‘All iz well’ as per Bragta as opposition slams poor road conditions in apple belt

Shimla: Presiding over a review meeting of apple season arrangements with senior officers of district administration, PWD, police and Horticulture department Narender Bragta, Himachal Horticulture Minister said that more than 90 lakh apple boxes has been transported to various markets during the ongoing apple season from the state. bragtaji

He said that over 60 lac apple boxes had been transported from Shimla district only. Besides, about 3600 MT apples had been procured under market intervention scheme, (MIS) he added.

He said the government has taken various effective steps to ensure proper arrangements for the apple season and special emphasis had been laid to ensure timely repair and maintenance of roads damaged due to heavy rains.

He said that directions had been issued to concerned authorities to ensure the availability of trucks to the apple growers on demand and carry out the repair and maintenance of roads. He said that the concerned authorities were taking stock of the situation everyday.

Bragta said around 1000 apple boxes were being transported every day from the State and so far more than 90 lakh apple boxes had been sent to different markets engaging about 19 thousand trucks. He said that trucks were being made available to the growers as per their demand and proper arrangements had been made for additional trucks for which Darlaghat, Barmana and many Truck Unions of Punjab has been contacted.

The Minister said that extra police personnel have been deployed for clearing the traffic jams on specific points. He said that dozer, cranes and heavy machineries had been pressed into service in different roads in Shimla district at land slide prone areas.

He said the state government has fixed the apple transportation rates and stern action would be initiated against those transporters who would violate the rates.

Suresh Bhardwaj, Rakesh Verma and Khushi Ram Balnatah, MLA’s from Shimla district were also present in the meeting and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements for apple season.

Meanwhile opposition Congress came down heavily on the BJP government and lashed out for the poor preparedness of the state government leaving apple growers in the lurch for absence of trucks and bad roads in the apple producing areas.

Congress spokesman Kuldeep Rathore said, thousands of apples boxes were held up in many apple growing areas because most rural roads were blocked. Apple harvest was at its peak and transporters were not going to the interiors because of bad condition of roads.

Sanjay Chauhan, general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Fruit and Vegetable Growers Confederation said growers are being harrassed for arranging trucks.The pending demand for trucks from Rampur, Dalash, Rohroo, Jubbal, Kharapathar, Kotkhai, Chopal, Nankhari, Theog and other apple growing areas has crossed 1150 trucks, he said.

Chauhan said farmer were being charged 8 to 10 times more freight than what happens to be the normal prevailing rates and the government was simply issuing statements in the media which showed it has no knowledge about the realities on ground and the problems being faced by the farmers.

He said traffic jams were a regular feature in the apple belt and truckers have started avoiding coming because of the poor road conditions.

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21 Responses to "‘All iz well’ as per Bragta as opposition slams poor road conditions in apple belt"

  1. Dinesh Chauhan   August 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    1000 apple boxes daily being transported!!! That’s just 2 trucks per day.

    Who says Bragta is not aware of the ground realities 😉

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  2. Dinesh Chauhan   August 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    1000 apple boxes daily being transported!!! That’s just 2 trucks per day.

    Who says Bragta is not aware of the ground realities 😉

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  3. NITYIN   August 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    The “1000 boxes” quote is as per the govt press release. Even if it is a misquote, I guess the babu must have corrected the minister.

    BTW, posting this reply from Kufri from my mobile as am stuck in the jam since 3.30 am. Its already been 90 minutes here in the jam.

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  4. NITYIN   August 16, 2010 at 5:02 am

    The “1000 boxes” quote is as per the govt press release. Even if it is a misquote, I guess the babu must have corrected the minister.

    BTW, posting this reply from Kufri from my mobile as am stuck in the jam since 3.30 am. Its already been 90 minutes here in the jam.

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  5. Amar Singh   August 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    In order to transport estimated 3 crore apple boxes it shall require 80 years @ 1000 boxes per day!!! If all is well, then why the man made traffic jam at Kufri? Does it mean that no policeman, PWD person or officials responsible for availability of trucks, obeys the instructions of the minister? He should not close the eyes from the ground realities otherwise if someone hurls a shoe on him, don’t be surprised, he deserves it.

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  6. Amar Singh   August 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    In order to transport estimated 3 crore apple boxes it shall require 80 years @ 1000 boxes per day!!! If all is well, then why the man made traffic jam at Kufri? Does it mean that no policeman, PWD person or officials responsible for availability of trucks, obeys the instructions of the minister? He should not close the eyes from the ground realities otherwise if someone hurls a shoe on him, don’t be surprised, he deserves it.

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  7. Amar Singh   August 16, 2010 at 6:13 am

    In order to transport estimated 3 crore apple boxes it shall require 80 years @ 1000 boxes per day!!! If all is well, then why the man made traffic jam at Kufri? Does it mean that no policeman, PWD person or officials responsible for availability of trucks, obeys the instructions of the minister? He should not close the eyes from the ground realities otherwise if someone hurls a shoe on him, don’t be surprised, he deserves it.

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  8. Rajeshwar Mehta   August 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Excerpts from Vidhan Sabha proceedings today:
    “The chief minister said that an unusually heavy monsoon had caused much damage to the road network, which the department had so far assessed at Rs 174 crores.

    The government had deployed 137 bull dozers, 330 JCB’s which included 131 engaged from private parties to keep the roads open round the clock.

    About 1250 trucks carrying about 4 lakh apple boxes were leaving the state daily.

