Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday met Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister for transport and highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, seeking funds for development projects in Patna for 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
He sought Rs 600 crore to the Bihar government from Gadkari’s ministry for converting the 4-kilomtre road from Didar Ganj on national highway-30 to Kangan Ghat to four lanes for the convenience of devotees expected to converge at Patna Sahib for the grand celebrations.
Badal told the highways minister that the Punjab and Bihar governments were in extensive preparation for commemorating the mega event from December 2016 to January 2017, and said a large number of people would travel by the Patna-Bakhtiarpur road (NH-30) to the temporary ‘Gobind Nagar’ tented city on the banks of the Ganga river at Kangan Ghat.
The CM told Gadkari that owing to the nature of the soil on the banks of the Ganga, the average per-kilometre cost of the four-laning project was Rs 150 crore. Gadkari assured Badal that his ministry would review the proposal.
The Punjab CM requested Arun Jaitley to make special provision in the next Union budget for the Patna celebrations. He also made a courtesy call on Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
‘Complete rail project’
Earlier, Badal met Railways Board chairman Ashok Kumar Mittal to ask for timely completion of pending railway development works in Patna, which included upgrading the Patna Sahib and Patna Ghat railway stations for passengers from Punjab, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh especially.
The CM told his that passengers, so far, could only disembark at Patna Sahib, and give the spread of Patna city, it would be difficult for many to get to the site of the celebrations. The only viable solution, he said, was that the train should reach Patna Ghat, an old, defunct line from Patna Sahib.
Union food-processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal; MPs Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Naresh Gujral; Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjit Singh GK and DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa accompanied Badal.