Manali : Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated five days long 9th National Winter Carnival-2020 at Manali in Kullu district and flagged off Winter Carnival Parade from Circuit House Manali after performing Puja at famous Hidimba Mata Temple at Manali. Winter Carnival is organised from 2nd January to 6th January every year. Speaking at Manu Rangshala, the CM said that the State was known for its rich tradition and cultural diversity. He said that the Winter Carnival Manali every year attracted lakhs of tourists from all over the world. He said that this festival has been gaining popularity amongst foreign tourists as well day by day. He said that Manali has been the host for the grand Himachal Winter Carnival ever since the festival was initiated. He said that popularity of this tourist destination and ease of accessibility is what makes Manali a perfect venue for the carnival.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Rs. 163 crore Sewerage Scheme would provide sewerage facilities to Manali town and adjoining areas. He said that the State Government was committed to promote Manali town as the favourite tourist destination of the country as well as world. He said that efforts would be made to create adequate infrastructure in Manali town so that local and tourists could be facilitated immensely. CM said that it was heartening to know that over 153 Mahila Mandals and other NGOs of the area participated in the procession based on different important issues such as cleanliness, drug abuse, Gau Sanrakshan, women empowerment, awareness regarding female foeticide and environment conservation etc.
CM announced that light and sound show would be organized at Manali. He also announced that Primary Health Centre would be opened at Bhakli (Manali). He said that Science classes would also be started at Government Senior Secondary School Bhakli. Jai Ram Thakur also announced that jeepable bridge would also be constructed at Goshal road. He announced that Rs. five crore would be spent for maintenance of left bank road. He said that auditorium would also be constructed at Manali. Various social, cultural and political associations also honoured the CM on the occasion.
CM flagged off Tableau of Mahila Mandals and other NGOs. Later, the CM laid foundation stone of Civil Hospital Manali to be constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 3 crore and inaugurated 55 meter Span Bridge at Klath and of Government Senior Secondary School Building at Palchan constructed by spending Rs. 1.68 crore and Rs. 4 crore respectively. CM also laid foundation stone of Forest Rest House Building, Chiyal Manali to be constructed with Rs. 1.58 crore, of Eco Park, Jagatsukh to be completed by spending Rs. 50 lakh and of Sewerage Scheme to adjoining area of Manali Town by spending Rs. 163 crore. Earlier, the Chief Minister flagged off Manali Winter Hill Climb, a car rally on the occasion. He also planted a sapling of Deodar near Circuit House, Manali. He also released the souvenir brought out by the organising committee and also a poster on Road Safety. He also honoured 102 year woman Thelbaru Devi of Balsari village of the area.