Punjab mulls mega plan for infrastructur
Chandigarh December 16:
Power and civic infrastructure upgradation is the new mantra of Punjab's Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance with which the nearly 20-month old current regime wishes to tide over future challenges.
"We are going to have 16000 MW power generation capacity by next three years, putting us in a surplus situation, as we need only 7000 MW and currently generate 6500 MW," said Punjab Local Governance, Industries and Commerce Minister Manoranjan Kalia.
Fully aware of the importance of bijli, sadak and paani (BSP) factor in elections, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Government is equally alive to the need of upgrading civic infrastructure and proper irrigation facilities for farmers. In an effort to achieve infrastructure upgradation at the grassroots level, Punjab Government is giving Rs 100 crore each to all five municipal corporations, while smaller municipal bodies will get Rs 250 crore.
"We have five major cities with municipal corporations, and each will get Rs 100 crore to upgrade civic infrastructure at the grassroots level. Providing better civic amenities is a major thrust area for us," Kalia told reporters. Claiming that civic amenities and infrastructure were never a priority for the previous regime, Kalia said: "Rs 250 crore to nearly 20 smaller municipal committees will go a long way in addressing the people's woes."
"Municipal corporations and other bodies would utilise funds for better water supply connectivity, smooth drainage system, and overall sanitation," added Kalia, also a senior BJP leader from the State. The State Government has currently earmarked Rs 3200 crore for power generation capacity building and Rs 3500 crore for putting in place an effective network of irrigation.
"At the same time, roads are being repaired across the State, and are being widened wherever necessary. We also intend to take up major infrastructure projects in collaboration with the private parties," he said. He, however, hastened to add that roads in Punjab are in a good shape, and what was needed was widening of certain stretches and constructing flyovers and bridges to further improve the road connectivity.