Akalis were not even able to maintain Guru Ghars during their government: Capt Amarinder

CHAMKAUR SAHIB(ROPAR): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday lashed out at the Akalis for not taking care of even the ‘Guru Ghars’ during their 10-year of destructive rule, while announcing a slew of development projects for Chamkaur Sahib, including in-principle approval for the region’s upgradation as a Municipal Committee (MC).

The Chief Minister was here to lay the foundation stone of Sri Guru Gobind SinghSkills Institute, as a constituent college of Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University. The project is part of the government’s plans to spruce up the infrastructure in the holy city of Sri Chamkaur Sahib.

The Chief Minister also announced construction of two gates in the city in the name of the ‘Bade’ Sahibzadas, Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Jujhar Singh.

Recalling that his government had constructed the memorial of 40 Muktas in Muktsar and four gates at Fatehgarh Sahib, Captain Amarinder Singh said the Akalis had failed to do anything for any section of the society during their decade-long misrule. They had, in fact, ruined the state’s economy, he added.

The Chief Minister also initiated two more development works worth Rs.15.11 crore, including beautification and facade development projects at a cost of Rs.11.50 crore and strengthening & upgradation of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Marg at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.61 crore.

The Chief Minister, who paid obeisance at the Chamkaur Sahib earlier, said the shortage of parking space and proper roads around the gurdwara had been brought to his notice. He announced an additional Rs. 4 crores to Rs.11 crore already sanctioned for the Galliara scheme.

Underlining the importance of equipping youngsters with the skills needed to become employable, the Chief Minister said the Institute would provide the requisite skills to youngsters irrespective of their educational background. It would be built at a cost of Rs.500 crore, of which Rs. 100 crore would go into construction and the remaining would be spent on machinery, equipment, furniture and other infrastructure. He said that Public Works Department would finalise the layout and the construction would be completed in a phased manner.

Reiterating his pledge to target 1000 jobs for youth a day, the Chief Minister disclosed that under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar & Karobar Mission, as many as 808 youth got employment just yesterday under government/private/self-employment schemes. 

Giving details of the other projects, Captain Amarinder Singh said facade beautification under ‘Swadesh Darshan Scheme’ would be implemented at a cost of Rs.11.50 crore, which includes beautification of Chowk connecting Morinda-Bela Road and Sanduan Road at a cost Rs.30 lakh, parking along with basic utilities for Rs.5 crore, facade development of market & improvement of premises in front of Gurdwara Sri Katalgarh Sahib worth Rs.5 crore, besides improvement of premises and parking at Gurdwara Sri Garhi Sahib at Rs.1.20 crore.

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