Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday set the deadline for the completion of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project till March 3, 2015. The project would now cost rs 333 crore and would include seven corridors at important geographical points in the city.
Reviewing the ongoing development projects in Amritsar, Badal said that the BRTS project would not only help develop the holy city as a tourist destination, but it would also help ease out traffic congestion and curb pollution on a large scale. The officials informed the deputy CM that out of seven corridors, five would be completed till March 3, while the remaining two would take six months more due to removal of transmission lines.
Addressing the delay in the construction of the administrative complex, Badal directed PUDA to release the required funds worth rs 66.87 crore immediately to ensure the completion of project till January 2015. The deputy CM also directed the officials concerned to speed up the construction work for new central jail at Fatehpur village with a cost of rs 132 crore.
Badal asked tourism and cultural heritage director Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa to take up the matter of the conservation of historic Ram Bagh Garden with the Centre for the release of funds. The officials concerned said that the conservation of the building was being carried out and soon it would be undertaken by the department of cultural affairs
On the issue of setting up of a parking complex and a tourist reception centre at Attari border, officials told the deputy CM that tenders have been floated for both projects and the work would be completed till December 31. Regarding the safe city project, he directed the officials to complete this project costing `40 crore by the middle of the next year. "The committee for execution of the project under the chairmanship of the principal secretary has been notified," he said.
Reviewing the four-laning of Amritsar-Ajnala road, Amritsar-Sohian FGC Road, Amritsar-Majitha-Fatehgarh Churrian Road, Amritsar-Taran Taran-Sirhali-Harike road, Badal said that all these adjoining roads would be given top priority. Principal secretary (PWD) P S Aujla informed Badal that the work on some of these roads was delayed by two months due to shifting of electric lines by the PSPCL and the department would complete these projects before December.