Jalandhar-Kapurthala road will soon have a four-lane road. Mayor Sunil Jyoti on Monday said the tendering works regarding the same will start soon.
He stated this at a meeting that was presided by BJP MLA from Jalandhar and Punjab forest minister Chunni Lal Bhagat to review the status of various projects that are being carried in his constituency (Jalandhar west constituency). The minister was accompanied by his son Mohinder Bhagat.
“Last month, we held a meeting to discuss various projects going in the area. This meeting was held to review all the projects,” Chunni Lal Bhagat said.
He also informed that he has instructed the officials to speed up the work of sewage line work in the area and that the work of laying down the sewage line in Jalandhar-Kapurthala road will be completed by December 15.
When asked about the condition at the Basti Bawa Khel area, he said, “Public consent will always be our priority and whatever development work we are planning to carry out in the area is for the convenience of the locals.”
Other than the sewage line project in that area, the minister also asked the officials to make the priority list of all the development work in the west constituency (from where he contested the election).
He said after the completion of road construction of Basti Peer Daad, sport market road will be carpeted since it’s the need of the hour. Some other areas are also on the priority list like the stretch of Basti Peer Daad to Kapurthala road, Avtar Nagar road, and beautification Babrik Chowk to 120-feet road.
Shifting of electric polls at Basti Peer Daad road where the carpeting work is under process were also discussed in the meeting.
Mayor, senior deputy mayor at loggerheads
During the meeting the mayor and the senior deputy mayor were seen at the loggerheads on the issue of granting compensation to the shop owners and tenants of Basti Bawa Khel, where a four-lane road is being proposed to be made.
On one hand, where mayor Sunil Jyoti said they have no plan of granting compensation to the shopkeepers whose area has been marked as encroached ones, the senior deputy mayor said getting compensation is the legal right of the shopkeepers.
“We have no plan of granting compensation, they themselves approached us for demolishing the building, so there is no case of compensation,” the mayor said.
“If the group of people from Chandan Nagar can get compensation, so can the shopkeepers of Basti Bawa Khel, few of them even approached me on Friday, it’s their legal right to ask for compensation,” senior deputy mayor said.
Other dignitaries, who were present in the meeting were GS Khaira, municipal commissioner, Rajiv Verma, joint commissioner, municipal corporation, assistant medical officer Shri Krishna Sharma, superintending engineer B&R department Kulvinder Singh, and superintending engineer O&M department Lakhwinder Singh.
From Punjab sewerage board superintending engineer Somnath, executive engineer GP Singh and junior engineer Sunny Gognal while executive engineer Inderpal from the PSPCL attended the meeting on Monday.