Claiming that Amritsar will get a facelift and best of infrastructure in the next two years, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday approved the revised master plan for the holy city that would put the city on par with international cities.
Addressing mediapersons, Badal said, "Our major focus is on Amritsar. Providing it top quality roads, best sewerage, transport and other basic facilities is our priority."
Badal said he was committed to upgrade Amritsar and adjoining areas with the completion of all development projects to be executed at a cost of Rs 1,668 crore in the next two years.
Reviewing the progress of all ongoing projects, he asked all departments to work in total tandem to avoid any cost and time overrun of the projects.
During his daylong visit, the deputy CM along with principal secretaries of all development-related departments personally visited all possible sites of the project to plan future expansion of the roads, besides reviewing the ongoing construction of the projects.
He made a detailed review of all projects after presentations given by the PWD, municipal corporation, water supply and sanitation and tourism regarding the progress of their projects and various problems being faced by them in timely execution of these projects.
Concerned over the overlapping of functions of the municipal corporation, improvement trust and the development authority, Badal said no development work would be executed without clearance from the nodal agency.
He was aghast to learn that without realising that under the Japan project, sewer lines had been laid, the improvement trust and the municipal corporation on their own laid parallel sewer lines, wasting hefty money.
He said, "We are accountable for every single penny being spent from the taxpayer's money and we have to make officers accountable for such lax approach."
Meanwhile, Badal along with senior officers visited the spot where the construction of four-laned flyover at Kitchlew Chowk was to be done at a cost of Rs 18 crore. He also reviewed the beautification of Durgiana Mandir at a cost of Rs 22 crore, construction of sports complex at Ranjit Avenue at a cost of Rs 17 crore.
Expressing concern over delay in operationlisation of Heritage village in GNDU village, Amritsar, Badal asked Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to seek bids for the management of the project as more than 85% of the construction work had already completed.
Plaza to be completed by Diwali
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday reviewed the progress of the construction of Rs 78-crore Golden Temple Plaza and asked the authorities concerned to ensure its completion by Diwali this year. He said this Diwali should be a special Diwali at the Golden Temple with the entire Plaza lit up and dedicated to devotees coming to pay obeisance from all over the world.
Badal was here along with his wife and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. Badal, after reviewing the progress with the construction agencies and planners, told mediapersons that finishing touches would be given to the project within a few months.