ANANDPUR SAHIB APRIL 13: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.-a wing of ILFS to coordinate with the senior officers of the different departments of the state government to ensure timely implementation of development projects to be initiated in and around the holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib as a part of commemoration of Tercentenary celebration of Guruta Gaddi Divas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Presiding over a high level meeting of the officers of the state and the district administration, Mr. Badal mentioned that the concerted efforts of the SAD-BJP Government had resulted in securing a grant of Rs.105.13 crore for the overall development of Sri Anandpur Sahib. He announced to setup a committee comprising local MLA Sant Baba Ajit Singh, consultant for the development works Lt. General (Retd.) B.S. Dhaliwal, President Local Municipal Committee S. Ram Singh and Deputy Commissioner Roop Nagar Mr. B. Purushartha for the implementation of these projects.
Mr. Badal asked the Chief Engineer Water Supply & Sanitation Mr. Arvinder Singh to conduct a fresh survey for the provision of potable drinking water facility in the town within a fortnight. The Chief Engineer assured Mr. Badal that the entire programme for water supply including in the left out areas at a cost of Rs. 5.81 crore would be implemented with in next six months. Likewise sewerage & Sanitation programme would also be implemented at a cost of Rs. 9.68 crore. The Chief Minister also directed the Chief Engineer drainage of irrigation department to accomplish the task of storm water drain at an investment of Rs. 4.44 crore including the construction of check dams (Bandh) to protect low lying areas. Solid Waste Management would entail an expenditure of Rs. 6 crore including development of landfill site, installation of covered garbage dust bins and waster carrying vehicle.
The Chief Minister directed the Chief Engineer PWD (B&R) to undertake the widening and strengthening of internal roads within town at a cost of Rs. 2 crore including the roads under Municipal Council. Apart from this the road network programme would also include the strengthening of road from Anandpur Sahib to Dashmesh Academy and a construction of road along Nangal Hydel channel from Sri Anandpur Sahib to Sri Kiratpur Sahib in the first phase at a cost Rs. 1.20 crore and from Kiratpur Sahib to Roop Nagar under the second phase to decongest the vehicular traffic and to provide an alternate route to the devotees especially during the festivals of Hola Mohalla and Baisakhi. Similarly, the Chief Engineer (electrical) of PWD (B&R) had been asked to install the most modern street lighting system to add the ambiance of the Holy City.
Mr. Badal directed the Chief Architect Punjab, Mrs. B.K. Saini to prepare a comprehensive building plan of all the proposed buildings in the historic town of Sri Anandpur Sahib with a dome shape structures to give a distinct identity with elements of aura of serenity and architectural grandeur.
The Chief Minister also announced to have the fire fighting service in the town and an allocation of Rs. 1 crore had been made as a part of the development projects. As a part of the upgradation of infrastructure of the town the Chief Minister also reviewed other infrastructure projects of Rs.56.8 crore that mainly consisted of construction of Government Senior Secondary School (Rs. 5 crore), completion of ITI building for girls (Rs. 4 crore), polytechnic college (Rs. 17 crore), sports stadium at Charan Ganga (Rs. 1.80 crore), community centre (Rs. 2 crore), construction of new bus stand (Rs. 18 crore), utilization of old bus stand into commercial & multilevel parking (Rs. 6 crore), white painting and lighting of religious placed (Rs. 3 crore) .
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included MLA Anandpur Sahib, Sant Baba Ajit Singh, Media Advisor Harcharn Bains and Additional Principal Secretary Gagandeep Singh Brar besides the officers of District Administration of Roop Nagar.