Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government has
demanded the Planning Commission grant Rs 121 crore for a road
project aiming to connect an upcoming farm product marketing
complex at Parala in Shimla with terminal markets outside the
In a letter to the Commission`s Deputy Chairman Montek
Singh Ahluwalia, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the
`Modern Market`, being set up at Parala, is the first of its
kind in the state and will greatly benefit horticulturists,
especially apple and vegetable growers, as they could sell
their produce to buyers from outside at remunerative rates and
middlemen could be eliminated.
Dhumal said better road connectivity would attract buyers
from distant places and the farmers would get higher returns.
Chief Minister said the proposed road connecting Parala
with Delhi will not only help in easier transportation of
apples but also help in supply of crops like ginger, garlic,
potato, tomato, peas, pulses, off-season vegetables and citrus
The road would also be beneficial to the growers of
Kinnaur, some parts of Kullu and Mandi areas and proposed it
would by-pass the congested areas like Parwanoo, Solan and
Kalka, he said.