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Emergencies and Utilities in Himachal Pradesh

Development of Himachal Pradesh as one of the major tourist destinations of India has initiated different types of services and facilities in the state. Due to development of infrastructure and participation of government in various schemes leading to all round development of the state, services like Fire & Emergency, Healthcare, Banking, Communication, Transport, Ambulance, etc. have reached to a different height in this state.

Emergency Services in Himachal

Fire Services in Himachal Pradesh

Fire Stations in Himachal

1. Shimla, the Mall Road
Phone No.: 0177 265 8976

2. Fire Brigade Office Bilaspur
On National Highway No. 88

3. BSL Fire Station
On National Highway No. 3

4. Fire Station Kullu
On Ramshila Road
Phone No.: 01902 222 345

5. Fire Brigade Office Hamirpur
Fire Station Road, Agricultural Colony

6. Fire Station Mandi
National Highway No. 20, Bhiuli
Fire Services in Himachal Pradesh works under the state home department and fire stations are there in some of the places of the state.

15 fire stations of Himachal Pradesh operate from Government Buildings and some of the other fire stations e.g. Paonta Sahib, Hamirpur, Una, Nalagarh etc. are operating from rented places.

Fire emergencies, natural disasters and many other situations are handled by the efficient fire-fighters working in Himachal Pradesh Fire Services Department.

Healthcare Services in Himachal Pradesh

Directorate of Healthcare Services in Himachal Pradesh ensures proper preventive and quality health care services are offered to the people of the state at affordable cost.

Hospitals and Nursing Homes in Himachal

1. Banga Diagnostic
2. Mandav Hospital
3. Sanjeevan Hospital
4. Suket Hospital
5. Banga Associate Hospital
6. Navjeevan Nursing Home
7. Vishal Eye Hospital
8. Chauhan Eye Hospital
9. Surya Life Care Hospital
10. Dr. Puran Chand Hospital
11. Khera Clinic
12. Pawar Nursing Home
13. Guleria ENT Hospital
14. Khanna Clinic
15. Dr. R.K. Mahajan Diagnostic Center
16. Indus Hospital
17. Lady Willingdon Hospital

The healthcare services network of Himachal Pradesh comprises of government hospitals, primary healthcare centers and community healthcare centers. There are private hospitals and nursing homes to cater the healthcare requirement of people of this state. Healthcare services are available for rural as well as the urban people of the state. Welfare schemes are launched by the government in association with the NGOs and other welfare organization to reach the rural areas of the state with the best and most affordable healthcare services.

Ayurveda Hospitals and Clinics in Himachal Pradesh promote natural treatment for different types of ailments. Some of these clinics are Ayurveda Hospital Chota Shimla, Divya Sanjeevani Ayurvedic Hospital Mandi, Himveda Himachal Ayurvedic Hospital Kangra and Sandeepni Ayurvedic Chikitsalayam Palampur.

Yoga Centers located in Himachal Pradesh are also providing holistic approach in treating many types of diseases and helping in promoting Medical Tourism in the state.

Also Read: Hospitals in Kullu | Hospitals in Shimla

Blood Banks in Himachal

For handling day to day treatment of patient especially surgical cases and blood disorder cases as well as to meet up emergency requirement of blood, blood banks are there throughout Himachal Pradesh State. Almost each district of this state has blood banks to provide fresh and tested blood. Find here the names of blood banks in different parts of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Blood Bank Zonal Hospital Dharamsala, Kangra
  • Blood Bank Regional Hospital Bilaspur
  • Blood Bank Regional Hospital Chamba
  • Blood Bank Regional Hospital Hamirpur
  • M S Civil Hospital Rohru Shimla
  • Rippon Hospital Shimla
  • Kamla Nehru Hospital Shimla
  • Blood Bank Zonal Hospital Mandi
  • Blood Bank Regional Hospital Kullu
  • M S Mahatma Gandhi Medical Services Hospital Haroli, Una
  • Blood Bank Regional Hospital Keylong

