Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday inaugurated the first-of-its-kind mechanised cleanliness project in the state and announced the same will be replicated in all five corporation cities by October this year.
While inaugurating this mechanised cleanliness project from SAS Nagar, the deputy CM said Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Patiala will be brought under this project within one-and-a-half month. He said the project would further be launched at tehsil level to make Punjab the country's most clean and litter-free state.
The deputy CM also announced that after including five corporation towns, the newly made corporation towns would also be part of this project.
He said by December-end all major towns of the state would have a mechanised cleanliness system.
Clarifying that there would be no adverse affect on the employment of the already working 'safai sewaks', he said there would be proper distribution of areas in B and C roads including internal roads.
The 'safai sewaks' will get 87 km and 307 km of B and C category roads to ensure proper cleanliness, he added. He said these roads would be divided into beats so that complete mechanised and manual cleaning is ensured.
The sole purpose of launching this mode of cleanliness was to provide basic amenities to the residents of the state besides ensuring 100 per cent cleaning of streets and roads, he said.
The work to be done under this system would be world class, paving a way to make Punjab most clean and beautiful state, he added.
Regarding cross-border infiltration, Sukhbir said he would speak to Union home minister Rajnath Singh and urge him to install ultra modern gadgets on the border to check infiltration.
When asked about the alleged involvement of some politicians in anti-social activities, Badal said whosoever indulged in wrongful practices would be dealt under the relevant provision of law.
On claims of chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu regarding discrimination with her constituency, Sukhbir refuted all allegations and said the government had incurred more than the promised amounts in her constituency while development works worth `2,400 crore were going in Amritsar.