Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on 19 January 2017 declared Dharamsala town of Kangra district as the second Capital of the State.
Dharamsala is located at some 250 km from the state capital Shimla. It has its own significance and history to make it the second capital of the state.
• This announcement is significant as 25 out of 68 assembly seats of the state fall in Kangra, Una and Hamirpur districts and Dharamsala was important for lower areas of Himachal Pradesh including Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts.
• The people of these areas will now be benefitted of this special status as now they will no longer travel longer distance to Shimla for their work.
• Dharamsala is a city in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and was formerly known as Bhagsu. Kangra is the largest district in the state with 15 of 68 assembly seats.
• Dharamsala's prominence is known not only in the map of India but also in the world for being the place for Dalai Lama's abode. Moreover, prominent personalities of the world visit this hilly town throughout the year.
• It also owes much of its significance to religious, natural and adventurous tourism.
• A complete Vidhan Sabha building is already existing in Dharamsala. The foundation of this building was laid during the previous tenure of Virbhadra Singh in 2006.
• This town had already witnessed 12 winter sessions of the Himachal Pradesh state assembly so far since the introduction of the practice of annual winter sojourn in 1994.
• It was also selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission.
When: 19 January 2017