Punjab government on Thursday set in motion the plan to initiate composite development of all cities in one go within next one and half years by initiating this exercise from holy city Amritsar and historic city Bathinda by floating Rs 400 crore composite tenders.
Disclosing this here, Anil Joshi, local government minister said the composite tenders included upgrading water supply, main sewer, lateral sewer, overhead tanks, arterial roads, state-of-the-art street lights, pumping stations and connecting all houses with water and sewer connections.
Joshi said, “It was for the first time that contractor would be responsible for maintenance of infrastructure for next 10 years. Besides this, the company will be also responsible for operation, management and maintenance of sewerage treatment plants in the cities. The companies have been mandated to install power saving low cost, high potential sewerage treatment plants.”
Giving the details of sewerage treatment plants, Joshi said, “These tenders are the biggest tenders given by Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and Bathinda would have 4.5 MLD sewerage treatment plant.” He said composite tenders have been allotted to internationally reputed firms Paloonji and Triveni Engineering and council of ministers has already approved composite tenders for two cities.
Promising ‘ache din’ to the residents of Punjab, Joshi said Punjabis whether in urban or rural areas were set to enjoy the fruits of integrated infrastructure development in next one and half year.