Govt to spend Rs 600-cr on Amritsar’s development over 6 months

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 14, 2016 13:21 IST
A policeman clicking a photograph of artistes from Rajasthan during the Amritsar Heritage Festival at Urban Haat in Amritsar. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal officially inaugurated the venue on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday announced that around Rs 600 crore will be spent on the beautification and overall development of the holy city in the coming six months.

After reviewing various projects, including beautification of the stretch from the Town Hall to Golden Temple and broad road transit system (BRTS), during his visit on Friday, Badal also disclosed that all development-oriented projects being executed in the city will be completed within three months.

Interacting with mediapersons, Badal said special emphasis will be laid on development of the heritage hotel, BRTS, solid waste management system and parking facility. He said the Urban Haat, which he inaugurated, and Gobindgarh Fort will be developed as tourist centres.

Talking about the Urban Haat, he said it has been developed by the Punjab Urban development Authority (PUDA) along with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to preserve cultural, artistic and culinary traditions of Punjab.

Replying to a query, he said the government is finding solution to traffic jams around the Golden Temple, for which he will consult with the officials to shift the bus stand to some outer area.

Badal said a quilt plant will be set up in Amritsar at a cost of Rs 200 crore to provide employment to 2,000 people. A cycle plant coming up over 300 acres in Ludhiana will produce 15 lakh cycles and provide employment to 1 lakh people, he said. Badal also announced opening up of an investment office in China to attract more investments to the state.

Chief parliamentary secretaries Virsa Singh Valtoha, Amarpal Singh Ajnala and Harmeet Singh Sandhu, special principal secretary to the deputy chief minister Manvesh Singh Sidhu, police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal and additional deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu were accompanying the deputy chief minister.

Sukhbir opens his ambitious Urban Haat project

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated his ambitious project Urban Haat during his visit to the city on Friday.

Sukhbir also spent some time at the Amritsar Heritage Festival, which is being held at the venue since May 6.

Talking about the project, he said: “The government had promised to open a food street for the people of the holy city and this is our gift to them.”

The festival that is going on at the venue is a replica of the famous Lahore Street.

“Primarily, city–based food outlets will have their counters on the street, but if people from across border or from other parts of the country are willing to open a kiosk here, they are welcome,” said the deputy CM about the project that aims to boost tourism.

Hasty visit leaves many disappointed

Although christened as his dream project, the Urban Haat could not keep Sukhbir engaged for too long. After just covering half of it, the deputy CM left the venue, leaving many people disappointed. Sagar Kumar, a vendor, said, “We were waiting for the deputy CM to pay a visit to our stalls, but he had no time for us.” Earlier, Sukhbir arrived at the venue about an hour and a half late.

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