Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal gave a nod to a massive development plan of nearly Rs 1870 crore to percolate the benefits of welfare schemes for the inhabitants of Kandi area at the grassroots level.
Presiding over a high-level meeting with the MLAs and party leaders of SAD-BJP alliance representing 17 constituencies in the Kandi districts namely Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar
(Nawanshahr) and Roopnagar here last evening, Badal asked the representatives of these assembly segments to ensure the timely and quality execution of development works under their direct supervision besides eliciting the active participation of the members of local Panchayats and municipal committees.
The CM emphasised the need to get these development works done according to the felt needs of the people and the elements of probity, accountability and transparency should be adhered to at all costs so that these funds meant for the welfare of the residents of the Kandi areas must be spent judiciously to provide the basic civic amenities to those living in these difficult areas.
The CM asked the MLAs and leaders to spend these funds on the construction and repair of roads including link roads through PWD (B&R) and Mandi Board, implementation of potable water and sanitation schemes, repair and de-silting of check dams, strengthening and revamping of canals, water courses, channels and distributaries, deep drilling tubewells, upgradation of health care facilities, animal husbandry besides revamping the school and college infrastructure.
Badal also sanctioned grant of Rs 146.95 crore for Mohali, Rs 149.47 crore for Derabassi and Rs 83.56 crore for Kharar assembly constituency under Mohali district. Likewise, he allotted Rs 119.54 crore for Hoshiarpur, Rs 66.60 crore (Sham Churasi), Rs 118.97 crore (Dasuya), Rs 93.35 crore (Chabbewal), Rs 102.41 (Mukerian), Rs 42.60 (Tanda Urmur), Rs 85.19(Gharshankar) in Hoshiarpur district.
Badal also sanctioned Rs.113.65 crore for Pathankot, Rs 31.70 crore and Rs 32.72 crore for Sujanpur and Bhoa assembly segment in Pathankot district respectively. Similarly Balachaur constituency in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district got Rs 218.18 crore to be spent on various development civil works in the area.
Roopnagar, Chamkaur Sahib and Sri Anandpur Sahib were sanctioned Rs 211.17 crore, Rs 69.09 crore and Rs 184.42 crore respectively for undertaking various schemes for the overall development and progress of Kandi region.