PIDB clears Rs 20,000 cr projects for Punjab

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Chandigarh, May 22 (UNI) Projects worth Rs 20,000 crore, including an eight-lane Pathankot-Ajmet Super-Express Highway, a luxury train encircling the entire religious artery of Punjab, eight-lane ring-roads and an IT Tower are some of the new landmark projects cleared by the Punjab Infra-structure Development Board (PIDB) here today.

The Board'S 22nd meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also approved, in principle, an infra-structure transformation outlay of additional Rs 35,000 crore that would provide Punjab with ultra-modern infrastructure facilities.

While the ambitious Eight-Lane Super-Express Highway plans to connect Pathankot with Ajmer via Jalandhar, a luxury train would link the entire religious artery covering Mohali, Patiala, Amritsar, Kangra and Anandpur Sahib.

However, the sprawling eight-lane ring-roads would come up around Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

The town of Mohali can look forward to transform into the World's new Silicon valley with projects like an IT Tower and a super express way connecting the Mohali International Airport with the holy city of Amritsar, by-passing Phagwara and Jalandhar.

''A globally structured Habitat Centre at Mohali is set to mark a new development signature in infrastructure history in sheer magnitude and architectural conception,'' the PIDB Managing Director, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said.

Releasing the details of the meeting, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Harcharan Bains said the Board also decided to undertake a special survey of the Kandi areas for undertaking development projects there.

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