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JV AGREEMENT MOHALI INTERNATIONAL
SIGNED AMONGST GoI, PUNJAB & HARYANA GOVERNMENTS
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 17
Decks were cleared today for the execution of prestigious International
Airport at Mohali with signing of a Joint Venture Agreement for
the formation of JV Company known as ‘Chandigarh International
Airport Pvt. Ltd.’ for undertaking the project amongst the
Airports Authority of India (AAI) Government of India, Government
of Punjab through Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA)
and Government of Haryana through Haryana Urban Development Authority
(HUDA) at Ministry of Civil Aviation Headquarters, New Delhi.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government
said that Chairman AAI Mr. VP Agrawal, Chief Administrator GMADA
Mr.VP Singh and Chief Administrator HUDA Mr. TC Gupta signed the
JV Agreement on behalf of Government of India, Punjab and Haryana
It may be recalled that this prestigious project to be developed
over an area of over 300 acres of land at village Jheourheri in
SAS Nagar Mohali is an outcome of the strenuous efforts of Punjab
Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed
amongst the above mentioned three parties on January 4, 2009 for
the development of International Airport, Mohali with 51% of equity
share of Government of India and 24.5% each of Punjab and Haryana
A non official resolution was passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha
regarding the naming of this airport as Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar
Bhagat Singh International Airport, which has been forwarded to
the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. The Chief Minister
has also personally taken up this matter with the Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Praful
Patel separately and their response was still awaited, the spokesman
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included
Secretary Civil Aviation, GoI Mr. MM Nambiar, Joint Secretary
Civil Aviation, GoI Mr. Alok Sinha, Secretary Civil Aviation Punjab
Mr.Viswajit Khanna, Secretary Housing & Urban Development
Punjab Mr.Arun Goel, CA GMADA Mr. VP Singh, Advisor Civil Aviation
Punjab Capt. Abhay Chandra, Financial Commissioner & Principal
Secretary Town & Country Planning Haryana Mr. DS Dhesi, CA
HUDA Mr. TC Gupta, Advisor Civil Aviation Haryana Mr. AM Sharan,
Chief Controller Finance HUDA Mr. FC Kansal and Member Finance
AAI Mr. SC Chhatwal.
PUNJAB BRANCH OF NFB ENDS 16 MONTHS OLD STRIKE ON CM's ASSURANCE
TO CLEAR BACKLOG OF VACANCIES FOR BLIND
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 18
On the assurance of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal
to clear the backlog of vacant posts reserved for blind persons
in all the Departments/Boards/Corporations and Universities in the
state within three months, the Punjab Branch of National Federation
of the Blind (NFB) today decided to withdraw their 16 months old
strike in the state with immediate effect.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Mr.
Badal with the deputation led by its president of NFB Mr. Santosh
Kumar Rungta here at Chief Minister's residence this evening.
Responding to the demands of the Punjab Branch of NFB, Mr. Badal
directed the State Chief Secretary to constitute a committee to
monitor and update the list of identified jobs for the persons with
disability in accordance with section-32 of the Disability Act and
to adopt the list of identified jobs notified by the GoI. He also
asked him to review the various posts reserved for blind persons
in all the departments and convene a meeting of the registrars of
all the universities to fill up these vacancies there.
The Chief Minister also agreed to the proposal put forth by Mr.
Rungta that the 1% backlog for the blind would be made against the
total cadre strength of department/establishment in the light of
the decision of High Court of Delhi rendered in Public Interest
Litigation (PIL) filled by NFB. Mr. Badal also asked the Chief Administrator
GAMADA to find a suitable site to NFB to open training cum production
centre where the uneducated blind persons would be given training
in different vocations to be gainfully employed with an objective
to earn their livelihood and to make them stand on their feet.
Taking up other issues for the welfare of blind persons, General
Secretary of the Punjab Branch of NFB Mr. Rajesh Mohan urged the
Chief Minister to enhance the conveyance allowance for the state
government blind employees from Rs. 250 to Rs. 450 per month as
recommended by Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rungtha thanked the Chief Minister for taking timely
and positively decision with regard to implementation of recruitment
of persons of visual impairment. He termed this decision as a revolutionary
step for the protection of the rights of blind persons. This decision
would make Punjab the first state in India to employ all the employable
persons in three months, he added.
