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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Development to be NDA plank in Punjab: Sukhbir

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 02, 2014
First Published: 20:30 IST(2/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:32 IST(2/3/2014)

Development alone would be the Lok Sabha election plank of the Akali-BJP combine in Punjab, deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Sunday.

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Sukhbir said the Congress was misleading the voters about the state's fiscal health and development but people knew the reality and they would vote for the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) rule. "Punjab will develop its rural and urban areas in two years with an expenditure of Rs. 3,600 crore," he said.

"Punjab will become number one state in the country on all fronts. The government of the SAD and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going for complete transformation of all basic amenities in the state," Sukhbir claimed.

In the first phase, the state government would upgrade 52 towns by giving them potable water, sewerage, sewage-treatment plants, concrete roads, and streetlights, said the deputy CM. Sukhbir Singh Badal is busy laying the foundation stones of many development projects across the state.

The project he is starting include 23 sewage-treatment plants, besides water-supply works in cities and reverse osmosis (RO) units to purify drinking water in rural areas.

Coming up are railway over-bridges at Muktsar and Bathinda, group housing project in Bathinda, bus terminuses at Faridkot and Bassi Pathana, neo-natal hospital at Kotkapura, and a dozen 66-kilovolt electricity sub-stations. Sukhbir said Punjab, which had made the country self-reliant in food production, now had become self-reliant in electricity production.

"We now have road and air connectivity, world-class infrastructure, and online citizen-centric services," he added.

He said that at the latest investment and agriculture summits, Punjab had been able to sell itself has an ultimate industrial and IT destination and foremost state in agricultural diversification.

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