Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, February 22
Three development projects, worth Rs 64.6 crore, under the Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) programmes, launched here today.
The mega projects, which were aimed at ushering in a new era of world-class infrastructure in the industrial hub of the state, are part of the Rs 1,078-crore municipal projects for the state launched by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh through video-conferencing.
In Ludhiana, the virtual launch ceremony was presided over by Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu.
The projects included the establishment of Municipal Corporation control centre and the augmentation of Ludhiana Safe City project worth Rs 35.96 crore, beautification and refurbishment of Mini Rose Garden at the cost of Rs 3.48 crore in Ludhiana and 29 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP), worth Rs 25.16 crore, which has already come up in Khanna.
Ashu said 1,442 CCTV cameras had already been functioning in the city under the Ludhiana Safe City project, while 300 more such surveillance cameras would be installed at garbage dumping sites, critical and vantage points in the city, STPs and along the Buddha nullah, besides 30 vehicle-mounted camera systems and 600 external IR illuminators with 200-m range for better monitoring during zero visibility would be installed for municipal monitoring of encroachments and garbage dumps in the city. The project would be completed within the next six months.
The minister said under the beautification and refurbishment of the Mini Rose Garden project, the work of soft-scaping, plantation, grass, amphitheatre, fountains, badminton court, pergolas, canopy, kids play, open gym and other areas would be carried out in the next 12 months at the cost of Rs 3.48 crore.
However, the work on 29 MLD capacity STP had been completed under the AMRUT project in Khanna.
Ashu said the Punjab Government was making concerted efforts for the all-round development of Ludhiana and these key projects would pave the way for the transformation of urban living here.He directed the officials to give priority to the timely completion of these projects so that the people could take their benefit.
The launch ceremony was held simultaneously in several locations of the district in which a large number of municipal councillors and prominent residents of the several areas took part.
MLA Surinder Dawar, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal were present on the occasion.
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