The meeting was attended by Social Welfare Minister Ch. Swarna
Ram, Chief Secretary Mr. S.C Agarwal, Principal Secretary Social
Welfare Mandeep Singh, Principal Secretary Transport Mr. D.S. Jaspal,
and Secretary Education G.S. Sandhu.
The deputation consisted of other members ; Ram Murty, Secretary
Sham Sunder, Sports Secretary Gurpreet Singh, General Secretary
Haryana NFB Jage Ram and convener of the NFB Anmol Gupta.
DELEGATION OF EMPLOYEE'S UNION CALLS ON DHINDSA
Chandigarh, September 18
A delegation of the Punjab State Employees Union under the leadership
of Hari Singh Tohra today met Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa PWD (
B&R) Minister Punjab and apprised him of their long pending
demands in various sections of PWD (B&R), department.
Mr. Dhindsa assured them that their grievances would be sympathetically
considered and redressed at the earliest. The Minister also assured
them that the jobs on compassionate grounds to the kin of the deceased
would be given on priority basis to class III and Class IV in the
department. Regarding the regularization in the service for the
employees on work charge and daily wages, the Minister said that
35 work charge employees would be regularized with immediate effect.
While remaining cases would be taken up shortly. Cleaners of the
department would be promoted as drivers on the basis of their seniorities.
All the posts of junior engineers lying vacant, would be filled
on the basis of the departmental test. Class III clerks, work mechanic,
workmunshi, motormate, inspector would be named as supervisors.
The Minister also directed Principal Secretary Mr. Kulbir Singh
and Chief Engineer Mr. G.S.Sahi, to immediately take up and solve
the long pending cases of the employees of the department in a stipulated
time frame. Special attention should be paid to the cases of the
retired officers/employees of the department, said Mr. Dhindsa.
DRIVE LAUNCHED TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF NREGA-BRAHMPURA
Chandigath, September 18
A special campaign has been launched in Punjab for ensuring effective
implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
and to make the implementing agencies accountable in this regard.
This was stated by the Rural Development and Panchayats Minister
Punjab S. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, here today.
S. Brahmpura said 5.24 lakh job cards have already been issued
to the families in rural areas under NREGA in the state. The Central
government had made a provisional allotment of Rs 172 crore to Punjab
for the current financial year, of which the first instalment of
Rs 85.20 crore had been received so far. Sixty per cent of the amount
would be spent on the wages of the workers and the remaining 40
per cent on material, he said.
He accepted that a majority of the officials concerned and members
of PRIs, who were implementing NREGA at the village level, were
not fully aware of the scheme. They were being educated about the
scheme by organizing special camps, seminars and workshops including
films, powerpoint presentations etc. at District, Subdivision and
Block level so that they could effectively implement it to produce
the desired results, he said.
"The main purpose of the training was to share the best practices
in NREGA, identify issues and to devise strategies to improve its
proper implementation. In this regard, training and capacity building
was needed for all stakeholders, most importantly, for the rural
labourers, small/marginal farmers, women and other weaker sections
in order to prepare and equip them to derive full benefits of NREGA"
said S. Brahmpura.
The Rural Development Minister added that under the NREGA, the
Panchayats were required to prepare perspective plans that involve
extensive mapping of village resources and identifying their uses
and improvement. Every year, the Panchayats were supposed to make
an annual plan also to identify works that could be taken up for
local resource improvement, he said.
He added that this programme was primarily aimed at employment
generation and infrastructure development. NREGA has resulted in
increased wage employment, enhanced wage earnings, improved equity
with significant benefits flowing to SC/ST and women, he said.
