NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU & MANPREET SINGH BADAL PLEDGE TO BEAUTIFY ‘GURU KI NAGRI’
INCOMPLETE PROJECTS OF AMRITSAR TO BE COMPLETED IN 6 MONTHS: SIDHU
SHORTCOMINGS IN BRTS PROJECT TO BE IRONED OUT FOR BENEFIT OF PEOPLE: BADAL
AMRITSAR TO SEE 10 LAKH NEW SAPLINGS BEING PLANTED
SPECIAL PLAN FORMULATED FOR RESOLVING TRAFFIC PROBLEM
NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU & MANPREET SINGH BADAL CONDUCT MEETING REGARDING DEVELOPMENT OF AMRITSAR
Amritsar, May 14:
The Local Government Minister, Punjab Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal today conducted a special meeting focusing on the development of ‘Guru Ki Nagri’ Amritsar here today at Municipal Corporation office with Lok Sabha MP Mr. Gurjeet Singh Aujla, MLAs Mr. Om Prakash Soni, Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, Mr. Inderbir Singh Bularia, Mr. Sunil Datti, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Mr. Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu and senior officers of the administration in attendance.
During the course of meeting, the issue of completing pending development projects pertaining to Amritsar and initiating new ones was thoroughly deliberated upon and Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal pledged to beautify the ‘Guru Ki Nagri’.
Divulging the details, the Finance Minister said that the Punjab Government would not allow any dearth of funds to hamper the all round development of the holy city and the Government would formulate a special policy to ensure that this objective is met. He further said that a third party audit is being conducted of the amount spent in the name of development works in the past 10 years by the erstwhile SAD-BJP Government. He also said that the perpetrators of financial irregularities during the previous regime would not be spared.
Elaborating his plans to improve upon the financial condition of the state, the Finance Minister said that the implementation of the GST (Goods & Services Tax) would result in more income to the state from the central taxes than was the case earlier. He also disclosed that the Union Government has guaranteed the 14 percent tax share under the GST to the states for next 5 years. He also said that the austerity measures of the State Government have resulted in cutting down expenditures to the tune of Rs. 1000 crore.
On the occasion, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu while lashing out at the previous SAD-BJP regime said that the erstwhile Badal Government had started BRTS project in Amritsar without any proper planning. Terming it as a political stunt of the Badals, he said that the project had many flaws owing to which it couldn’t succeed. Divulging further, he said that out of this Rs. 600 crore project the amount to the tune of Rs. 400 crore has been spent but in a hap hazard manner which led to its failure. He said that it has been decided in today’s meeting to work whole heartedly for the success of this project so as not to let Rs. 400 crore go down the drain. He elaborated that this project would now be run on PPP mode through private partnership. The minister also said that the 60 buses of city bus service would also be included in the project. He also announced different routes for BRTS bus service with distinct identity for the buses plying on every route.
Coming to other issues, Mr. Sidhu said that the Punjab Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to rid the Amritsar city of its traffic problem. He said that it has been decided with the consent of all MLAs to construct an underbridge in front of Gurudwara Shri Shaheedan Sahib to resolve the traffic menace besides going for an underbridge at jorra fatak also. The problem pertaining to traffic snarls from hall gate to khazana gate would also be solved. A road from jhabal road to valla road via bahoru would also come up to regulate the traffic mechanism. He also said that it is under consideration to use present bus stand for local transport with a new bus stand in the pipeline outside the city for long route buses so as to prevent these from and causing traffic jams in the city. He also informed that as of now, views of the people would be taken concerning the futuristic measure.
Batting for making holy city clean and green, Mr. Sidhu said that the State Government would plant 10 lakh saplings in the present season to ensure this objective for which the Lok Sabha MP Mr. Gurjeet Singh Aujla has announced to give a grant worth Rs. 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund. He further detailed that under a new and novel policy, every house owner would pledge to plant 2 saplings while getting map of his/her house approved and would also make arrangements for conserving the rain water in it. A committee under the stewardship of the Deputy Commissioner has been formed to ensure its implementation.
The minister also said that the State Government would start solid waste management projects to solve the problem of garbage in the urban centers of the state. He divulged that at present, not even a single city has this project running. Disclosing more, he said that efforts are on to start these projects in Amritsar, Bathinda and Jalandhar. The State Government would provide land ranging from 100 to 200 acre for these projects so as to permanently solve the problem of garbage within next 50 years. He also said that new special machines have been contracted for to clean the sewerage systems in the cities.
Commenting further, the minister said that a new advertisement policy is being framed by the State Government as per which the collection of Rs. 200 crore as revenue has been targeted which would be spent on the developmental purposes.
Coming to the transport policy, Mr. Sidhu said that the State Government is going in for a new policy to finish off the transport mafia in the state which would be aimed at the strengthening of public transport thereby breaking the monopoly of big transport companies. He also said that under the newly envisioned policy, mini bus operators would be encouraged and taxes would be lowered. He said that the main aim of the new policy is to provide maximum transport facilities to the people.
The Minister assured that the Congress Government would toil hard day in and day out for the prosperity of Punjab and fulfill each promise that has been made to the people. He also revealed that all the pending projects concerning Amritsar would be completed in next 6 months and no stone would be left un-turned to make ‘Guru Ki Nagri’ Amritsar a beautiful and developed city.