Adequate arrangements for handling apple crop: Shimla DC

By Times Of India on 14 Jun 2018 | read
SHIMLA: In the coming season, apple production in Shimla district is expected to remain around 98 lakh boxes as the recent hailstorm has caused extensive damage to the crop in the district. Shimla deputy commissioner Amit Kashyap on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review arrangements for the upcoming apple season, The meeting was also attended by representatives of apple growers, different transport unions and officials of various departments.

Kashyap said transportation rate would be decided by the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) in consultations with different organizations of apple growers and transport unions and they would submit their report to the deputy commissioner within 10 days. He added that to ensure smooth conduct of apple collection, main control room would be set up at Fagu from July 15 to August 31 while sub-control rooms would be set up at Narkanda, Khadapatthar, Naina (near Balag), Fedajpul, Kuddu and Rampur.

The deputy commissioner said drivers and cleaners involved in the transportation of apple crop would be issued identity cards for which Rs 150 fee has been decided for trucks and Rs 100 for pick-up vans. “Agriculture produce market committee has been directed to work in coordinate with the sub-divisional magistrates concerned to take strict measures to ensure that apple growers are not cheated,” he added.

Kashyap said issue of exempting goods tax of trucks coming from other states for apple transportation has been raised with state government as every years government gives exemption from August 1 to October 31. “Instructions have already been issued to the public works department to repair the main roads and link roads and to deploy adequate machinery at slide prone areas during the season,” he said.

Shimla superintendent of police, Omapati Jamwal said at each control room 30 policemen would be deployed and 100 policemen would be on duty to regulate traffic. “If needed, more policemen would be deployed,” he said, adding that on getting suspicion on any buyers, growers should immediately informed the police.