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July, 2008




The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the status of various ongoing development projects worth Rs. 180 crore for Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo being carried out in and around these holy cities as a part of commemoration of Tercentenary celebration of 'Gurta Gaddi Divas' of Sri Guru Granth Sahib during a high level meeting held here under his chairmanship.

The Chief Minister directed all heads of the various departments involved in this mission to complete all the works including water supply, sewerage, solid west management, storm water drainage system, roads, bus stand (Anandpur Sahib) buildings of ITI, Yattri Niwas and Schools, etc. under these projects in a stipulated time. Regarding storm water drainage the Chief Minister suggested opting surface drainage system and also to study the possibilities to collect this water in a lack, from where it could further be used for irrigation purpose.

It was informed in the meeting that tendering process for most of the works had been completed and works would be allotted soon so that these could be completed by the end of March 2009 positively. After brainstorming discussions over the plan the Chief Minister assured the officers that State Government had arranged adequate advanced funds as per the initial requirements of various departments.

Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included SAD leader Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Transport Mr. DS Jaspal, Principal Secretary Local Government, Mr. DS Bains, MD PIDB Mr. SS Sandhu, Secretary Planning Mr. Satish Chandra, Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation Mr. PS Aujala, Additional Principal Secretary Gagandeep Singh Brar, Director Transport Mr. Mandeep Singh, and overall project in charge Lt. Gen. (Retd.) B.S. Dhaliwal.



Chandigarh, July 28
Naginder Singh

Europeon Delegation led by Ms. Daniel Smadja Ambassador Head of Europeon Commission to India, Bhuttan and Nepal today called on Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Industry and Commerce Minister Punjab at his official residence and discussed at Length for the promotion of Trade and Industry.

She showed keen interest and told Mr. Kalia that they were going to open sub office in Delhi. The Minister asked the delegation to open one of their sub-office in Punjab also as the Punjabis were, known for their unique qualities of hard work, entrepreneurship because of which the Punjab State contributes 75 % wheat in central pool and 37% rice, which was record in itself.

Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Local Government and Mr. S.S. Channy, Principal Secretary Industry & Commerce were also present in the meeting.


Rs. 25000 crore would be spent

The Reliance Group has already deposited Rs. 21.58 Crore as bank guarantee

Chandigarh, July 28
Naginder Singh

The Punjab Government has chalked out ambitious Plans to implement over 75 projects including expressways crisscrossing Punjab, flying clubs, super speciality hospitals, ring roads and five star hotels , on which Rs. 25000 crore would be spent.

Disclosing this here today Sh. Ramesh Inder Singh, Chief Secretary Punjab while presiding over a Executive Meeting of Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), said besides the expressway from the international airport in Mohali to Phagwara (Rs. 2,200 Crore), an expressway around Mohali Rs. 2300 crore and a ring road around Amritsar city (Rs. 2500 crore) Mr. Anil Ambani Reliance Energy Ltd. has proposed to construct a four lane Pathankot-Ajmer expressway at a cost of Rs. 8,630 crore.

The Reliance Group has already deposited Rs. 21.58 Crore as bank guarantee to the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board for the 340 KM expressway corridor, starting from Pathankot and ending at Haryana, Punjab Boarder on National Highway 10. It would reduce the distance between Pathankot and Ajmer by 200 KM. As regards the expressway projects, the Reliance Company would be buying the entire land and the government would give a commitment to acquire land for the projects at the market rate in case Reliance Company faces any problem in acquisition. The expressway project expected to be completed by June 2011, which would be proved a boon for Malwa said Mr. Singh.

Giving more details the Chief Secretary said that amongst the projects which would likely to be implemented in two to three years includes, Air conditioned Bus Terminals at Mohali, Patiala and Bathinda, Hotel Management Institutes at Mohali and Sirhind, Five Star Hotels at Amritsar and Bathinda, a Habitat Centre and IT tower and a Sports complex at Mohali.

The State Government has already acquired Land for the International airport at Mohali, while 262 acre Central Business District was proposed in Sector 62 of Mohali, 16 Acre of which would be used for a five star hotel and an international Convention Centre.

The PIDB also proposed to spend around Rs. 400 Crore on up gradation, beautification or urban road net works and city scaping of Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali. The Board has also proposed to construct Rail over Bridges (ROBs) in Ludhiana, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Nawanshahr, Mansa, Dhuri, Amritsar, Sunam and Tarn Taran by April 2010. Two Greenfield super speciality Hospitals one at Mohali and other at Bathinda at a cost of Rs. 100 crore each would be completed in the next couple of year.

Prominent amongst others who attended meeting included Sh. D.S.Guru, Principal Secretary to CM, Mr. D.S. Kalha, Principal Secretary Finance, Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Local Govt. Mr. Arun Goel, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Jagjit Puri, Medical Education & Research and other members of the executive committee.





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