PIDB BLACKLISTS AKRUTI CITY
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 18
The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) – the
nodal agency for the development of infrastructure in Punjab has
blacklisted the Mumbai based M/s Akruti City Limited from participating
in tenders of the State Government projects to be floated by PIDB
for a period of 5 years, on account of the malpractices adopted
by them while participating in the bidding processes in respect
of the development of Bus Terminals at Mohali and Bathinda on Build
Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister’s
Office said that the Managing Director of PIDB Dr.Sukhbir Singh
Sandhu after due consideration of the submissions of the company
and hearing them personally, issued a well reasoned and detailed
order whereby he observed that it would not be in the interest of
the public to allow the M/s Akruti City Limited to participate in
the tenders to be floated by PIDB. The act and conduct of M/s Akruti
City Limited of first submitting their bids and subsequently withdrawing
the same had caused considerable loss to the State and set back
to the developmental actions of PIDB as the whole process of providing
state-of-the-art bus terminals-cum-commercial complexes at Mohali
and Bathinda were set back by more than eight months and the public
remained deprived of availing the services of these public utility
Managing Director PIDB also observed that the company had not
expressed any remorse for its conduct and was even unable to justify
its actions due to any financial constraints or any other unwarranted
circumstances that might have prevented M/s Akruti City Limited
from honoring their obligations, added Mr. Sandhu.
DIET ORGANIZES BLOOD DONATION CAMP IN COLLABORATION WITH GOVERNMENT
MULTI-SPECIALTY HOSPITAL SECTOR–16 CHANDIGARH
Chandigarh 18, September 2009:
A blood donation camp was organized at Doaba Institute of Engineering
and Technology (DIET), Kharar in Collaboration with Government Multi-Specialty
Hospital Sector–16 Chandigarh. Principal of the local Guru
Nanak Public School Ms. Gurnam Kaur was the Chief Guest. The camp
was inaugurated by Mrs. Inderpal Bains wife of Media Advisor to
Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Harcharan Bains.
According to In-charge of blood bank Dr. Saroj Aggarwal 102 units
of blood were collected in the camp.
Speaking on the occasion Director of the Doaba Institute of Engineering
and Technology Mr. Manjit Singh appealed to the voluntary, social
and non government organizations to come forward in support of such
philanthropic causes. He said that the Doaba Group of Educational
Institutions was already actively involved in such noble ventures
to promote various social causes and uplift of un-privileged sections
of the society.
Appreciating the role of city based NGO – Sahayta Charitable
Society for launching a vigorous campaign to provide free treatment
and care to the poor patients inflicted with cancer, Mr. Manjit
Singh also urged such similar NGOs to play a pro-active role to
redeem the suffering humanity.
PUNJAB CM GREETS PEOPLE ON AGRASEN JAYANTI
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 18
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today extended
his warm greetings to the people of the state on the eve of auspicious
occasion of ‘Agrasen Jayanti’.
In a message, Mr. Badal called upon the people to draw inspiration
from the teachings of Maharaja Agrasen who spread the message of
peace, communal harmony, compassion and brotherhood. The Chief Minister
further said, “A real tribute to Maharaja Agrasen would be
to follow his teachings, still relevant in the present materialistic
He appealed to the people to commemorate this sacred day in unison
rising above the parochial considerations of caste, colour, creed
INDIA'S FIRST SCHEME MONITORING SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN RUPNAGAR
progress of ongoing development works to be timely supervised
online without visiting the actual sites
Rupnagar September 18: To ensure effective and centralised supervision
of various development works, district administration today launched
India's first ever District Scheme Monitoring System (DSMS) in the
While launching the DSMS, Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Mr. Priyank
Bharti said that the system would work as "eyes & ears"
for the district administration to regularly monitor the progress
of development works/schemes which were being executed by various
agencies in the district.
"In order to evaluate the progress of each work on monthly
basis, the entire works would be computerized and monthly details
like work location (block and village), work name, estimated cost
of work, work starting date, tentative work completion date, the
progress details expenditures, percentage of work completed and
photographs showing actual progress of works would be stored in
the system" he said.
Giving details Mr Bharti added that the schemes which would be
monitored through the DSMS include central as well as state sponsored
schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Rojgar Yojna
(RY), Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), NREGA, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA),
Atta-Dal scheme, Old age pensions scheme, NABARD plans, Rural and
Urban development schemes etc.
