Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15, 2012: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced the 4 laning of Chandigarh-Fatehgarh Sahib-Patiala road to accelerate the ongoing overall development of this historic city.
Addressing an impressive gathering after inducting former Congress Minister Harbans Lal in Shiromani Akali Dal, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Punjab government has initiated a unique project of Rs.13000 crore to connect every city and town of the state with 4/6 lane roads in next 3 years and with today’s announcement the people of Fatehgarh Sahib and adjoining areas would be greatly benefited with the cutting of journey time to Chandigarh as well as Patiala.
He also approved Rs.30 crore for provision of 100% sewerage coverage in the historic city besides Rs.2 crore for the beautification of Sirhind drain and developing it as a picnic spot on the pattern of Sukhna Lake. He also announced to construct a world class multi-purpose sports stadium on the name of Baba Zorawar and Baba Fateh Singh, the younger Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the next financial year and promised to organize matches of World Kabbadi Cup 2013.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government was committed to bring all the holy and historic cities of the state on religious tourist circuit and to put Fatehgarh Sahib on that circuit a number of infrastructure development projects were also under active consideration of the state government. He said that the next 3 years was very crucial for the development of the state as the SAD-BJP government has chalked out an Rs.8745 crore urban development project for 142 cities and towns of the state to be implemented in this stipulated time frame. Besides this a Rs.10000 crore project was also being given final touches with an aim to provide on an average Rs.100 crore for various development projects in each assembly constituency and the thrust area would be the provision of various civic amenities in the rural areas on urban pattern.
Welcoming Harbans Lal and his thousands of supporters in Shiromani Akali Dal, the Deputy Chief Minister assured them due regard in party fold and expressed confidence that they would make a significant contribution in the overall development plan of the state government for the historic city. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harbans Lal said that being a Congressman he was feeling ashamed due to the non-stop unearthing of scandals of Congress led UPA government’s Ministers and Member Parliaments, ever increasing inflation making the life of a common man miserable and total neglect of poor people. He said that he was very much impressed with the pro-poor agenda of Shiromani Akali Dal and its policies aimed towards the welfare of common man besides its unique development programme. He said that he was joining the Shiromani Akali Dal without any precondition and would work wherever the party President Sukhbir Singh Badal deems fit.
Speaking on the occasion, Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary SAD said that Harbans Lal was the main stay of Congress in the area and with his inclusion in SAD, the party would decimate Congress in coming Lok Sabha elections.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Justice Nirmal Singh (Retd.) MLA, Randhir Singh Cheema, Former Minister, Ranjit Singh Talwandi and Jagjeevan Pal Singh Khirnian, both former MLAs, and Jagdeep Singh Cheema, District President SAD. Later on Sadhu Ram, former Block Congress President along with his supporters also joined Shiromani Akali Dal.