Shahkot – Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced June 28 as a Gazetted holiday in the state on the occasion of Kabir Jayanti. Addressing a thanksgiving rally at the local grain market here, the Chief Minister said the Congress was indebted to the voters of the Shahkot assembly segment, who had ensured a sweeping victory for the party’s candidate, Hardev Singh Laddi, to secure two-third majority for Congress Party in the Punjab Assembly.The Chief Minister complimented the Congress workers and leaders for making concerted efforts to ensure the party’s victory and announced a slew of infrastructure and other development projects, and asked MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh and Hardev Singh Laddi to submit a detailed proposal of projects for Shahkot so that the funds, as needed, could be released at the earliest. While work on 4-laning of Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur, up to Himachal border (NH70) had already started at a total cost of Rs 1069 crore, another Rs. 1000 crore had been allocated for 4-laning of Jalandhar Bye-Pass linking NH-70 and NH-71 from Jandhu Singha to Pratappura via Jamsher, said the Chief Minister, adding that the DPR for the latter was under preparation by NHAI and work on it would start this year.Other infrastructural development projects announced by the Chief Minister included construction of ROB on Chougeti- Ladhewali Road (Rs.35 Crore), with tenders having been called for appointment of a Technical Consultant, besides widening and strengthening of Jalandhar – Jandiala-Nurmahal – Talwan Road (Rs.17 Crore), on which work had commenced. The Chief Minister assured the people that funds would not be allowed to hamper the development of Shahkot, which had witnessed no progress under the Akali regime. The projects announced today were just the beginning of the advancement of the region and its people, he added.Underlining his government’s commitment to strengthening school infrastructure in Shahkot, the Chief Minister announced allocation of Rs 7 crore for establishment of three Smart Schools and 32 Digital Class Rooms. Reiterating his government’s commitment to providing safe drinking water to the people, Captain Amarinder Singh announced bifurcation of the existing water supply schemes to provide separate water supply schemes for various villages. In his address, Lok Sabha MP from Jalandhar, Chaudhary Santokh Singh sought special attention for the Doaba region.
Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal congratulated the voters of Shahkot for showing the door to Shiromani Akali Dal for their long misrule. Former Minister and MLA Rana Gurjit Singh sought a special package for the Doaba region, urging the Chief Minister to get the Bist Doab canal concrete lining project worth Rs 150 crore completed to facilitate the farming community, and to save the depleting ground water. Earlier, MLA Hardev Singh Laddi assured the Chief Minister that he would make all-out efforts for the development of the constituency and the welfare of people. He demanded setting up of a potato processing unit near Malsian to boost the interests of the potato farmers.