He informed that the district administration has got developed
the unique software for the DSMS from National Informatics Centre
(NIC) Punjab. Adding further he said that it took seven months to
develop this software.
Deputy Commissioner said that district Rupnagar had been taken as
pilot site for implementation of the DSMS and after its successful
implementation in Rupnagar, this scheme would be launched in other
districts also. This DSMS data would be put on official website
of Rupnagar within the next three months, he assured.
Deputy Commissioner personally gave the presentation to heads
of various departments to make them aware about the finer points
of the DSMS and explained the various steps to upload the required
data and photographs into the software installed at his office.
This system would be helpful in timely monitoring of progress of
ongoing projects/schemes in remote areas by the district administration
without visiting the actual sites of development works, he said.
Among other Mr Manashvi Kumar Additional Deputy Commissioner (Dev.),
Mrs. Anandita Mishra, Mr. APS Sandhu and Lakhmir Singh (all SDMs),
Ms. Rupanjali Assistant Commissioner (UT), Mr. Kiranbir Singh Maan
Assistant Commissioner and DTO, Mr. Sanjiv Garg DDPO, Mrs. Hravinder
Kaur Brar AETC and other district officers were also present on
GENERAL TRANSFERS DATE EXTENDED TILL SEPTEMBER 30
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 17
The Punjab Government has decided to extend the last date of general
transfers to September 30 from the earlier date of August 31, 2009.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister’s
Office said that a decision to this effect was taken by the Punjab
Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. He has directed the state
Chief Secretary to issue necessary instructions in this regard.
DIRECTOR IIT CALLS ON CHIEF MINISTER
SEEKS HIS INTERVENTION FOR UPGRADATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 17
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today directed
the Chairman Punjab State Electricity Board to immediately provide
a hot line to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar presently
being run from the local Polytechnic College as a make shift arrangement
to ensure congenial academic atmosphere.
An assurance to this effect was given to the Director Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) Ropar Prof. MK Surappa who called on him at
Chief Minister’s residence this morning.
Taking up the functional problems with the Chief Minister, Prof.
Surappa urged Mr. Badal to immediately hand over the possession
of remaining 100 acres of land out of 500 acres to the institute
so that work for the construction of compound wall could be taken
up on priority. He also raised the issue of early completion of
the four laning of Ropar-Kurali Road and the flyover so that students
and faculty members could have hassle free access to the existing
IIT complex at polytechnic college. He also impressed upon the Chief
Minister to direct the PWD (B&R) department for the construction
of roads around the upcoming IIT campus to enable movement of trucks
and heavy machinery involved in the construction activity.
Expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister of state government’s
fulsome support and cooperation, Director IIT assured Mr.Badal that
it was his endeavour and passion to make IIT Ropar as one of the
best IITs in the country. He informed Mr. Badal 60 to 70 percent
students admitted in IIT Ropar were from Punjab.
Mr. Badal assured him that he would soon convene a special meeting
of the concerned officers to resolve all these issues relating to
upgradation of infrastructure and personally meet Union Railways
Minister Ms.Mamata Banerjee to seek her intervention for the expansion
and modernization of local railway station as it had now only one
platform which caused a lot of harassment to the commuters in general
and especially the students and faculty members who had to often
visit Delhi and other parts of the country.
The Director was accompanied by Registrar Mr. A Palanivel and
Dean Academic & Research Mr.BK Dhindaw. Advisor to Chief Minister
Dr.Daljit Singh Cheema and Chairman Improvement Trust Ropar Dr.RS
Parmar also attended the meeting.
AUSTERITY MEASURES-PUNJAB LOWERS
VEHICLE CATEGORY ENTITLEMENT FOR OFFICERS
Chandigarh, September 17
Launching the austerity measures in the State the Punjab Government
today decided to lower the vehicle category entitlement for Officers
including Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries, Financial Commissioners,
Administrative Secretaries and Heads of Departments keeping in view
the financial position of the State.
