Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Friday, expressed displeasure on slow development in Dhuri city, despite necessary funds having been released.
The chief minister is on a thanksgiving tour of the constituency. “Only 5% work has been done in the city as compared to 70% in villages,” Badal said and, turning to the local government director Priyank Bharti, he sought to know the reason in the slow execution of projects. Bharti told HT that he had asked the executive officer (EO) to look into the matter and report on it.
Meanwhile, executive officer Ashish Kumar stood up and said, “The work has been allotted to the contractors and assured the execution will be on fast track soon.” But, later, he was transferred and EO Malerkotla Ravneet Singh was given the additional charge of Dhuri, confirmed SDM Dhiman. Badal visited 11 wards in Dhuri city on his last day of thanksgiving three-day tour for electing Gobind Singh Longowal in the bypoll recently.
Badal said that the central government was making “strenuous efforts for locating the whereabouts of the Punjabis trapped in Iraq”. He said that the Punjab government was in constant touch with the central government on the issue of locating the 39 trapped Indians and bringing them back.
“It is unfortunate that till now all these youth have not come back but the state government and Centre were leaving no stone unturned to ensure their safe release. I have personally taken up this issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was taking keen interest in evacuating these youth from strife-torn Iraq,” Badal said.
stone of bus stand laid amid rain
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of Sangrur bus stand amid heavy rain here on Friday.
The project, costing `12 crore will come up on a six-acre plot. The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) will undertake its construction in collaboration with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).
The bus stand will have a 25,000 square feet terminal building, a public conveniences block, a cafeteria and a separate parking for two- and four-wheelers.