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Deputy CM unveils roadmap for state

The new roadmap for Punjab points to a bright future. At the inauguration of a Rs-30-crore railway over-bridge (ROB) on the Lambi road here on Wednesday, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also unveiled his bigger plans for Bathinda in particular and the Malwa region in general.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2012 14:08 IST
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The new roadmap for Punjab points to a bright future. At the inauguration of a Rs-30-crore railway over-bridge (ROB) on the Lambi road here on Wednesday, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also unveiled his bigger plans for Bathinda in particular and the Malwa region in general.

The bridge connects National Highways 64 and 10. Sukhbir also opened the Rs-70-crore project of transforming the Muktsar-Kotkapura road into a four-lane freeway. "The ROB on the Bathinda-Lambi road will be part of a ring-road bypass around Bathinda," said the deputy CM. "It will open the way for rapid development of the trans-railway locality in the city and ensure smooth traffic to Malout, Abohar, Sriganganagar and Fazilka."

Over another three years, the state government would spend Rs 13,000 crore for connecting every city with 4- or 6-lane expressways, Sukhbir added. The plan includes laying 27 railway over-bridges or under-bridges (RUBs) for Rs 550 crore.

"The work on 13 ROBs and RUBs is on an 14 more projects are next," Sukhbir said. "Rs 2,500 crore will be the cost of creating four lanes on the 220-km expressway linking Bathinda, Patiala and Zirakpur. It will join the Malwa heartland with the state capital and shorten the journey by four-hours-and-a-half."

Bathinda, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar will have education city projects.