PUNJAB DEPUTY Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal urged the people of Punjab to “take a close look” at Haryana state, where two youths had died of drug overdose recently. He was reacting to a query on the drug menace in Punjab on the sidelines of a sangat darshan in Dasuya area of Hoshiarpur district.
He said the Congress and AAP were trying to defame the youth of Punjab in the name of drugs. When pointed out that young boys of Punjab, too, had died due to drug overdose, he said that in Haryana, two youths, in a bid to enhance their physical prowess, had died during the police recruitment process.
He said the police recruitment process in Punjab would begin on July 5 and “the whole world would see that all candidates will come out clean”. He said not a single candidate during army recruitment one-and-a-half years ago in Patiala was found positive in drug test, which “is a befitting reply to all those defaming Punjab only to gain political mileage”.
Targeting AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Deputy Chief Minister said Kejriwal “back-stabbed the people of Punjab” when, during his visit to the state, he ranted against the construction of SYL canal but the moment he got back to “his citadel” in Delhi, he started speaking in favour of it.
Taking on the Congress too, Sukhbir said PPCC Chief Captain Amarinder Singh was a “frustrated man” as his dream of holding the reins of the state was shattered twice – in 2007 and 2012 – and that he would meet a similar fate in 2017, too.
Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for approving Rupnagar-Phagwara road as 4 lane highway, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal today said this major road project would accelerate the infrastructure activities in Doaba area besides lessen the travelling time and traffic congestion leading to Jalandhar and holy city Amritsar.
In a press statement Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said Punjab government had submitted this road project along with other major projects to the union road transport and highways minister Mr Nitin Gadkari who have forwarded it before the union cabinet. He informed that this 344-A national highway having length of 80 KMs would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1444.42 crore which would benefit the towns and surrounding areas connecting to this road.
Mr Badal said the latest gift from the centre is only a continuation of the new focus that the Union Government has come to exercise on the development of Punjab as a premier and advanced state. “The GoI’s liberal help in the infrastructure projects would help the Punjab to sustain the hectic pace of development that have already set in the state”, he said.
Deputy CM said Punjab had highest road density in the country and all major towns would have 4-6 lane road connectivity by the end of next year. He said the union government had already approved two major road projects for the industrial city Ludhiana costing Rs. 1238 crore which includes elevated road from Samrala Chowk to MC limit on Ferozepur road and Ladowal bye-pass connecting NH-95 with NH-1.
Giving details Mr Badal said 12.951 KMs long elevated road would be built at a cost of Rs. 867.72 crore thereby decongest traffic in the walled city and Ladhowal bye-pass having length of 17 Kms would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 370.17 crore. Besides this, centre had also gave approval to 6 laning of 76 KMs long Kharar-Ludhiana highway which would be constructed at Rs 2070 crore.