1                  Other Infrastructure and Services

 

1.1                                    Power

State of Himachal Pradesh is power surplus state in India because of its vast potential of hydroelectric power. The power generation, transmission and supply is responsibility of HP State Electricity Board (HPSEB). GoHP is also exploring vast hydroelectric potential of the State through private sector participation.

Table  STYLEREF 1 \s 1. SEQ Table \* ARABIC \s 1 1  Snapshot of Power Infrastructure in Shimla

Description

Details

Length of 33 KV Line

24.8 km

33 KV Substations

4

Length of 15/11/2.2 KV lines[1]

752.61 km

Length of LT lines

1243.5

No. of Transformers

617

Number of Consumers

89001

No. of Consumers with Electronic M.

21535

Total Connected Load

375.72 MW

Peak Load (Summer)

53

Peak Load (Winter)

66

T&D Losses

47.95 MU (15%)

The quality of power supply is not only dependent on power availability but also on distribution infrastructure of the City. Shimla being an administrative and service center, majority of electric supply amounting to more than 82% accounts for domestic and balance for commercial. The salient features of power infrastructure of Shimla is presented in Table 18.1.

 

Table  STYLEREF 1 \s 1. SEQ Table \* ARABIC \s 1 2 Demand and Supply during Peak Time

S.N.

Year

Season

Demand (MW)

Supply (MW)

1

2003-04

Summer

29

29

Winter

40

40

2

2004-05

Summer

33

33

Winter

44

44

3

2005-06

Summer

35

35

Winter

46

46

 

 

Figure  STYLEREF 1 \s 1. SEQ Figure \* ARABIC \s 1 2  Projection of Power Demand

1.2                                    E-Governance

GoHP has taken several initiatives to implement e-Governance systems and procedures with the intention of improving service delivery and bringing out transparency in its functioning. The key initiatives under this area of reform are as under

(1)               State has formulated IT Policy and SWAN implementation is under progress. Local Area Network has been established in HP Secretariat. Majority of Departments including Shimla Municipal Corporation have their websites

(2)               Himbhoomi: Himbhoomi Land Records Software Application has been developed by NIC. The data entry process of 104 Tehsils/Sub Tehsils is in progress while 52 Tehsils have completed computerization process and started issuing computerized copies of land records

(3)               HimRIS: HimRIS Application developed by NIC is being used to register property documents. The total time taken in registering a document has reduced to less than 30 minutes. Prior to computerization, the registration process used to take between 2 to 7 days

(4)               VAHAN and SARATHI: VAHAN and SARATHI applications developed by NIC are being used for issuance of computerized driving licenses, registration of vehicle, transfer of ownership, issuance of NOC, permits, taxes and traffic checking and challans

(5)               e- Praman: e-Praman is a certificate issuance system The project has been implemented by State NIC and Department of IT. The system delivers certificates (bona fide certificate, rural area certificate, indigent certificate etc.) that are issued by the District Administration

 

It is recommended that e-governance cell established in SMC for implementation of e-governance agenda should be strengthened. The effective e-governance agenda would also require business process reengineering. The list of services to be covered through e-governance would include:

         Forms Registration of Birth and Death

         Public Grievance Redressal 

         Computerization of Property Tax

         Municipal Accounting System

         e-Procurement with availability of tender documents on web site

         Billing Systems for property tax, utility bills

         Forms for building approvals

 

1.3                                    Health and Education

GoHP through Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Education is responsible for provision of medical and educational infrastructure. Major health and education facilities in the State are only in Shimla, which cater to almost entire state population. The health and education infrastructure status in Shimla is highlighted in Table 18.3.

In order to promote healthcare in Shimla, SMC shall provide following facilitating services

      Supply of clean and safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for maintaining hygienic conditions;

      Control of mosquito breeding;

      Control of stray dogs; and

      Regulation of hotels and roadside food vendors

GoHP should encourage public private partnership in primary education for maintenance of buildings and infrastructure. It should take strong steps to ensure the quality of education in schools through standardization and performance incentives.

Table  STYLEREF 1 \s 1. SEQ Table \* ARABIC \s 1 3  Snapshot of Health and Education Infrastructure in Shimla

HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE

No. of Hospitals

7

No. of Primary Health Centres

3

No. of Dispensaries

21

No. of Beds in Govt Hospitals

1021

No. of Doctors

343

No. of Private Hospitals

3

No. of Beds in Private Hospitals

155

EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE

No. of Aganwadis

14

No. of Primary Schools

63

No. of Middle Schools

7

No. of High Schools

9

No. of Secondary Schools

7

No. of Colleges

7

ITI and Polytechnics

1

Source: Economic and Statistics Department, 2002