on Wednesday and demanded to persuade PM Narendra Modi on his visit to Dehradun during the International Yoga Day on 21 June to declare making the hill towns of Mussoorie, Nainital into smart hill towns. MLA Joshi in a letter presented to the Chief Secretary raised the issue of Shimla Water crisis and feared it could have a cascading affect and hit Mussoorie too in near future. He said that there is lack of investment in the infrastructure and if it is amended then the tourist towns such as Mussoorie can contribute in providing employment and bring added revenue to the town. He demanded a smart town project for the hill stations which are around seven to eight in number and said that the Prime Minister’s visit to state can be opportune moment to do that.
The Uttarakhand Hotel and Restaurant association President Sandeep Sahni has welcomed the step taken by MLA Ganesh Joshi and said that we have been propagating this from a long time and had requested the MLA too to work in this direction and it would be great gift for the people of the hill towns of the state if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi declares it on his Dehradun visit on 21st June. When contacted the former Municipal Board President Manmohan Singh Mall said that a letter was sent to Prime Minister office during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie in month of October last year. The media persons had raised the issue creating Smart Hill stations during the visit of then urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu to Mussoorie who assured to look into the matter. Dharamshala in Himanchal Pradesh is already ahead as it has bagged project under smart city project already.