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Posted at: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Curb encroachments at Billing: Minister

Curb encroachments at Billing: Minister
Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar (in white) at the Bir Billing tourist resort. Tribune photo

Our Correspondent

Palampur, September 14

Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar has directed the Baijnath SDM and Town and Country Planning (TCP) authorities to check illegal constructions at Bir Billing. Addressing mediapersons at Billing on Friday, he said timely action could save the tourist place from turning into a slum.

He said several tourist spots in the state had turned into slums due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities. These places lack parking lots, dustbins and drinking water facility.

Here, illegal constructions are rampant and the authorities don’t act. The minister said TCP laws should be enforced strictly in the state and officials should not wait for the court orders.

Earlier, Parmar said Billing was a beautiful tourist spot and also the first choice for paragliding. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has already sanctioned a multi-crore project for the development of Bir Billing under the Asian Development Bank funded programme.

Under the project, Bir and Billing will get parking sites, better roads, washrooms and other facilities.

Local MLA Mulakh Raj Premi and Vinay Sharma, district president, BJP, thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning funds for the development of Bir Billing.

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