SHIMLA: Acting tough, the Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday announced a series of measures aimed at curbing haphazard construction in key areas of the state. It said the Cabinet at a recent meeting approved plans to extend the planning area in Shimla, Chopal and Kullu, with particular focus on addressing the challenges posed by unplanned development. Shimla, a city known for its picturesque landscapes, currently boasts 17 existing green belts within the planning area, covering 414 hectares, and 76 per cent of this area is designated as government land. Now, the state has given the green light to declare an additional eight areas as green zones, an official statement said.
These include Retreat, Mashobra, Band Tukda Andri, Shiv Mandir Andri, Tal and Giri, DPF Khalini, BCS Mist Chamber, and Parimahal of Shimla. (IANS)