New Delhi: State-run Maharatna Power PSU Power Grid, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, has provided support to the Municipal Corporation of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh for creating Smart City Infrastructure. The power PSU had sanctioned funds amounting to Rs 1.98 crore for providing four special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur flagged off truck-mounted sewer jetting and litter picking machines, provided to the Municipal Corporation Shimla, Himachal Pradesh by Power Grid.
Urban Development Minister of Himachal Pradesh Suresh Bhardwaj, Power Grid's Director (Personnel) VK Singh, Power Grid's Executive Director (Northern Region-II) Kailash Rathore senior officials from Power Grid and the government of Himachal Pradesh were also present on this occasion.
One truck mounted sweeping machine with the vacuum cleaner and one truck-mounted compactor has been handed over to Municipal Corporation, Shimla in the month of December 2020.
This initiative of Power Grid will help Municipal Corporation, Shimla in creating a smart city infrastructure and in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene of the city. Further, with the introduction of these technologically advanced machines, the process of cleaning especially in difficult terrains of the hilly region will be done in an easy and rapid manner.
Earlier, one SPV mounted vacuum-assisted road sweeper, two sewer cleaning jetting vehicle machines costing Rs 1.31 crore had been handed over to Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Manali, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Apart from this, 3,250 solar LED street lights and 13,000 twin bins dustbins having financial implication of Rs 11.49 crore, have been supplied and installed in various parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Besides, Power Grid has also undertaken efforts for skill development for local youth in district Lahaul and Spiti, through infrastructure additions and capacity building in the field of mountaineering & allied activities with financial implication of Rs 32 lacs. As part of CSR efforts in the state, 4 Medical Mobile units costing Rs 1.06 crore to Bilaspur District Authorities, two ambulances in IGMC Shimla and District Hospital, Chamba have been provided.
Power Grid's physical assets in Himachal Pradesh as on date stands at 1,590 ckm of transmission lines, 4 sub-stations of 400/220 kV at Chamba, Hamirpur, Banala (all three are state-of- the -art technology Gas-insulated Substation (GIS) and Nalagarh with more than 3,130 MVA of transformation capacity.