Chandigarh, September 28, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today disclosed the union government had released the first installment of Rs. 27.11 crore to the Punjab government for development of the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi as a Smart City in line with the principles the Smart Cities Mission.
Disclosing this here, Mrs Harsimrat Badal said a total of Rs 135.5 crore had been sanctioned by the Narendra Modi led NDA government for this project which was a befitting tribute to the 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Mrs Badal said she was informed by the Union government that the first installment of Rs. 27.11 crore had been released to the Punjab government for transforming the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi into a Smart City. “Turning this holy city into a Smart City on the holy occasion of 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Sahib would be an unforgettable gift to the entire Sikh Sangat”.
Giving further details, the union minister said the estimated cost of the development plan for the holy city was Rs. 271 crore which was to be equally distributed amongst the center and state governments
. “Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs share will be released in three installments in the ratio of 20:40:40,” she said adding the first installment of 20 per cent (Rs.27.11 crore) was released to the state government in advance to start the project.
Disclosing about other projects initiated by the central government for development and safety of the holy city, the union minister said the central government had sanctioned grant-in-aid of Rs. 15.78 crore to the Punjab government for the establishment of ‘Robust security and Policing infrastructure’ at Dera Baba Nanak for the Kartarpur Corridor project under its scheme for Modernization of State Police Forces.
She said apart from construction of police stations, office spaces including dormitory accommodation for 150 Police personnel, 50 residential flats would be constructed under this scheme.
Mrs Badal disclosed the Union government had also accorded approval for the estimated civil cost of Rs.94 crore and Rs.26 crore (land acquisition) for pre-construction activities for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.