Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday took stock of the work on the ongoing projects, including the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and others, and directed the officials concerned to expedite the process, saying these would change the face of the city in 2016.
According to the deputy CM, Amritsar would get a total facelift in coming months and by the end of December 2016, it would emerge as the cleanest city in the country. Asserting that within two-three months, the city would witness an unprecedented change in its infrastructure, besides becoming free from chaos and traffic jams with wide roads, including world class civic infrastructure, Badal said majority of the ongoing development works would be concluded by the mid of next year.
He also announced that the work on Bus Rapid Transit System project at a cost of nearly Rs 500 crore in the city has taken good pace and now after few months, this project would be on advanced stage of completion as the work of widening of the road with dedicated bus lanes were on full swing. He also issued strict directions to all authorities to conclude the project within stipulated time frame, besides maintain the quality and perfection.
Notably, the work on the BRTS project has left almost the entire city dug up, besides affecting the normal lives of the public, who have held numerous protests in this regard. Reviewing the work being undertaken at the state-of-the-art entrance of Amritsar, Badal said the work on the BRTS project was in full-swing.
“The contractor has been asked to complete the work by mid 2016,” he said. The officials concerned informed the deputy CM that the work of entrance gate was on advanced stage of completion and by February it would be dedicated to the people of country with a heritage look.
Badal, accompanied by union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal visited the Urban Haat where the work was under progress. Officials concerned said the work on the project would be completed by April 2016 and it would showcase the unique food culture as well as the handicrafts of the holy city of Amritsar along different means of entertainment of common masses.
“Best establishments would be invited for this purpose so that they could run their ventures here in the heart of city in front of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital complex,” the deputy CM said. Taking stock of ongoing work of world class façade from Hall Gate to Golden Temple, Badal also visited Town Hall, Fountain Chowk, Bhandari Bridge, BRTS site near Sadar Chowk.
He reviewed the status of sewerage and water supply project being executed at a cost of Rs 203 crore at Sultanwind village. “The project will extend benefits of civic amenities to Sultanwind village, Daburji, Kot Mit Singh, Khalsa Nagar and adjacent localities of the area,” Badal said, while also directing the officials concerned to monitor the status regularly to keep a check on quality and perfection.