Claiming to accelerate the mission initiated by the SAD-BJP government to strengthen the infrastructure throughout the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday kicked off a development programme in the Bassi Pathana constituency by laying the foundation stone of an ultra-modern bus stand.
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus stand will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Badal said the state government had already prepared a comprehensive plan to provide all basic civic amenities such as fresh drinking water, sewage system, roads and streetlights in all towns of the state and the same would be launched for Bassi Pathana soon in a phased manner.
Badal also announced a new veterinary hospital, administrative complex, community centre and a sports stadium, besides a skill development centre for Bassi Pathana for imparting skill tanning to the uneducated and the dropout youth of the area so that they could earn their livelihood.
Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA government, the chief minister said the union government had indirectly encroached upon the rights of the state by imposing terms and conditions on grants given to them whereas these funds were in fact the taxes collected from the states only.
Badal asserted that the SAD-BJP government had fulfilled all its promises that they had made with the people of Punjab and had changed the scenario in sectors such as school and higher education, health, skill development, employment generation, sports and many others.
The promise to make Punjab a surplus state in the power sector would also be fulfilled shortly with the completion of three thermal power plants at Rajpura, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib.
Earlier, MLA justice Nirmal Singh welcomed the chief minister and raised certain development issues regarding the constituency, which the chief minister addressed on the spot.
Managing director, PRTC, DPS Kharbanda, while giving details about the services in the new bus stand, requested the chief minister to resolve some pension-related demands of the PRTC employees.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra and Student Organisation of India (SOI) chief Gurpreet Singh Rajukhanna.
Announces strengthening of Kular Ratewal-Tibba Nangal-Sarai Pattan road
Jhandian Kalan (Rupnagar): Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone to upgrade and strengthen the Kular Ratewal-Tibba Nangal-Sarai Pattan road, named after Swami Brahma Nand Bhuri Wale, here on Wednesday.
Earlier, addressing a gathering at a religious function in Jhandian organised by Maharaj Bhuri Wale Garib Das Sect, Badal announced that Nurpur Bedi town would be made a notified area committee. He also announced that the Tibba Tapprian-Kahanpuri Khuhi road would be named after Swami Brahma Sagar Bhuri Wale and would be upgraded and strengthened.
He lauded the contribution of Maharaj Bhuri Wale Garib Das Sect in social welfare and education fields. He also presented cheques of Rs 1.75 crore to the soil conservation department for laying pipelines to irrigate the agricultural fields with the water of the sewage treatment plants set up at Rupnagar and Rs 45 lakh to the Panchayati Raj for the construction of health centre at Abiana Kalan village.
Punjab PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chief parliamentary secretary Nand Lal and Rupnagar MLA Dr Daljit Singh Cheema also spoke on the occasion.