Motor Vehicle Board that met under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary
Mr. S.C. Agrawal, here today, decided to lower the vehicle category
entitlement for officers of every level. An official spokesman giving
the details of decision taken in the Board said that Chief Secretary,
who was earlier entitled for Toyota Camary vehicle would now be
given Toyota Corolla vehicle. Principal Secretaries/Financial Commissioners
in the rank of Chief Secretary were earlier entitled for Toyota
Corolla vehicle. Other officers including Principal Secretaries/Financial
Commissioners not in the rank of Chief Secretary besides Administrative
Secretaries were entitled for Honda City or Maruti SX4 vehicles.
According to the decision taken in the Board today, all officers
including Principal Secretaries, Financial Commissioners and Administrative
Secretaries would now be entitled for Honda City or Maruti SX-4.
The spokesman added that the Heads of the Departments who were
earlier entitled for Ambassador Car would now be given choice to
choose between Ambassador or Swift DeZire (diesel) or Tata Indigo
(diesel). The spokesman clarified that the Petrol, Oil and Lubricant
(POL) expenses on Ambassador were high because of petrol engine
besides low mileage of 9 Km. per liter. He said that Swift DeZire
(diesel) or Tata Indigo (diesel) besides having diesel engine would
give over 15 Km mileage per liter.
Prominent amongst other who attended the meeting included Mr.
D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary to CM, Mr. D.S.Jaspal, Principal
Secretary Transport, Mr. A.R.Talwar, Principal Secretary Home, Mr.
Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary Finance, Mr. M.S.Sandhu,
Secretary Printing & Stationary, Mr.Anirudh Tiwari, Secretary
Expenditure and Mr. R.Venkatratnam, State Transport Commissioner.
SUKHBIR ASSURES AARHTIAS FOR EARLY REDRESSAL OF THEIR DEMANDS
Chandigarh, September 17
A delegation of Aarhtia Association Punjab (Regd.) led by its
President Mr. Ravinder Singh Cheema today called on Punjab Deputy
Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal regarding their demands.
Mr. Badal gave them a patient hearing and assured them that the
state government was committed to further strengthen the age old
ties of Aarhtias and farmers as both were playing a significant
role in the development of state. He said that he would direct Secretary,
Food and Civil Supply and Secretary, Punjab Mandi Board for doing
needful for the Aarhtias fraternity after looking into the issues
raised by the Aarhtia Association.
Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD (B&R) Minister Punjab was
also present on the occasion.
Rs.25 crore for the up gradation of the infrastructure
of existing focal point in Punjab-Kalia
CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 17
Punjab Government has planned to incur Rs.25 crore for the up
gradation of the infrastructure of existing focal point in Punjab
in this financial year. While disclosing this here today Mr. Manoranjan
Kalia, Industry, Commerce and Local Government Minister, Punjab
said that Punjab Government was committed the development of Industrial
Infrastructure which remained neglected by the previous congress
Industry Minister said that Punjab Government now strenuous efforts
were being made for the maintenance and up gradation of the infrastructure.
He said that Punjab Government had already started the process of
up gradation of infrastructure facilities at different focal points
at Jalandhar with a total cost of Rs.12.35 crore as under so that
all the four focal points in Jalandhar shall be fully renovated/upgraded.
Mr. Kalia further said that work on industrial focal point old
& expansion, leather complex roads, Industrial Focal point old
& expansion of sewerage system and industrial focal point old
and expansion, leather complex, sports & surgical goods complex
for providing water & installation of tubewells.
He further said that State government had been submitted the proposal
for development of 22 clusters for micro, small and medium industry
to Government of India for approval out which 13 had already been
INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPT. PUNJAB
PUNJAB ALLOTS 15 ADARSH SCHOOL SITES TO PRIVATE PARTNERS
Chandigarh September 17
The Punjab government would set up 108 Adarsh Schools under Public
Private Partnership (PPP) mode to impart free and quality education
to the brilliant and economically poor rural students in all the
districts and has received two dozen proposals from different 11
private partners for the allotment of Adarsh School sites.
