In an attempt to set the tune with the people after series of socio-political crisis a month ago, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal made a visit to the city and interacted with the public at the Company Bagh, leaving them surprised.
Sukhbir, who usually do not interact with the people like his father Parkash Singh Badal -- who meets general public in Sangat Darshan programmes -- asked the senior citizens on their evening walks about the problems being faced by them in the city.
Some of people also took selfies with the SAD president when he held a 10-minute talk with three to four people in the newly-renovated Company Bagh.
The people raised the problems of garbage accumulation, ill-maintenance of street lights at various places in the city and infrastructure developmental issues with the deputy CM. Badal on his assured the citizens that he would personally look into the all issues raised by them and would direct officials to make arrangements to solve the problems.
Badal asked municipal commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira about the arrangements the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) has in place in managing the waste in the city. He also told the people that his government was going to disburse a grant of Rs 300-crore only for the development works in Jalandhar.
Thereafter, he along with deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav also visited the modern dump at Partap Bagh that became operational three months back. Badal also took rounds of the main roads that have been newly carpeted this year. Some other areas that he visited included PAP chowk, bus stand area, Guru Amardas chowk.
The surprise visit by Badal also left the city police stunned as there wasn’t any prior information about the same.
Though it was the first time when the deputy chief minister was visiting Jalandhar since it was selected for the Smart City project from the state along with Amritsar and Ludhiana, the first citizen of city, mayor Sunil Jyoti was not present during the event as he was out of state in Dehradun on a private visit.
Company Bagh was renovated in the month of June this year and is one of the biggest development models that the city has got. The renovation work was done at the cost of Rs 3.84 crore.