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Punjab budget: Dry spell ends, Captain doles out development projects for Patiala

Projects of Rs 500-cr announced for Patiala; to become Smart City in next five years, to be first in Punjab to have engineering, law, social sciences, sports universities

punjab Updated: Jun 21, 2017 16:34 IST
Vishal Rambani
Funds of Rs 5 crore were announced for the establishment of the first e-library in Punjab at the Central Library in Patiala.
Funds of Rs 5 crore were announced for the establishment of the first e-library in Punjab at the Central Library in Patiala.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

With Captain Amarinder Singh being the chief minister, the Royal City that had witnessed a dry phase (in terms of development) for a decade, has received a number of projects in the first budget session of the new government.

As many as eight projects, which will cost around Rs 500 crore, were announced for the city, apart from making announcement that Patiala will be developed as a Smart City. The city is also getting a sports university. Congress, during polls, had raised an issues of the Akalis ignoring Patiala and favouring Bathinda in the past one decade of its SAD-BJP regime. Congress won seven of total eight seats in Patiala, during the assembly polls.

In the maiden budget of this government, the state finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, has announced Rs 100 crore for upgrade of the infrastructure at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Patiala, to provide better facilities to the residents. He announced Rs 5 crore for establishment of the first e-library of the state in the premises of the Central Library. Apart from this, funds were announced for upgrade of piggery farms at Nabha, facelift of the historical building of Mohindra College (established in 1875), a MSME Facilitation Council in Patiala to provide effective facilitation services to MSME units,  Rs 20 crore to make Qila Mubarak a tourist spot along with a hotel, and a sports university.

Projects announced for Patiala
  • Patiala to be developed as Smart City
  • Sport University
  • Upgrade of Government Piggery Farm, Nabha
  • Rs 5 crore for Central State Library, Patiala, to set up e-library of national standard
  • Rs 100 crore for Government Mahindra College
  • MSME Facilitation Council at Patiala to provide effective facilitation services to MSME units
  • Qila Mubarak, Patiala, to be made world-class tourist facility using Rs 20 crore

However, the bigger announcement was that Patiala, which has failed to make a place in the Central government’s Smart City scheme’s list, will be developed in the Smart City pattern, in the next five years.

With Patiala being the epicentre of educational and sports activities, the minister announced to set up a sports university in Patiala. With sports university, Patiala will become the first city of Punjab to have universities for law, social sciences and science (Punjabi University), engineering  (Thapar University), and sports universities, apart from having medical and dental colleges. Patiala already has a Centre-run National Institution of Sports.

“The idea of setting up an e-libarary will revive the Central Library here, as it will help readers to access information quicker. It is one of the best efforts made for educational institutions,” said Ritu Sharma, an educationist.

“Our budget has ended the discrimination that Patiala faced in the past one decade of the Akali rule. They didn’t allocated a single project for Patiala. They did not even give grants for road repair,” said cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra. “Patiala is a historic city and an education hub, it should have world-class infrastructure,” he added.

The announcement to develop Patiala as a Smart City has fulfilled the promise made by the chief minister during polls. “The medical college was neglected, and the CM has given ₹100 crore for its upgrade,” added Mohindra. He said that the CM will approve the Rs 156 crore plan for repair of roads and other infrastructure, whenever the administration sends request to the CM.

The local residents were happy and said that the development projects, coupled with the stamp duty on purchase of property, will revive the real estate sector in Patiala, which will in turn revive its economy.