Punjab govt clears link road upgradation plan

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Chandigarh, Jun 17 (UNI) The Punjab Government has cleared an ambitious Rs 1,225 crore plan for expanding and upgrading the link road network in the state and modernising the agricultural marketing infrastructure.

A decision to this effect was taken here today at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

According to the plan the existing link road network, measuring 7,200 km would be repaired at a cost of Rs 600 crore. In addition the government would construct 1,500 km new link roads at a cost of Rs 225 crore during the current financial year.

The Punjab Mandi Board has been asked to undertake the modernisation of agriculture marketing infrastructure throughout the state. The task would be completed within the next two years at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

A sum of Rs 75 crore has been earmarked to provide post harvest technology links, granting of power transmission lines, cooling and ripening chambers to ensure hassle free marketing of fruits and vegetables, apart from minimising the losses on account of transit of these perishables.

The Chief Minister also asked the Mandi Board to make the field engineering staff accountable for the quality of the road and timely implementation of the allotted works.

The meeting was attended by Media Advisor of the CM, Harcharan Bains, Financial Commissioner Development R S Sandhu, Vice Chancellor of PAU Ludhiana Dr M S Kang, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D S Guru, Secretary Mandi Board Dipinder Singh and Secretary Punjab State Rural Development Board Kulbir Singh.


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