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Navjot Singh Sidhu’s announcements hollow, misguiding: SAD-BJP leaders

The leaders stated that the projects were passed by the MC during the SAD-BJP regime and many works have not even been planned yet but foundations stones have still been laid by Sidhu in an attempt to fool the residents of Ludhiana.

punjab Updated: Sep 12, 2017 15:51 IST
HT Correspondent
SAD-BJP leaders addressing mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday.
SAD-BJP leaders addressing mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Lambasting Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for making ‘hollow’ claims, the SAD-BJP leadership during a joint press conference on Monday claimed that most of the works announced by minister during a visit to Ludhiana last week were “misguiding and manipulated”. Sidhu had announced projects worth Rs 3,568 crore for Ludhiana.

The leaders stated that these projects were passed by the MC during the SAD-BJP regime and many works have not even been planned yet but foundations stones have still been laid by Sidhu in an attempt to fool the residents of Ludhiana.

The SAD-BJP leaders, including mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, SAD district president Harbhajan Singh Dang, BJP district president Ravinder Arora among others, stated that the Congress is trying to take the credit for the work done by the SAD-BJP government in the last ten years. The leaders also demanded the resignation of local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for misguiding the residents.

Earlier on September 6, Sidhu announced developmental projects worth ₹3,568 crore for the city which include a rail over bridge on Pakhowal road, a project on Jagraon bridge, a canal-based water supply project and completion of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP). 

Pointing towards two major projects for the city including projects including reconstruction of Jagraon bridge and canal-based water supply project, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said that the canal-based water supply project of around Rs 2,500 crore was passed by the finance and contracts committee of MC in the year 2015 and the funding has to done by the World Bank and central government, under the AMRUT scheme. However, the Congress is trying to get the credit for the same, the mayor said.

Gohalwaria said that same is in the case of Jagraon bridge case, the SAD-BJP government is working on the project for last one year and the funds (26 crore) for the project were also allocated from the funds which SAD-BJP government sent for the development of the city during its tenure.

“There are projects including the project of rail over bridge at Pakhowal road, for which no proposal has been made but the minister laid the foundation stone just to misguide the residents and claimed Rs 100 crore will be spent even when no detailed project report (DPR) has been made.”

Sidhu’s announcement of Rs 130 crore for the CETP project had also landed in controversy after Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) member secretary Babu Ram expressed ignorance over the project, even though Sidhu had said that the project would be funded by the pollution control board.

The mayor said that only the state Congress government is responsible for halting different developmental works, which were being conducted or proposed by the SAD-BJP government during its tenure. Rather than issuing extra funds, the Congress government, upon coming to power, failed to release the pending Rs 241 crores, out of the total Rs 413 crore, which was earlier sanctioned by the SAD-BJP government through Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB).

The SAD-BJP leaders claimed that the Congress will also loose the upcoming MC elections as the residents have witnessed the “manipulations and hollow claims” being made by the Congress government. 

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