Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday sanctioned Rs 76 crore for the construction of ongoing Jang-e-Azadi memorial, War memorial and Bhagwan Valmiki memorial in the state.
Presiding over a meeting in Chandigarh to review the progress of the three iconic projects, Badal sanctioned Rs 36 crore for the Bhagwan Valmiki memorial in Ram Tirath Temple at Amritsar, Rs 25 crore and Rs 15 crore for Jang-e-Azadi memorial at Kartarpur (Jalandhar) and War memorial in Amritsar, respectively.
The CM directed the Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, to monitor the progress of these projects personally by regularly visiting the memorial sites.
Badal reiterated that these memorials were very close to his heart and he was passionately attached to them as he never considered them to be mere monuments but a vital link to connect the youngsters with our rich cultural legacy, an official release said in Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, in another meeting in Chandigarh, which was to review the progress of Meritorious Schools, Badal gave his nod to sanction Rs 20 crore for the ongoing construction of two such schools at Sangrur and Ferozepur, besides hostels for boys and girls within the Meritorious School at Patiala.
Badal directed the Major General K A S Bhullar (retd), Project Director, Society for Poor and Meritorious students of Punjab, to get the construction work of these schools at Ferozepur and Sangrur well before the commencement of next academic session.
Badal asked Bhullar to personally oversee the entire construction operations to ensure timely completion of these schools and the hostels for boys and girls at Patiala, an official release said.