State government’s Tourism Department is all set to launch its various projects on the occasion of Punjab Day in November this year. The move is significant as the projects are awaiting their completion after missing various deadlines. On the occasion of Punjab Day on November 3, the state government is set to dedicate its ambitious projects to the general public during a ceremony to be held in Amritsar. Sources said, the Tourism Department after finding a green signal from Chief Minister’s Office is preparing a roadmap to make it a reality. During the function, launching of war memorial at Attari Road, Heritage Village and Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) will be the main highlights. Also, the double-decker buses will be made available to the public.
Spread over seven acres, near India Gate, Attari Road, the war memorial is coming up at a cost of Rs 86 crore. The memorial will have a 45-metre high stainless steel sword at the centre of it, representing strength and courage in people of Punjab while defending the nation in the hour of need. This iconic structure will stand atop a platform surrounded by a water body. “Names of martyrs will also be inscribed on the memorial that will have a circular path around it. The memorial will be built at an elevation of 12 feet,” said an official.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had inspected various development projects, including the BRTS. While giving instructions, he had asked the authorities concerned to finish the project by July. Officials involved in construction of the BRTS project said they were facing some problems regarding removal of several government and non-government structures.With a total length of 30.73 km, the BRTS project aims to provide mass transport to residents of the border city, besides reducing traffic mess and other bottlenecks.
Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) outsourced the construction work for the BRTS project to a private firm while the PWD (B&R) was made the executing agency.Similarly, state government’s another ambitious Heritage Village project ‘Sada Pind’ will be made fully operational for public.
The state tourism department, which is the guardian of the project, had set August 24 as deadline but after the private player’s request two days back it has been delayed till October end. Likewise, tourism department’s plan to introduce five hop-on-hop-off double decker buses will see light of the day.
Speaking to Daily Post, Punjab Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said that they are running from pillar to post for the completion of these projects and Punjab Day is an ideal occasion for the formal launch. “Being a holy city, Amritsar, is an ideal destination to hold such a function and most of the projects are in final stage in the vicinity of holy city,” said the minister.
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