Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday announced Rs 14.39 crore to give a facelift to the Lal Lajpat Rai memorial and other works at the freedom fighter's native village Dhudike in Moga district.
The decision was taken by Badal during a review meeting in the wake of the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai to be celebrated on January 28, 2016, a spokesman said.
The chief minister gave approval for a slew of development works at the historic village such as construction of an auditorium with a seating capacity of 300 persons at `5 crore besides installation of an astroturf at the hockey stadium at `4.5 crore at Lala Lajpat Rai Government College.
The CM also approved `2 crore for the infrastructural upgradation of the college. It will include repair and renovation of the existing building, construction of new administration block, record room besides ramp block to facilitate access of specially abled students to the first floor.
He also directed the secretary higher education to immediately start these works so as to ensure its completion by January. The other works include widening of the 8-km link road connecting the National Highway (NH-95) to Dhudike at `2.55 crore.