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Rs 400-crore civic works on at Sultanpur Lodhi

Rs 400-crore civic works on at Sultanpur Lodhi

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Sultanpur Lodhi, June 9

Ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 12 this year, a spate of projects has begun in the holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi. The state government has already allocated nearly Rs 400 crore for various civic works, including sprucing up the bus stand, widening and strengthening of roads, construction of nine bridges and setting up three new rest houses here.

Falling in a remote location and having remained neglected all these years, the bus stand in the town was devoid of any platform and shed, which are now being constructed at a cost of Rs 6 crore. More buses will be started from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Sultanpur Lodhi in the coming days.

The existing railway station is set to be demolished and reconstructed to give it a heritage look at an additional cost of Rs 40 crore. The Railways has also decided that three special trains will be started thrice a week from Delhi to Sultanpur Lodhi to facilitate the devotees to reach the town from across the country and even abroad in the days to come. Three new underbridges, too, are coming across railway tracks around the railway station to ensure that the traffic movement remains uninterrupted. Almost all roads approaching Sultanpur Lodhi are being widened using berms and erecting walls on sides. The biggest reprieve for the residents of Sultanpur Lodhi is the ongoing construction of a concrete bridge to connect 16 villages of Baupur Mand. The pillars for the bridge have been erected in the Beas and a pre-fabricated span would be laid atop it with entire project coming up for nearly Rs 15 crore. It is set to be over in the next four months.

Two bridges in the town are also being constructed on the Bein to make the passages double when footfall increases. Two foot overbridges across the Bein are also set to be constructed on the back of Ber Sahib Gurdwara to allow access from the other side, too, and to allow devotees to use the banks on either side take a holy dip. The edges of the rivulet are being strengthened and a long walking track is being created.

Three new rest houses have come up in the town, the most high-tech being the one constructed by the Market Committee. The deadline of all civic works is September 30, says Sultanpur Lodhi Congress MLA Navtej Cheema.

Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar was in the town on Monday where he pulled up the officials of the Local Bodies Department for delaying beautification work in the town. The town is still devoid of any sewerage work, which should have been prioritised. An amount of Rs 7 crore has been allocated for STP, which has not been utilised. Earlier, PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, too, had reviewed civic works here.

Suresh Kumar said 280 acres had been taken on contract by the government to set up a tent city to accommodate the devotees. The state government and the SGPC had already paid compensation of Rs 48,000 per acre to the farmers for taking their land for the function. The tent city was likely to come up at a cost of Rs 50 crore. He added that nearly 30 acres more had been acquired across the Bein bridge, where the main pandal would be set up.

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