- Punjab CM Amarinder Singh released Rs. 211 crore for urban local bodies
- Punjab CM Amarinder Singh presented cheques worth Rs. 58 crore to 37 ULBs
- The funds are expected to boost water and sewerage works in the state
Chandigarh: To boost the development work in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today released Rs. 211 crore and presented cheques worth Rs. 58 crore to 37 urban local bodies (ULBs). Describing the money as a ‘social cheque’, the chief minister directed the ULBs to ensure that it is spent in a transparent manner. He also instructed the officials concerned to immediately start work on all pending development projects.
A spokesperson said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured that his government would ensure equitable expenditure, without indulging in any discrimination.
The chief minister said his government was in the process of arranging a loan of Rs. 1,540 crore for achieving 100 per cent coverage of the water supply and sewerage system in the areas under the urban local bodies.
The amount was expected to be released soon, he said, adding that the government was also expecting an additional grant of Rs. 34.91 crore to be released soon through Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB).
Speaking on the occasion, Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu thanked the chief minister for the release of the development project fund, which he described as Amarinder Singh’s Diwali gift to the people of Punjab.