Dharamshala to be the second capital of Himachal Pradesh

Date: 19 Jan 2017
Dharamshala town of Kangra district will be the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. Earlier winter session of Himachal Legislative Assembly used to take place at Tapovan Dramshala.


In a major political decision Chief Minister Sh. Virbhadra Singh announced today that the Dharamshala will be the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is the only city of Himachal Pradesh in the first list of smart cities project of GOI.

Camping at Dharamsala these days during his annual winter sojourn, the chief minister said the town, some 250km from the state capital Shimla, has a significance and history of its own and fully deserved to be the second capital of the state.
He said Dharamsala held a special importance and value to the lower areas of the state comprising Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts.

The people of these areas would now be benefitted of this special status and they would not have to travel to longer distance to Shimla for their work, a statement quoting the chief minister said.

He said Dharamsala was already marked prominently not only in the map of India but of the world due to its significance owing to many reasons, including the Dalai Lama's abode.

The chief minister said a full-fledged winter session of the state assembly was held for the first time outside Shimla in December 2005. A complete Vidhan Sabha building is existing in Dharamsala for which the foundation was laid in his last tenure in 2006. This town has already been a witness of holding 12 winter sessions of the assembly so for.

Virbhadra Singh said he introduced the practice of annual winter sojourn way back in 1994 to hear the people and see for himself the progress of development works being carried out in the area.

Himachal will be the second State after J&K to have two state Capitals in North India. CM however did not disclose that how the offices shall shift from Shimla to Dharamshala in Winter.

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