Project reports of 7 towns approved: Kalia

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Chandigarh, Mar 8 (UNI) Punjab Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia today announced that Detailed Project Reports for seven towns of the state at the total cost of Rs 272 crore towards water supply, sewerage and sewage treatment plants have been approved under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).

The seven towns covered under the scheme are Ferozpur, Majitha, Malout, Pathankot, Patiala, Zirakpur and Bathinda.

He informed that apart from this the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at the estimated cost of Rs 621 crore for water supply, sewerage and sewage treatment plants in Faridkot, Muktsar, Jalandhar, Rajpura, Adampur, Dera Baba Nanak, Fatehgarh Churian, Kapurthala, Nakodar, Sunam and Nurmahal were in the advanced stage of being finalised and thereafter would be posted to Central government.

Mr Kalia informed that Water Supply Project for improvement and augmentation of water supply in Amritsar had been approved for Rs 19 crore and the Elevated Road Project for direct access to Harmandir Sahib for Rs 150 crore including, a project of Rs 360 crore for providing 100 per cent sewerage in the entire Amritsar city had also been approved, he said.

Mr Manoranjan Kalia stated that for the rehabilitation of slum dwellers, a Housing Project for construction of 32 dwelling units for economically weaker section was posed to Centre which had alreaday approved three slum clusters at the total cost of Rs 5.79 crore. Further, Housing project for construction of 4823 dwelling units for slum dwellers had been approved for four slum clusters in Ludhiana at the total cost of Rs 66.64 crore.

Under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP), Housing project for rehabilitation of 22 slums for constructing 1755 dwelling units has been approved for Rs 42.40 crore.

''On the insistence of the state government, SAS Nagar (Mohali) Urban Agglomerations consisting of Kharar, Kurali, Naya Gaon, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Banur have been included under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The Consultant has already been engaged by the Department of Local Government for preparation of City Development Plan for SAS Nagar,'' he said.

SAS Nagar (Mohali) has formulated project proposals worth Rs 360 crore for Urban Infrastructure Development which includes setting up of sewage treatment plants, Kajauli augmentation, solid waste treatment plant, multi-storied parking and widening of roads etc.

Mr Kalia informed that the Department had also formulated a Concept Note for availing World Bank Assistance for Urban Renewal of small and medium towns for Rs 927 crore.

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