Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced development schemes worth Rs 200 crore for the historic Kurukshetra town on Thursday.
The CM addressed his first political rally - Thanesar Vikas Rally - here after assuming office. Khattar said Kurukshetra was the cultural capital of Haryana where lord Krishna is believed to have delivered the sermon of Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the people of Kurukshetra that he would act as an ambassador of the holy land and would develop it to the international level.
On the demand of local legislator Subhash Sudha, the CM announced that more than Rs 37 crore would be spent on the project to ensure running water in Brahmasarovar and a tank at Jyotisar. He also announced a government girls college and a 100-beded hospital at Kurukshetra costing Rs 57 crore, and an underground path at the Jhansa railway crossing at a cost of Rs 31 crore.
The other projects announced by Khattar included widening of the Pipli-Jyotisar road at a cost of Rs 31 crore, improvement of road to Bhadarkali Temple at a cost of Rs 8 crore and a road from railway station to Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.
The CM announced Rs 10 crore for the improvement of streets and drains in rural areas and Rs 5 crore for the urban areas. Khattar also honoured students and sportspersons of the district who had excelled in their respective fields.
Earlier, he inaugurated the first police tourism helpdesk of Haryana at Brahmasarovar in the presence of senior Haryana police officials, including director general of police Yash Pal Singal.
He also launched the website of the Kurukshetra Development Board and a mobile application for Kurukshetra darshan for the tourists. Later, he laid the foundation stone of the information centre at Shri Krikshna Museum.