Disclosing this here today Dr Upinderjit Kaur Education Minister
Punjab Said that Punjab Education Development Board (PEDB) has openly
invited applications from interested private partners to set up
Adarsh Schools in the State. In this response, 11 private partners
has applied for allotment of Adarsh School sites and PEDB has finalized
and approved 15 sites to five private partners to setup these modern
and fully equipped educational institutions in the state, she said.
The minister said that these Adarsh schools would impart study from
pre-nursery to 10+2 classes and to be equipped with the necessary
infrastructure where no fee and funds etc. whatsoever, would be
charged from the rural students. The department has already been
running 9 Adarsh schools in the state. The Punjab government’s
emphasis was to impart quality school education for the poor meritorious
and brilliant students to enable them to provide equal opportunities
of education at par with their counterparts in urban areas, she
Giving details she further added that Bharti Enterprises Ltd.
has been allotted six sites at Chogawan and Fattubilla in Amritsar
distt, Jhorran, Sherpur Kalan and Rauni in Ludhiana and Jhaneri
in Sangrur distt. Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. would open four schools
at Khilchian, Luharka Kalan and Bandala in Amritsar distt and Johlan
Kalan in SAS Nagar distt. whereas Chief Khalsa Diwan Amritsar would
open three schools at Ucha in Kapurthala, Dhandra ( Ludhiana ) and
Naushehra Pannuan (Tarn Taran). Besides this, Career Launcher India
Ltd. would open a school at Agampur and Educomp New Delhi at Kalewal
in Rupnagar distt, Upinderjit Kaur said.
"In addition the Punjab School Education Board SAS Nagar
was allotted a site at village Raniwala in District Muktsar as per
terms and conditions of the PEDB. Other applications under PPP mode
were being processed for further necessary action", said the
Adding further she said that the PEDB would provide 10-15 acre
land on 99 years lease basis which would be renewable thereafter
with mutual consent of both the parties. She further added that
the operational cost of an Adarsh School upto about 1000 students
would be shared on 70:30 basis normative between the Board and private
She said that the capital cost towards construction of school buildings
would be from Rs. 4.00 to 5.00 crore approximately and it would
be shared on 50:50 basis by the PEDB and the private partner. The
minister apprised that the monthly receipt of the education cess
received by the PEDB was approximately Rs.2.5 crores per month collected
on sale of liquor. The PEDB is having Rs.32.80 crores as Fixed Deposits,
Rs.22.76 crore for the development of various tourism destinations
in the state-Garbria
CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 17
Various Development Projects with the cost of Rs.22.76 crore have
been sanctioned to promote the tourism in Punjab as historical,
religious, cultural and heritage destinations. Mr. Heera Singh Gabria
Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Punjab while disclosing this
here today said that Rs.785 lac had been sanctioned for integrated
development of freedom trail. Nabha Town, Malerkotla Town, Kuka
Memorial, Alival, Jaito Town, Jagraon, Ferozeshah, Mishriwal, Murki,
Sabraho and Ferozepur city has been included in these circuits where
the work of installing signage board was going on. The work has
been allotted for Nabha, Malerkotla and Jaito.
Giving more details, the minister informed that Rs.800 lac had
been sanctioned for the integrated development of pilgrim circuits.
Kiratpur, Fatehgarh, Sirhind, Muktsar, Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal,
Khadoor Sahib, Baba Bakala, Sri Hargobindpur, Dera Baba Nanak, Batala,
Amritsar and for environmental upgradation of Dargah masania (Gurdaspur)
and Bhandari Temple and Church complex Batala have also been included
in these circuits where the work of installing signage board was
going on. Rs.75 lac have been released by PWD ( B & R) Department
for Sirhind and Fatehgarh Cities to promote the tourism destinations.
\ He further said that Rs.361 and Rs. 331 lac had been sanctioned
for integrated development of Kapurthala and Roop Nagar cities respectively
as tourist destination. Ninety percent work on these destinations
have been completed and remaining work would be completed by March,
2010, he added.