Punjab to approach Centre for Central University

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Bhatinda, Oct 1 (UNI) The Punjab Government will soon establish a Central University with the assistance of Union Government to impart higher education in Malwa region.

This University will be set up on 500 acres of land, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal said while addressing a media conference here today.

He said that the government would honour the states hockey and cricket players who had brought laurels to the country. A state of art institute of sports would also be set up to train sportspersons, he added.

He further said that a special project of upgradation of infrastructure in terms of water supply and sewerage facilities in the districts of Bhatinda, Faridkot and Muktsar at a cost of Rs 500 crore would be executed soon. In order to renovate the existing old canal system, the Punjab government would soon spend Rs 1,500 crore to remodel the water courses and channels to enhance their intake capacity.

As a part of this programme 28 new canal distributaries would be constructed to ensure uninterrupted and regular supply of irrigation water in the remote areas of Malwa belt, he added.

He pointed out that the centre had sanctioned Rs 100 crore to the Punjab Government for the development of slum areas. He also stated that a master plan was being prepared for the overall development of 44 towns of the state to ensure regulated and planned growth.

Referring to the development projects being undertaken in the Bathinda district, Mr Badal said that a cricket stadium of international standard would be soon setup here and this had been cleared by the government. The foundation stone of this stadium would be laid by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

He further said that a bye-pass would be constructed on the Malout-Badal road, besides a new bus stand with ultra modern facilities would be constructed at Bathinda. He disclosed that the lake alongside the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant at Bathinda would be developed into an attractive tourists spot.

Mr Badal also pointed out that a super specially hospital would be opened here for the treatment of complicated and chronic diseases. A flying club would also be set up at Talwandi Sabo to impart training to the youth.

Keeping in view the spurt in economic activity in and around Bathinda following the clearnce to the Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinery, Mr Badal said that a domestic airport would also be set up here.


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