BADAL PROMISES RS 2000-CR PROJECTS FOR C
BADAL PROMISES RS 2000-CR PROJECTS FOR CITY
Ludhiana September 5:
The government has chalked out a comprehensive infrastructure development and modernisation plan to ensure the fast growth of industry in the state, said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
The state will witness a sea of change in terms of development, added Badal while addressing industrialists at a special conference organised by the Industry Cell of SAD today. In Ludhiana, development projects worth Rs 2,000 will be initiated, including an expressway at Sidhwan Canal, five flyovers, appropriate sewage and water supply and road system.
Development projects worth Rs 8,000 crore have been planned for cities like Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala and world renowned city planners have been assigned the job, he claimed. The Landscaping Company of Malaysia has been engaged for Amritsar, a USA-based company for Ludhiana and an Australian company for Jalandhar, he said.
Unfolding the development agenda of the SAD- BJP government, Badal said that the government has identified its priorities including self-sufficiency in power generation, excellent connectivity, road network and ROBs, education and IT sector development. Describing the power sector as the basic requirement for industrial growth, Badal said that during the next four years, power projects of 8,000 to 9,000 MW capacity will be executed at a cost of Rs 50,000 crore.
The SAD president added that the government has decided to develop road network in the state on a priority basis, under which, an independent expressway was being constructed from Mohali to Phagwara and Jalandhar in Doaba. The process of land acquisition will be started soon and the expressway will also connect Ludhiana, the industrial hub of the state.
To ensure a smooth flow of traffic, a second expressway has been planned from Pathankot to Ajmer via Jalandhar, Moga and Bathinda, at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. The expressway will shorten the distance from Punjab to Mumbai by 300 kilometres and the land acquisition for the same will be started by November.
Badal said that the government had revamped the tax collection system in the state which had given excellent results. He appealed to the industrialists to make further expansion in their industry keeping in view the government plans of providing excellent infrastructure to them. The SAD president also honoured 20 prominent industrialists on the occasion.