BJP MP from Hamirpur and chief whip of the Lok Sabha, Anurag Thakur, raised the issue of a Central University in Himachal Pradesh. He asked Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, about the campus in Dehra.
“When it was decided to establish both the campuses in Dehra and Dharamshala, I was the Environment Minister. Permission was duly granted. However, despite permission being granted Congress then state government did not send the NOC, that caused this delay. But now with the progress, the Campa (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) funds too have been deposited, the project has reached its culmination and soon the foundation stone will be laid,” Minister Javadekar responded.
Recently, the final forest clearance has been given by the Ministry of Environment for 70% complex of Central University in Dehra.
After the project was announced in 2009, efforts were made to fast-track the project. During the term of BJP CM, Prem Kumar Dhumal, a high-powered Central Government committee was selected for choosing the sites in Kangra.
The Central Government committee suggested that there should be two complexes, Dehra to be 70% and Dharamshala in Kangra district to be 30%.