Congress councilor Sushil Rinku, who is one of the strong ticket contenders from Jalandhar West (reserve) urban constituency, was surprised when the seniormost leader of Punjab, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh, made a stopover to support a protest being organised by Rinku against the scrapping of Jalandhar-Kapurthala four-laning project.
The Congress councilor, accompanied by other leaders, party workers and local residents, staged a protest against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for scrapping the project, the foundation stone of which was laid with much fanfare by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Amarinder, who was on his way to Khadoor Sahib to participate in a political conference, stopped for some time and addressed the protesting Congress leaders and workers. He said Badals were known for deceiving people. “Badal itself means deception. After coming to power, we would construct this road on priority basis,” he said. He added: “Badals lay foundation stones of projects but forget their completion. They subject people to huge inconvenience due to incomplete projects,” he said.
The Jalandhar-Kapurthala stretch from Bist Canal towards Kapurthala was dug up for the past two years in the name of development. The road is much-needed for the hundreds of industrial units located on its sides. It is also an important link to various historical and religious places.
PIDB okays Rs 8 crore for project In another development Wednesday, the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) approved a Rs 8-crore project under the Rural and Urban Mission 2016. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Girish Dayalan, received a letter from PIDB, approving the four -laning project of NH 703 A. Rs 2 crore has been released to the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar to start work on the project.