Sidhu announces Rs 1540.9 Crore released for sewerage projects, 141.53 to Jalandhar

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Jalandhar: In order to provide world class civic amenities to the residents of the state, the Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today said that the state government has released funds worth Rs 1540.90 crore for completion of ongoing projects of Sewerage in the state.

Divulging the details, the Minister, while interacting with the media at local circuit house today, the Minister said that this money would give major impetus to development of state on one hand and provide state of the art civic amenities to them on the other at a cost of RS 2108.50 crore. He said that state government has already spent around Rs 600 crore for these projects. However, Sidhu, accompanied by President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and Lok Sabha Member Sunil Jakhar, said that the work on this project was halted by the previous government adding that now the state government has now decided to pump in Rs 1540.90 crore to complete it.

The Minister said that out of this total amount Rs 141.53 crore would be spent in Jalandhar district. He said that funds to the tune of Rs 64.97 crore has been already given for these funds. Sidhu said that now the remaining funds have been sanctioned for early completion of these projects.

The Minister said that out of these funds RS 51.30 crore would be spent in Jalandhar city. Likewise, he said that Rs 17.78 crore would be spent in Adampur, RS 0.33 crore in Alawalpur, RS 10.81 crore in Goraya, RS 8.84 in Kartarpur, Rs 37.43 crore in Nakodar, RS 0.44 crore in Phillaur, RS 8.70 crore in Shahkot and RS 5.90 crore for Mehatpur. Sidhu said that these funds would be spent judiciously for completing these projects in a time bound manner.

The Minister said that in order to ensure proper quality check over these works, the state government would hire young engineers from the Colleges/ Universities for random checking of these projects. Likewise, Sidhu said that the state government would also install display boards in the urban areas to inform the people about the nature of development work done in their area. He said that this would also help in enhancing the quality of work done by the agencies.

The Minister said that the basic motive was to ensure time bound completion of the development work by ensuring quality control and making the officers accountable for it. He also said that the third party audit of all the works executed by the Municipal Corporation would be done in few days.