Mansa, 15 January : "Party will contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections on development issue", says Shiromani Akali Dal president, MP, Sukhbir Singh Badal. He was addressing media persons after laying foundation stone of the project of restoring the capacity of Ghaggar branch canal and its distributaries at village Kishangarh of the district.
He said that state is developing at a fast pace in every field, may it be the field of agriculture, industry, trade, power production and distribution, education, heath services etc. He said that an amount of Rs. 2000 Crore will be invested on settingup of central university in Bathinda.
"Project of modifying century old canal system had been started by SAD-BJP government at an investment of Rs.3268 crore to enhance the intake capacity of canals by 40 percent, of which Rs.700 crore had been invested and 102 new distributaries had been approved to ensure better irrigation facilities to the farmers", says Mr. Badal. He said that the 3200 Crore project of repairing and developing canal irrigation system in the state will be completed in two years term as Rs. 1200 Crore work is in progress at fast pace. "Canal system in state was more than a century old and negligence in repairing it results into lack of irrigation capacity. Now, with its revival its capacity will be increased", says Mr. Badal.
SAD president and star campaigner Mr. Badal addressing a public rally after laying foundation stones of RO systems in village Datewas and Gobindpura of the district Mansa said that the other major aim of the SAD-BJP government is to provide safe drinking water to every native of the state so that he or she can live healthy. To obtain this objective R.O. system would be installed in all the villages of the state by the end of next financial year. He said that these RO systems were costing Rs. 10 Lack each and will provide quality drinking water at the cost 10 paisa per litre. He said that diseases like cancer, bone problems, kidney failure etc in the area were outcome of contaminated ground water.
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Mr. Badal said that party will contest coming Lok Sabha elections on development issue. He said that government is increasing distribution capacity besides boosting the power production. Mr Badal told that 30 power grids were will be completed till March 2009. He said that Rs. 250 Crore had been invested till December in this project and Rs 200 crore will be invested in this financial year. He informed that construction work on 70 power grids is in progress.Mr. Badal said that new power grids will help in reducing burden from previous ones and thus help in helps in reducing power loss. He said that at present total power loss in state is 3.5 percent and to reduce it all the 33KV power grids of the state will be upgraded to 66KV in a year. He said that proper distribution will not only help in providing new tube well connections to farmers but also provide sufficient power to install new industries in cities and towns.
During today’s visit Mr. Badal initiated the development work of increasing the capacity of Sunam distributary system by 20 percent and project of restoring the capacity of Ghaggar branch canal and its distributaries. These projects will cost Rs 4.17 Crore and 17.06 Crore respectively. With the restoration of capacity of Ghaggar branch canal and its distributaries 110 villages of Mansa, 258 villages of Sangrur and 53 villages of Patiala district will be benefited. Whereas, 20 percent increase in Sunam Distributory will benefit 20 villages of Budlada and Sunam constituency.