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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Rupnagar, July 18, 2013
People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal has supported the Punjab government's plan to develop 'New Chandigarh' (Mullanpur). Talking to mediapersons here, Manpreet said there was a great need for a city like 'New Chandigarh' in Punjab, as the state did not have a beautiful and well-developed city like Chandigarh.

"The state government's initiative to develop cities on the pattern of Chandigarh is laudable. The PPP has no objection to it," Manpreet said.

He added that the state government should also take steps for the planned development of cities such as Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar.

On the Congress opposing the government's decision to set up 'New Chandigarh', the PPP president said sometimes there was opposition just for the sake of opposition.

He said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal might have owned land in the area where 'New Chandigarh' was being developed, but it did not mean that urban planning should not take place in Punjab.

Manpreet opposed the government's decision to fix hefty charges and fees for the regularisation of unauthorised housing colonies in the state.

He said in the first place it was inefficiency on the part of successive governments which had allowed the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies. He claimed that in Jalandhar alone, three ministers and five MLAs were residing in unauthorised colonies and all were involved in the business of property dealing.

He added that developers of these unauthorised colonies had gone away after earning huge profits and now plot holders were being made to bear the heavy burden of fees and charges for regularisation of their plots, asking the government to withdraw these charges.

Earlier, Manpreet addressed public meetings organised by the PPP at Rupnagar and Ghanauli village. PPP district president Balwant Singh Gill also spoke on the occasion.