Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs 20 crore for development works in Panchkula district with Rs 10 crore for the rural areas and Rs 10 crore for the urban areas. Khattar was addressing a vikas rally in Sector 16, Panchkula, on Sunday.
Among the new projects, Khattar said a law college and a Haryana Roadways depot will come up on 4.5 acres of land, along with a workshop in the Phase 2, Industrial Area. He said the HUDA booths will be allowed to build additional floors to discourage encroachment on the public land.
Long-pending railway underpass in Sector 19 will be taken up with the railways and commercial activities will be legalised in the Industrial Area.
He reiterated earlier announcements of the medical college and NIFD in Panchkula, for which sites have already been chosen.
MLA Gian Chand Gupta said earlier the district had suffered a stepmotherly treatment, but now under the BJP rule it should be developed as mini capital of Haryana. He demanded an underpass to connect Sectors 20, 21 and 25. Besides, he said the city needed an underpass at Sector 19 railway crossing, dispensary in sector 15, upgradation of schools in villages.
He said with the coming of BJP government in the state the corruption had decreased. Khattar said he will look into the charter of over 60 demands raised by the local MLA.
While speaking on the occasion, Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria demanded sending Panchkula’s name for Smart City and setting up a university of international-standards.
Meanwhile, Congress described CM’s rally as flop show. Vice-president of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress Ranjeet Mehta said, “The name ‘vikas rally’ is good. The progress has happened, but only in complaints of people, increase in the number of stray dogs and potholed roads.” She also raised the issue of hoardings, which could be seen across the city, in violation of the advertising rules and incur losses for the local civic body.