Punjab govt to spend Rs 14 bn in six districts

Punjab govt to spend Rs 14 bn in six districts

The Punjab government has decided to spend Rs 1,434 crore on upgrading basic civic amenities like road, water, sanitation and social infrastructure facilities in six districts in the border areas. The amount would be spent on improving facilities in 18 blocks of Amritsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran districts in the state. The government will spend these funds on the construction and repair of roads including link roads through PWD (B&R) and Mandi Board, implementation of potable water and sanitation schemes, strengthening and revamping of canals, water courses, etc. The investment will also be used to build channels and distributaries, upgradation of health care facilities, animal husbandry facilities, besides revamping the infrastructure of schools and colleges.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sanctioned the amount to ensure a better quality of life to the inhabitants of these areas. The package will help in ensuring the fruits of welfare schemes percolate to all through inclusive development at the grassroots level. Mr Badal advised the MLAs representing these areas on how the amount should be spent involving local Panchayats, Municipal Committees and other local bodies.

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