    As on date 1 crore and 5 lakh boxes had been marketed outside the state. Under market intervention scheme all 258 collection centers were operational and 5,000 metric tons of apples had been procured under the scheme.

    Despite so much of marketing operations having been conducted, the fruit price at the wholesale auction yards had not fallen and farmers were getting remunerative prices.”

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    • Ranjan Chauhan   August 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

      So for our beloved ministers “all is well”,,,i hope he understands the meaning of this quote …if he knew about the real status i.e
      1.roads are jammed for hours,
      2.there is scarcity of trucks
      3.roads are in their worst condition(Theog-Rohru road)
      4.Farmers are being cheated by the high prices of the transportation

      he would have never commented this..but no our dear politicians have full right to speak cuz they have nothing else to do…its shameful..

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    • Ranjan Chauhan   August 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

      So for our beloved ministers “all is well”,,,i hope he understands the meaning of this quote …if he knew about the real status i.e
      1.roads are jammed for hours,
      2.there is scarcity of trucks
      3.roads are in their worst condition(Theog-Rohru road)
      4.Farmers are being cheated by the high prices of the transportation

      he would have never commented this..but no our dear politicians have full right to speak cuz they have nothing else to do…its shameful..

      Reply
  9. Rajeshwar Mehta   August 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Excerpts from Vidhan Sabha proceedings today:
    “The chief minister said that an unusually heavy monsoon had caused much damage to the road network, which the department had so far assessed at Rs 174 crores.

    The government had deployed 137 bull dozers, 330 JCB’s which included 131 engaged from private parties to keep the roads open round the clock.

    About 1250 trucks carrying about 4 lakh apple boxes were leaving the state daily.

    As on date 1 crore and 5 lakh boxes had been marketed outside the state. Under market intervention scheme all 258 collection centers were operational and 5,000 metric tons of apples had been procured under the scheme.

    Despite so much of marketing operations having been conducted, the fruit price at the wholesale auction yards had not fallen and farmers were getting remunerative prices.”

    Reply
  10. Rajeshwar Mehta   August 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Excerpts from Vidhan Sabha proceedings today:
    “The chief minister said that an unusually heavy monsoon had caused much damage to the road network, which the department had so far assessed at Rs 174 crores.

    The government had deployed 137 bull dozers, 330 JCB’s which included 131 engaged from private parties to keep the roads open round the clock.

    About 1250 trucks carrying about 4 lakh apple boxes were leaving the state daily.

    As on date 1 crore and 5 lakh boxes had been marketed outside the state. Under market intervention scheme all 258 collection centers were operational and 5,000 metric tons of apples had been procured under the scheme.

    Despite so much of marketing operations having been conducted, the fruit price at the wholesale auction yards had not fallen and farmers were getting remunerative prices.”

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    • Ranjan Chauhan   August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      So for our beloved ministers “all is well”,,,i hope he understands the meaning of this quote …if he knew about the real status i.e
      1.roads are jammed for hours,
      2.there is scarcity of trucks
      3.roads are in their worst condition(Theog-Rohru road)
      4.Farmers are being cheated by the high prices of the transportation

      he would have never commented this..but no our dear politicians have full right to speak cuz they have nothing else to do…its shameful..

      Reply
  11. Unruly Rebel   August 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Just wait Neta ji we’ll show you the real face with latest pics and videos then we will see “How Much is Well”

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    • NITYIN   August 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Absolutely, the most shameless minister and government we seen in ages!

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  12. Unruly Rebel   August 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Just wait Neta ji we’ll show you the real face with latest pics and videos then we will see “How Much is Well”

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  13. Unruly Rebel   August 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Just wait Neta ji we’ll show you the real face with latest pics and videos then we will see “How Much is Well”

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    • NITYIN   August 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Absolutely, the most shameless minister and government we seen in ages!

      Reply
  14. Anonymous   September 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Dear Narinder You are doing a great job, keep working hard for the benefit of the poor people of . Himachal. Do not let even the nature defeat your resolve. I am in USA , Let me know if I could help. Even USA had no answer for hurricane which caused havoc , People of the natural disaster states do look up to the govt. to help, but most of the work is done with strong resolve of the good citizens .

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  15. saurabh   September 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    sarkaar aur mantri ji aware hai tabhi to bumper crops me crores of boxes bheje gye hai….
    natural calamaties pr kisi ka bus nhi hai ..aur al is well kahna theek is liye hai ki himmat nhi haari hai…abhi bhi jitna koshish ho sake apple transport kiya ja rha hai…

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    • Amar Singh   September 26, 2010 at 1:13 am

      My dear saurabh,
      Is non availability of trucks a natural calamity?
      Is overcharging by truckers a natural calamity? For a distance of 8 km, Rs.34/- per box were charged although the road is a state highway and fully metalled. The growers had no option but to pay because trucks were not available in time.
      Is the artificial shortage of trays created by the manufacturers a natural calamity?
      Is the man-made traffic jam at Kufri a natural calamity?
      Big cold stores were constructed by the govt in the past in order to regulate crop to avoid glut in the market. These are managed by the hpmc and now being utilized for storing empty crates, packing material and all other junk but not being used as cold stores. This is mismanagement or a natural calamity?
      And so many other factors for which the govt is directly responsible for ruining the apple growers this year.
      The crop will ultimately reach market no doubt. But at which cost and whose cost?

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