IEP Chandigarh, April 22
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Sh. Sukhvinder Singh paid a courtesy call on Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal at Haryana Niwas here today. Sh. Manohar Lal welcomed him with a bouquet, while Sh. Sukhvinder Singh also expressed gratitude to Haryana Chief Minister by presenting him a shawl and a Himachali cap. Himachal Health Minister Col (Dr) Dhani Ram Shandil, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ramkumar, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister, Vivek Bhatia, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Naresh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Solan, Manmohan Sharma, SP, Solan, Virender Sharma and Press Liaison Officer Hemant Vats was also present on the occasion. Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. V Umashankar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Advisor to CM, Foreign Cooperation Department, Sh. Pawan Choudhary were also present. Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal said that the relation of neighbors is more than that of friends and both the states will cooperate in keeping it together. He said that a detailed discussion was held on water and electricity; beside talks on some borders and roads. Both the states will get benefit from this discussion, he said, adding that Adi Badri Dam was also discussed in detail on which work would be started soon. Apart from this, talks were also held regarding the process of setting up new projects in Himachal Pradesh, on which the Himachal Chief Minister also agreed. He said that both the states will get the benefit of electricity and water. Also, discussion was held regarding the recently imposed water generator cess. The Haryana Chief Minister said that the burden of this cess will fall on the people of Haryana. He said that Himachal Pradesh cannot levy any cess on old projects and can levy cess only if the Haryana government agrees to set up a new project.
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