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Sukhbir apologises for bad roads in Jalandhar

Going on the backfoot on the development issue for once, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has apologised for the poor road infrastructure in Jalandhar city.

punjab Updated: Apr 02, 2014 23:34 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

Going on the backfoot on the development issue for once, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has apologised for the poor road infrastructure in Jalandhar city.


Addressing various associations of industrialists to garner support for SAD candidate from Jalandhar Pawan Kumar Tinu, Sukhbir, who has been claiming that his government has written a new chapter of development in Punjab, was caught on the wrong foot when a leading industrialist Kamna Raj Aggarwal raised the issue of bad roads in Jalandhar and claimed that poor infrastructure is hampering the growth of industry.

"I wish you had moved with us on the roads of Jalandhar in a car and that would have given you a better idea of how bad our roads are. The government should have done some good work instead of making tall claims," she said in her welcome address.

Admitting the government's failure, Sukhbir in his address replied: "I am sorry that you are having bad roads. I accept that you have bad roads. You can attribute any reason to it. But let me tell you, within two months I will be changing the entire scenario of the city. Even within 15 days from now, the problem of roads is going to be sorted out".

Appealing the industrialists to vote for Pawan Kumar Tinu, the SAD chief said he has deputed one of his principal secretaries to oversee the work on the roads after the elections and within two months, the major
roads in the state will be ready for smooth traffic.

The deputy CM informed the industrialists that there will be no further delay in works relating to carpeting or patchwork on the roads since the state government has planned to outsource the work of all civic bodies pertaining to roads, sewerage and water supply.

During the question session, Sukhbir received tough posers from the industrial leaders who even reminded him of his promise to resolve all their pending their issues ahead of 2009 parliamentary polls as well.

"Our industrial plots are on lease. Many times we have taken up the issue of ending the lease and giving these plots on free hold basis. Ahead of the last parliamentary polls, you had come to interact with industrialists. We have requested you to resolve this issue. But the matter is still pending", said Narender Singh Saggu, president, focal point association, Jalandhar.

In response to several demands of industrialists, Sukhbir gave his nod but cited the model code of conduct as a hurdle.

"Since the entire media is sitting here I cannot comment anything on your demands. But I assure you that after the elections, you will get relief. You vote for Tinu, rest is ok," said the SAD chief, while terming Tinu as a part of his family.