Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday laid the foundation stones of seven development projects, including four-laning of approach road to local Airport and concrete lining of Bist Doab Canal to take region’s growth to a new level.The bouquet of projects, with a total cost of Rs 157.96 crore, also includes laying foundation stone of cricket stadium, renovation of bus stand, development of city centre and water supply & sewerage project besides laying foundation of Saragarhi Stadium at village Damunda.
In addition, CM Channi also announced that the approach road to Airport would be connected Jalandhar-Hoshiarour National Highway having a total stretch of 5.55 km along with Bist Doab canal. This road, leading to airport, will be constructed four lane at a cost of Rs. 41.40 crore with its completion in one year, said CM Channi adding that this project would also ensure easy and accessible approach for commuters proceeding towards airport as well as saving their precious time.In another major project to provide potable drinking water to Municipal Corporation Jalandhar with a daily capacity 113 cusec up to the year 2036 and 150 cusec till 2051, CM Channi said that this project to be completed at a cost of Rs 81.95 crore. Under this prestigious project, Bist-Doab canal will be fully renovated with concrete lining from Jalandhar Branch’s burji no 90,000 up to burji no 2,26,000 as this 66-year old double tiled stretch was in dilapidated condition .
CM Channi said that now the work of concrete lining had been initiated, which would be accomplished in mid January.Fulfilling another major demand of people of this region, CM Channi also laid foundation stone of 17km long sewerage line at a cost of Rs. 10.44 crore, which would also ensure basic amenities including house connections to nearly 4,000 households. The project will be completed by August 2022 as the work is all set to start within a few days. The City Centre project will be completed at a cost of Rs..20.85 crore spreader over 36 kanals, said the CM Channi this would be one of the state-of-the-art project. The City Centre will have 400 shops, 100 booths, underground parking, lift facility besides Ambedkar Bhawan. Having an ample parking space, the project will certainly solve the traffic congestion in the city area, he added.Laying foundation stone of cricket stadium with capacity of 5000 seats, CM Channi said that this stadium would promote sports amongst youngsters. The project would be completed at a cost of Rs . 2.02 crore near Dusshera Ground.Likewise, the Adampur Bus Stand will also be transformed to a modern one having facilities booths for street vendors, public conveniences, ramps etc. The bus stand project will be accomplished at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore.
The Chief Minister also reiterated that the Punjab Government is fully committed for the holistic development of both urban as well as rural areas. He said that the historic decisions have taken to cherish the aspirations of people including per unit reduction in electricity rates, waiving off arrears of electricity bills, propriety rights to slum dwellers under Basera Scheme, ‘mera ghar mere naam’ to those living within lal lakeer, slashing rates of petrol and diesel etc.In a major reprieve to people of Punjab, CM Channi said that the State Government had also fixed the rates of sand and gravel per cusec feet at Rs. 5.50 besides providing free power to rural water supply schemes. He also said that services of 36,000 contractual employees were also being regularised besides increasing minimum wage of skilled workers by Rs. 415. The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Saragarhi Stadium at village Damunda, which would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8 crore.Meanwhile, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries also paid obeisance at Gurdwara Sant Baba Bhag Singh, Sri Jabbar Sahib, where he also partook langar. Earlier the Chief Minister also planted a sapling in the Canal Rest House.Prominent amongst others included Member Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Chairman Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training Board Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Kartarpur MLA Chaudhary Surinder Singh, MLA Rajinder Beri, former MLA Kanwaljeet Singh Lally, President Nagar Council Adampur Darshan Singh Karwal, Special Principal Secretary to CM Kamal Kishor Yadav were also present.