Committed to maintaining peace in Punjab: Sukhbir
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday reiterated his government's resolve to maintain peace in the state and warned "anti-national elements" against creating any disturbance.chandigarh Updated: Aug 15, 2013 18:52 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday reiterated his government's resolve to maintain peace in the state and warned "anti-national elements" against creating any disturbance.
"We have got peace in the state after a decade of sustained efforts and nobody will be allowed to fiddle with it," he said while addressing a gathering after unfurling the national flag at an Independence Day function here.
Lauding the role of security forces, Sukhbir said there was no major terror attack in the state, "as our police force could take preemptive and preventive measures" and busted three major militant modules in the recent past.
"Within the next three years, we will change the state's urban skyline as we have finalised our plans for upgrading rural and urban road infrastructure, air connectivity and are widening the ambit of social welfare schemes," Sukhbir said.
Announcing a Rs 24,000-crore plan for 13,047 villages in the state, he said private companies would undertake projects like concrete roads, sewerage network and treatment plants in those villages.
"Mohali International Airport will be ready within 18 months, Bathinda airport is ready for operation and the upgraded Sahenwal airport will be dedicated to the nation next year," Sukhbir said, adding that the government has already requested an airport at Jalandhar and plans are afoot for another international airport at Machhiwara.
Meanwhile, there were reports of rains playing a spoilsport in Independence Day celebrations at SAS Nagar, Bathinda, Ludhiana and Faridkot and forcing cancellation of cultural events at few venues.