Funds paucity not to hamper development works: Amarinder Singh
Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh today reiterated that the paucity of funds would not be allowed to hamper the pace of overall progress and development in the stateUpdated: May 09, 2003 12:41 IST
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh today reiterated that the paucity of funds would not be allowed to hamper the pace of overall progress and development in the state, despite the "prevailing financial crunch".
Addressing a public gathering here after unveiling the foundation stone of National Capital Region Water Supply and Sewerage Project at a cost of Rs 126.42 crore, Capt Singh said that the fiscal reforms coupled with austerity measures taken by the State Government had radically improved the financial scenario of the state.
"Consequently the state revenue had gone up by registering an increase of Rs 750 crore by the end of March 31, 2002," he said, adding that these reforms were a road map to the prosperity and progress in the State and will be continued till the "achievement of the ultimate goal of self-sustaining financial position in the state".
Referring to the National Capital Region Water Supply and Sewerage Project at Patiala, Singh said that this scheme was conceived way back in 1989 and "it is really pathetic that the previous governments did not bother to pursue the matter with the Union Government."
He said that Patiala had been declared as one of the five Counter Magnet Areas by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), with an objective to reduce the pressure of population in Delhi for achieving a more balanced and harmonised development of the entire region by boosting economic activities in key areas.
Singh said that out of Rs 126.42 crore, Rs 60 crore and Rs 66.42 crore would be spent on this scheme under Phase I and Phase II respectively for laying 173 km of distribution pipes for water supply, 120 km pipe sewer for sewerage and sewerage treatment plant.
He also disclosed that an information and bio-technology park would be developed over an area of 300 acres at Baran, near here, at a cost of Rs 66 crore to generate employment.
He said that Punjab Infrastructure Development Board had chalked out an ambitious programme at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore for strengthening and upgradation of existing infrastructure during the "development year of 2003".
Later talking to reporters, Capt Singh said that to check the growing trend of migratory labour in the state, the State Government had constituted a sub committee under his Chairmanship and Finance Minister as its member to chalk out a policy and streamline the influx of migratory labour.
Replying to a question about the incident of abduction of a minor girl from Patiala to Bihar and an alleged role of Bihar MP in "shielding the abductors", Singh said that he would soon take up this matter with his Bihar counterpart.
To another question, he said that he had received a reply from American Ambassador Robert Blackwill in response to his letter for seeking permission to undertake the repair of historic gurudwara at Baghdad, which had suffered partial damage during the recent US-led war there.
First Published: May 09, 2003 12:41 IST