July 14: A hectic day for Jaitley
It’s going to be a busy day on July 14 for Union finance minister Arun Jaitley who besides addressing a public meeting will also be laying foundation stones for a number of developmental projects in and around the city.punjab Updated: Jul 12, 2015 23:16 IST
It’s going to be a busy day on July 14 for Union finance minister Arun Jaitley who besides addressing a public meeting will also be laying foundation stones for a number of developmental projects in and around the city.
Accompanied by Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu and food processing industry minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, this will be Jaitley’s second visit to the city after losing the Lok Sabha election last year to Congress candidate Capt Amarinder Singh.
Earlier Jaitley had visited here in August last when he was also holding the defence portfolio to attend an army function at Dera Baba Nanak.
Even as the foundation laying ceremony for the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has been dropped from his programme, it’s going to be a hectic day for Jaitley.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is arriving here on Monday evening to take stock of the arrangements for Tuesday’s function.
Besides, Jaitley and Naidu will also pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.
Drug rehabilitation centre
Before addressing a public meeting, Jaitley will inaugurate a Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Government Medical College. The centre was constructed at an approximate cost of around `5.6 crore over an area of 2.23 acre. The medical college already has a de-addiction centre, which is playing a key role in addiction treatment and bringing addicts back into the mainstream.
The rehabilitation centre will have six consultation rooms, five doctors’ rooms, gymnasium, laundry, kitchen and dining room and an entertainment/activity hall.
Four-laning of NH-15
Jaitley, along with Naidu, will also lay the foundation stone for four-laning of the National Highway-15 from Amritsar to Bathinda and Ganganagar. This will signal the commencement of the first phase of the prestigious project between Amritsar and Harike. As per an estimate, the `45.92 km stretch will cost a whopping `789.93 crore.
It will include several bypasses — 16-km-long Manawal-Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib bypass, Naushera-Pannua bypass and Harike bypass. It will also involve construction of a flyover near DPS School and a railway over-bridge over the Amritsar-Tarn Taran railway line.
During the visit, Naidu will kick off the heritage city project in parts of the old walled city. He will hand over a cheque for `80 crore to the chief minister for the project. The union minister will also give details of the 'Smart City' project at the public rally.
Besides these functions, Jaitley will also inaugurate a project at an educational institute run by the Chief Khalsa Dewan and another at Global Educational Institute here.
The finance minister’s tour will begin with a visit to historic Khalsa College, where he will be the chief guest at its annual convocation.
Cheema takes stock of arrangements
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema, along with Amritsar deputy commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal, took stock of the arrangements at Ranjit Avenue for Jaitley’s visit.