Gurdaspur MLA and chief parliamentary secretary for agriculture Gurbachan Singh Babbehali said on Wednesday the Punjab government had announced a special package to upgrade infrastructure in the blocks of border districts in the state.
Babbehali said Rs. 1433.97 crore had been earmarked for the development of 18 blocks of all six border districts namely Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Fazilka and Ferozepur.
"Under the package, roads will be re-carpeted, facilities for drinking water, sanitation, healthcare and animal husbandry will be upgraded, besides canals, distributaries and seasonal nullahs will be revived," he added.
Giving details of the package, Babbehali said, "A sum of Rs. 146 crore will be spent on the development of Gurdaspur, Dorangla and Kalanaur blocks of Gurdaspur district."
"A sum of Rs. 140.50 crore will be spent on development works of Ajnala and Chogawa blocks of Amritsar district."
Babbehali said Rs. 213.14 crore was being spent to upgrade Ferozepur city, besides Rs. 108.82 crore was being utilised to develop the rural areas in Ferozepur district.
"The government has earmarked Rs. 62.43 crore for Guru Har Sahai, Rs. 104.93 crore for Fazilka, Rs. 136.12 crore for Jalalabad, Rs. 224.96 crore for Dhuhia Sarovar and Rs. 54.75 crore and Rs. 8.55 crore, respectively, for Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamial blocks of Pathankot district," he added.
He said under the package, Rs. 78.07 crore had been earmarked for Bhikhiwind block, Rs. 24.42 crore for Valtoha block and Rs. 28.57 crore for Gandhiwind block.