Sukhbir Badal launches projects worth Rs 413-cr in Ludhiana
Work on several multi-crore projects in and around the city will soon be completed and residents will be able to see the change in coming months, said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on his visit to the city on Friday.punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2016 22:12 IST
Work on several multi-crore projects in and around the city will soon be completed and residents will be able to see the change in coming months, said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on his visit to the city on Friday.
Badal launched development projects worth Rs 413 crore for the city, which include works for infrastructure development, water supply and sewerage.
Badal said soon two new road projects worth Rs 1,238 crore would be started for the city, which would help in reducing traffic congestion in a big way. He said the first project is of a four-laned elevated road that would be constructed from the city to Samrala Chowk on National Highway-95 and the second project would connect Ladhowal Bypass (NH-95) to NH-1, via Ladhowal seed farm.
Badal said the 12.9-kilometre elevated road would be constructed at a cost of Rs 867.72 crore, and Rs 17 kilometre-long Ladhowal bypass would come up at a cost of Rs 370.17 crore.
“Also, the construction of eight-lane Ludhiana-Chandigarh Expressway will begin soon, as tenders have been released,” he said, adding that another Rs 1,100 crore have been sanctioned for making Ludhiana a smart city.
On inauguration spree
At Guru Nanak Bhawan, the deputy CM handed over keys of new houses to 500 people from economically weaker section of society. He announced that the Punjab government would provide one lakh houses to economically weaker section in one year.
Badal also laid the foundation stone of a community centre and senior citizen club at Sector 39 on Chandigarh Road. It would be constructed at a cost of Rs 5.58 crore. He also announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh to Ravidass Mandir, and said the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar would be celebrated as a state-level function on April 14.
The deputy CM also inaugurated a drug de-addiction centre at Mullanpur besides inaugurating mechanical sweeping machines of the municipal corporation.
Besides inaugurating 15 city buses, the deputy CM inaugurated a statue of OP Munjal, chairman and co-founder of Hero cycles, at OP Munjal Rakh Bagh.
Youth Congress leaders, members detained
To prevent protests during deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s visit to the city on Friday, police rounded up Youth Congress members gathered near Jalandhar Bypass to show black flags to him besides detaining its vice-president at his house.
District Youth Congress president Rajiv Raja said organisation members started gathering at the spot in the morning. Around 60 of them were detained by cops and taken to the Mattewara police station. Later, however, they were released, without initiating any legal action against them.
Raja said the Youth Congress had been protesting peacefully. He said the state government wanted to suppress voices of opposition, and was using police as its tool.
Youth Congress vice-president Sunny Kainth said he was taken to the police station on Thursday night before being let off in the wee hours of Friday, only to be detained at his house.
On February 23, too, Youth Congress members protesting outside the deputy commissioner’s office under Kainth’s leadership were detained by cops.
Congress state legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who is also the deputy leader of the Congress legislative party, said the state government was acting like the British Empire that did not allow people to raise their voice against injustice. He said the Youth Congress members just wanted to conduct a peaceful protest and had not intentions to create any disturbance.
Ashu said the party would chalk out further plan of action against the government after having a meeting with Lok Sabha member Ravneet Singh Bittu and other leaders.