Punjab govt gives nod; Sukhbir Badal asks GMADA to hand over parks to MC,reviews development projects
In order to create better road infrastructure in Mohali,the Punjab government has approved road projects worth Rs 555 crore for the city. The work on these five major internal and outer roads of Mohali will begin soon. The new roads to come up here included 200-metre-wide road from Sector 73-74 to NH-21 at Rs 75 crore,200-metre-wide vertical grid road from Sector 80-81 to Kharar-Banur Road at Rs 150 crore,100-metre-wide vertical road from Sector 79-80 to Kharar-Banur Road at Rs 60 crore,200-metre-wide road connecting NH-64 with NH-22 at Rs 235 crore,widening of road from Diplast Chowk to end of Sector 74-75 junction at Rs 20 crore) and widening of road from Kumbra Chowk to PCL Chowk at Rs 20 crore.
The projects were cleared at a high-level meeting,chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal,to review the ongoing major development projects in Mohali this evening. Taking serious note of the poor maintenance of neighbourhood parks besides lack of landscaping of the green belts in Mohali,Sukhbir asked Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to hand over the maintenance of all Mohali parks to Municipal Corporation,which would invite tenders to get these parks maintained for next ten years by a private landscaping company. He sanctioned Rs 10 crore for neighbourhood park project and wanted the landscaping of parks to begin by February end.
Asking Secretary,Housing and Urban Development (SHUD),Dr SS Sandhu to find a permanent solution to the bottleneck of traffic in Kharar,Deputy CM directed to expedite work on Mohali-Kharar bypass from Sector 56-A to NH-95 to be constructed at estimated cost of Rs 250 crore. He also directed to begin work on 200-metre-wide road connecting NH-21 to Sector 73-74 costing Rs 145 crore.
Expressing concern over slow progress of work on 300-metre-wide Aerocity road connecting upcoming international airport and being constructed at the cost of Rs 195 crore,Sukhbir asked GMADA to expedite work on road connecting Mohali with international airport at the cost of Rs 267 crore. He also desired to expedite work on 200-metre-wide Mullanpur road from Chandigarh-Punjab border being constructed at Rs 290 crore.
Emphasizing on giving a new look to Mohali,Deputy CM asked GMADA to provide reflectors at all sector dividing roads in Mohali besides proper signage. Sukhbir said he would soon meet Union Railways Minister to seek early clearance of a high-level bridge on railway line connecting Knowledge City. GMADA Chief Administrator (CA) Vivek Pratap Singh informed that tenders for widening of road from UT-Mohali boundary to Diplast chowk at Rs 5 crore and road from PCL Chowk to cremation ground at Rs 8.5 crore have already been floated and work would start within a month.
To solve the chronic problem of water shortage,Deputy CM constituted a committee,headed by SHUD,to regularly monitor the progress of Rs 360 crore Kajauli Phase V and VI waterworks project to bring 40 MGD of potable water to Mohali. Deputy CM asked SHUD to expedite laying of services for Aerocity,Mullanpur Phase-I,II,IT and Knowledge Park,Green Mohali and Medicity in Mullanpur.
Sukhbir sanctioned Rs 192 crore for providing cent percent sewerage and water supply in satellite towns of Mohali including Kurali,Dera Bassi,Lalru,Kharar,Banur,Zirakpur and also Sohana,Mauli Baidwan,Chilla,Lakhnour,Chachumajra,Bakarpur,Madanpura,Kambali and Kumbra villages. He desired to ensure the time-bound completion of these projects within six months.
It was informed in the meeting that 10 MGD capacity Sewerage Treatment Plant being constructed at Rs 37 crore was nearing completion in Mohali and GMADA has planned six more STPs for Local Planning Areas of Mullanpur,Kharar,Banur,Dera Bassi and Zirakpur.
Deputy CM asked GMADA to link the sewerage network of villages of Mohali to the main STP. It was informed in the meeting that during last four years,major development projects worth Rs 193.12 crore were completed while work on another projects worth Rs 2200 crore was in progress.