Punjab cm seeks grant from world bank

deepak pace

Abohar December 31:
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the State Government has proposed an ambitious action plan to the World Bank and sought special grant to remove waterlogging effectively in Ferozepur, Muktsar, Faridkot and Bathinda districts.
Addressing massive public rallies at Balluana, Abohar and Fazilka as a part of his development tour in the cotton belt of Malwa region that attracted a heavy turnout of people despite inclement weather due to intense cold wave and dense fog, Badal said a high-level team of the 13th Finance Commission led by Chairman Vijay Kelkar had also visited the waterlogged areas in Ferozepur and Muktsar where they were fully convinced with the damaged caused to the property and crops in the area worth several crores of rupees.
Badal said: “The State Government has already approached the World Bank for financial grant for the proper strengthening and brick-lining of Rajasthan canal and Sirhind feeder passing through this area, thereby resulting in heavy seepage that ultimately aggravates the problem of waterlogging.”
The Chief Minister said: “I have had a several rounds of discussions with the members of the World Bank team for the clearance of package to eradicate the problem of waterlogging. If our Government could initiate efforts to address the problems of waterlogging, why the Congress Government was sleeping over this issue during its regime that had almost vanished the cotton belt in Malwa region.”
The Chief Minister also disbursed cheques worth Rs 5.91 crore for the development of the villages in Balluana Assembly constituency. He also handed over two cheques of Rs 25 lakh each for the construction of sub-tehsil complexes at Arniwala and Seeto Guna. He handed over a cheque of Rs 3 crore to the Municipal Council Fazilka.