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February 09, 2008



Chandigarh February 9:

In a significant development, Union Railway Minister Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav today agreed in principal to create world class Railway infrastructure in Punjab thereby upgrading the existing railway stations and constructing a series of new over and over under bridges throughout the state.

An assurance to this effect was given by Mr. Yadav to Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal in his office at New Delhi.

Taking part in the deliberation Mr. Badal urged the Union Railway Minister for the raising and re-modeling of 17 submerged railway bridges in the districts of Muktsar, Ferozepur and Bathinda.

Mr. Badal also raised the issue of the conversion of cattle crossing gate at village Biring Khera in block Lumbi of Distirct Muktsar into a manned crossing railway gate. He assured the Union Railway Minister that the state government was willing to deposit Rs. 1.25 crore.

He also demanded that the Gidderbaha railway under bridge from Malout should be remodeled on the priority as the funds has already been deposited by the state government with the ministry of railway. Mr. Badal also pointed out that the construction of railway over bridge in Gidderbaha should be cleared by the Ministry of Railway immediately as the state government was ready to bear 100% expenditure of this project besides the execution of this project on its own. He also asked the Union Railway Minister to setup a railway station at village Daula in Gidderbaha block in district Muktsar.

The Chief Minister also impressed upon Mr. Yadav to immediately accord approval for running a tourist luxury train in the state. It may be recalled that the state government had already deposited Rs. 3 crore out of total share of Rs. 13 crore. He asked the Union Railway Minister to direct the Railway Board for signing MoU in this regard as per the erlier terms and conditions of 50:50 sharing between the state government and the Ministry of railway.

The Chief Minister also urged Mr. Yadav for the up gradation of railway station of Jalandhar and Ludhiana as per international slandered.

Mr. Badal also requested the Union Railway Minister to direct the Freight Corridor Corporation of India to decide the location of logistics parks on Ludhiana-Ambala section. He also demanded the laying of new railway lines from Tarn Taran to Goindwal, Rama Mandi to Mour Mandi for these projects survey has already been conducted by the Ministry of Railways. Likewise Patti-Amritsar-Khemkaran-Malanwal (Ferozepur-Jalandhar) line should be provided with alternate routs from Delhi-Bathinda- Amritsar-Jammu. Mr. Badal also urged Mr.Yadav to immediately sanction a rail- road bridge on river satluj at Makhu on Ferozepur-Jalandhar line. He also sought Ministry of Railways approval for allowing constriction on the both sides of the railway lines. He also demanded for the sanction of railway under bridge at Anaj Mandi in Kurali of S.A.S Nagar (Mohali). The Chief Minister sought Union Railway Minister personnel intervention for an early clearance of the proposal for the construction of 18 railway bridges in different districts of the state to reduce the traffic congestion and smooth movement of the vehicular traffic, which was normally caused at the railway crossings.

Mr. Yadav assured the Chief Minister that all the issues taken up by him relating to the up gradation of railway infrastructure in terms of the construction of new railway over and under bridge, railway stations and railway lines would be materialized in a time bound manner. He said since Punjab was a border state and it was the endeavour of the Ministry of Railways to strengthen the railways which would not only bring prosperity in the state but also boost the prospects of agriculture and industry considerably.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by a special Principal Secretary Mr. K.J.S. Cheema, Principal Resident Commission Punjab Bhawan Delhi Ms. Anjali Chib Duggal.

Urges Early Consideration of Demands of Boarder Area

Chandigarh February 9, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister S, Parkash Singh Badal thanked Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for visiting the border areas of Punjab yesterday. Mr. Patil had visited the border areas of Gurdaspur district and interacted with local people to apprise himself of the problems being faced by them.

Mr.Badal, while expressing his gratitude, stated that he had urged the Union Home Minister to visit Punjab for an on the spot assessment of the farmers living near the border fence. The state government had been regularly taking up the matter with both the Home Ministry and Planning Commission for compensating the farmers on an annual basis through a grant of atleast Rs. 10,000 per acre to offset the monetary lose being caused to them on account of the numerous restrictions imposed upon them by the BSF. "We are happy that the Union Home Minister has been able to appreciate the multifarious problems faced by these hard-working farmers" said Mr. Badal. He hoped that the Union Government would be able to sanction the required sum of around Rs. 20 crore to mitigate the economic lose to the farmers. Mr Badal further added that unlike in other states, all land along the border in Punjab was cultivable and was under plough right till the Zero line.

Mr. Badal also requested the Union Home Minister to increase the Punjab's allocation under the Border Area Development Programmes so that the state may be able to plough the infrastructural bottlenecks in the border districts to bring them at par with the rest of the state.



The Punjab Cabinet under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today approved to grant uniform rate of relief for the loss of crops due to water logging or floods between the years 2002-2007 at the fixed rate of Rs.1000 per acre per crop.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the enhancement of relief would entail additional funds to the tune of Rs.1,97,57,000 for the districts of Muktsar, Faridkot and Tarn Taran. It may be recalled that as a one time package of relief for the farmers affected by the 'SEM' (Water Logging) for which earlier an amount of Rs.2.41 crore was sanctioned.

The Cabinet also decided to accord ex-post facto approval to the amended Memorandum of Understanding and also to acquire and transfer 304.04 acres of land (instead of 300 acres approved earlier) to the Joint Venture (JV) Company for the development of International Civil Terminal at Mohali and also accord its approval for the acquisition of land required for the approach roads to be separately notified for acquisition by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Cabinet also approved the summoning of 4th session of 13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha from February 29 to March 26, 2008 instead of February 25 to March 19, 2008 as approved earlier. The session would now begin with Governor's Address on February 29. The Cabinet also authorized the Chief Minister for the finalization of the schedule of the Budget Session beside approving the Governor's address.

The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for relaxation in guidelines of Punjab Nirman Programme for signing a memorandum of understanding with Naandi Foundation for supply of potable water in Gidderbaha area.

The Cabinet also gave a go ahead for making amendment in section 18 (1) (i) of the Punjab Security of Land Tenures Act, 1953 through the introduction of bill in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The basic objective of the amendment is to enhance the minimum period of tenancy from six years to ten years in case of tenant of a land owner other than a small land owner, who has been in continuous occupation of land comprise in his tenancy.

The Cabinet also gave approval for amending section 1, 2, 5 and 45 of Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995 and Rules 10 and 14 of Punjab Apartment and Property Regulations Rules, 1995 through the introduction of the bill in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet also approved the Audit Reports, Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts for the year 2006-07, besides making amendment in the Punjab Revenue Patwaris (Class-III) services rules, 1966.




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