Fulfilling its commitment to usher new era of infrastructure development in rural areas across district under smart village campaign phase-II, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu kick-started 3,201 development projects worth Rs 149.21 crore in Jalandhar’s 102 villages.
Participating in a video conference held at local district administrative complex to mark the virtual opening ceremony of smart village campaign phase-2 by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu accompanied by MLAs Pargat Singh, Rajinder Beri, Sushil Kumar Rinku, Avtar Singh Junior Bawa Henry, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, said these projects would act as catalyst to ensure holistic development of rural areas.
The minister said during the first phase of this scheme, the Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh led state government had incurred worth Rs 41.46 crore by ensuring development projects in 96 villages of the Jalandhar, however, in second phase as many as 3,201 development projects including up-gradation of road infrastructure, street light systems, lying of new sewage lines, setting up of Thapar model ponds, interlocking tiles, sheds in cremation grounds, solid waste management, disposal of sewage waste, construction of Panchayat Ghars, new playgrounds, community centre, and many more to be initiated soon.
He added that with an outlay of Rs 2,774 crore, the SVC aimed at proving cities like infrastructure to the rural areas so that people living in villages don't look upon cities for such facilities.
Ashu further added that eight villages of Jalandhar East block have been selected for the second phase, followed by nine villages in Bhogpur block, nine in Mehatpur, nine in Noormahal, nine in Phillaur, 10 in Nakodar, 10 in Lohian, 10 in Jalandhar west, 10 in Rurkan Jalan, 11 in Adampur, and 11villages in Shahkot blocks.
Giving more information, the minister said a sum of worth Rs 14.67 crore would be spent at development projects in Jalandhar east block. Similarly, Rs 25.26 crore to be spent in Jalandhar west, Rs 12.85 crore in Adampur, Rs 13.26 crore in Bhogpur, Rs 16.90 crore in Nakodar, Rs 18.56 crore in Phillaur, Rs 10.76 crore in Shahkot, Rs 10.23 crore in Noormahal, Rs 8.32 crore in Rurkan Kalan, Rs 10.55 crore in Lohain, and Rs 78.05 crore would be spent in Mehatpur block.
Meanwhile, Manko village Sarpanch Kamlesh Rani who spoke in Video Conference with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lauded the smart village scheme for all-around development of her village and thanked the government for ensuring better road network, sewage and street lighting facilities in the village with the grants worth Rs 35 lakh.