Ambulance Services in Himachal Pradesh

Ambulances in HimachalReaching the healthcare service centers in time can save most of the critical patients and that is why over the years Himachal Pradesh Government had started off with launch of free ambulance services in the state. As part of a project “Atal Swathya Seva Yojna”, ambulances with Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support have been working in various districts of Himachal Pradesh. Personals including drivers, technicians, doctors, police and communication officers are being trained to run this project successfully. When contacted at the ambulance emergency number 108, they will reach the rural areas within 30-45 minutes and less than half an hour to the city. Fire here some other ambulance services available in Himachal Pradesh.

Disaster Management Services in Himachal Pradesh

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergency Service: 108
Police: 100
Fire: 101
Ambulance: 102
District Control Room: 1077
Himachal Pradesh State has an authority to combat any kind of disaster that emerges in the state. Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority works in coordination with the National Disaster Authority so that the state remains safe and prepared during any kind of disaster. The programs designed and incorporated by the authority aim at pro-active measures that could handle different types of disasters and are based on latest technologies and offer community based services. The government organizations and the NGOs in the state work along with residents of the state to have better disaster management.

Also Read: Emergency Services in Hamirpur | Emergency Services in Manali | Emergency Services in Kullu | Emergency Services in Shimla

Municipal Services in Himachal Pradesh

In the year Directorate of Urban Development was created so that functions of Urban Local Bodies could of this state could be directed, controlled and monitored closely. In total there are 50 municipalities in the state that included Municipal Councils (29), Municipal Corporation (1) and Nagar Panchayats (20). The main functions of Urban Development Directorate is to look after land usage and building constructions, economic planning and social development and town planning and urban planning.  All the districts of Himachal Pradesh have Nagar Panchayats and Municipal Council except Kangra which has only Municipal Council and Shimla which has Municipal Corporation. Shimla Municipal Corporation is the oldest and the only Municipal Corporation of this state.

Construction of public buildings, town halls, markets, libraries, bus stands, parks and their maintenance; street lightening, sanitation and waste management; sewerage system etc. are the responsibilities of Municipal Councils of this Himachal Pradesh.

Banking Services in Himachal Pradesh

More and more banks are opening up their branches in Himachal Pradesh to cater the increasing population of the state as well as the people visiting this state for various purposes. Nationalized and private banks have opened up their branches in various districts of Himachal Pradesh and have set up ATMs to ensure people can do financial transactions as and when needed. State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, J & K Bank, HDFC etc. are some of the prominent banks operating in this state. Find here the information about the various banks in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Private Banks

Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Himachal Pradesh

Jammu and Kashmir Bank has grown considerably in Himachal Pradesh State and quality of services that this bank offers has improved over the period of time. There is very good network of J & K Bank in Himachal Pradesh with its branches available almost in three major districts fo the state. Kangra, Kullu, Shimla are the districts where branches of Jammu and Kashmir Branches have opened up.

State Bank of India in Himachal Pradesh

All the districts of Himachal Pradesh State have one or more branches of State Bank of India operating. Apart from helping people in secure monetary transactions, loans of all types are offered to them to make their life easy. As the branches are present in the remote districts like Lahaul & Spiti too, even the rural customers are able to utilize better banking facilities.

HDFC Bank in Himachal Pradesh

HDFC Bank Branches have been opened in most of the districts of Himachal Pradesh. Personalized services, faster enquiry handling, fast account opening etc. are some of services that have attracted people to open up their accounts in this bank.

Punjab National Bank in Himachal Pradesh

All the districts of Himachal Pradesh have branches of Punjab National Bank. This bank is one of the oldest banks operating in this state and has sponsored other regional banks too. The ultimate aim of this bank is to reach great numbers of rural and urban people of the state by providing impeccable banking services. The various branches of PNB Bank in this state are at Kotwali Bazar, Hamirpur, Joginder Nagar, Moti Bazar, Palampur, Nahan, The Mall in Shimla, Bharmaur, Pandoh, Bakloh etc.

Himachal Gramin Bank in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank was established when Himachal Gramin Bank in Mandi under the sponsorship of PNB and Parvatiya Gramin Bank of Chamba under the sponsorship of SBI got amalgamated. Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank has its branches in all the twelve districts of this state. The bank is under the sponsorship of Punjab National Bank. The main objective of this bank is to serve the remotest areas of this state. Other functionalities of this bank are offering credit for small and large scale industries and the retailers; and offering finances for house, education etc. There are 188 branches of Himachal Gramin Bank in the state and the 2 regional offices are there in Mandi (Sunder Nagar) and Dharamsala (Dari). Number of rural branches are 178; number of semi-urban branches are 9 and number of urban branch of Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank is one.

Other banks that are operating in this state are UCO Bank, Axis Bank, Dena Bank, and ICICI Bank.

Also See: Banks in Hamirpur | Bank Branches in Manali | Bank Branches in Kullu | Bank Branches in Shimla

Insurance Services in Himachal Pradesh

Like in any other state, insurance services both government undertaking and private ones are available in various districts of Himachal Pradesh. Right from life insurance to car insurance to property insurance, services of all types are available for the people. Insurance policies help the policy holders to get compensated for their damages in case of accidents or disasters. Medical Insurance Policies are there for the people to help them get their medical expenses reimbursed. All leading insurance companies have their offices and agents throughout the state. The companies that are offering insurance services in Himachal Pradesh are: Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company, New India Insurance Company Limited, SBI Life Insurance Company Limited, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, United India Insurance Company, Birla Sun Life insurance Company, Future Generali India, TATA AIG Life Insurance Company, National Insurance Company, and Max Business Associates.

Postal and Courier Services in Himachal Pradesh

Post Offices are the only means of transport in the remotest part of Himachal Pradesh. People residing in these places can send/receive letters, parcels, Money Orders through the postal services only. Hikkim, a village located in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, is identified as the highest post office in the entire world. Postal Code of Hikkim is 172144.

Himachal Courier and Post

Courier Services are also there in Himachal Pradesh State to ensure fast and secure services are offered to the customers. The courier services working in the state offer services for documents and goods throughout the nation and also outside the nation. Faster communication and shipment through these courier companies have helped in the growth of business in the state. The important courier companies of this state are DTDC, On Dot Courier, Blaze Flash Courier, and Blue Dart Express Limited.

Communication Services in Himachal Pradesh

Without continuous communication with the people within the state as well as with the people outside the state, it is not possible for any state to grow and prosper in today’s world. Keeping pace with the requirement of the current world, Himachal Pradesh State offers seamless communication services through the Central Government organization BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) and private communication service providers. BSNL, the major service provider in this state offers landline, broadband and mobile services to its customers. Apart from BSNL private service providers like Aircel, Reliance, Bharti Airtel, IDEA, STel and Videocon are the mobile service providers in this state. 

Transport Services in Himachal Pradesh

Transport Services through road is the most common and the easiest one in Himachal Pradesh. Roads are well built and frequent services of buses are available from Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Private bus operators also run frequent bus services which include luxury ones. National Highways No. 1A, 20, 21, 21A, 22, 88, 70 and 72 pass through this state. There are tunnels that connect one district of the state to the other and Rohtang Pass connects Manali and Leh.

Air transport is used during extreme winters when roads are closed. Bhuntar Airport, Jubbarhatti Airport and Gaggal Airport are the three airports of Himachal Pradesh State. Rail transport is also available as there are two railways connecting various parts of Himachal Pradesh with the other parts of the country. These railways are Kangra Valley Railway and the Kalka Shimla Heritage Railway.

Local transport in the state is catered by buses or hired taxis/jeeps.

Also Read: Public Utility Services in Hamirpur | Public Utility Services in Manali | Public Utility Services in Kullu | Public Utility Services in Shimla
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