Ludhiana: The Punjab deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal will keep his date with city on Friday. From 11 am to 5 pm, he will be inaugurating several projects, interact with traders and meet local party leaders.
With an aim to modernise police force and to increase its operational capability for combating crime in urban areas of the state, Badal would be launching the second phase of this plan from Ludhiana on Friday. Under this plan, the state government had sanctioned funds amounting to Rs.10 crore for the purchase of 150 Maruti Ertiga vehicles. The Deputy CM would be launching these vehicles, out of which Police Commissionerate Ludhiana would get 50 Maruti Ertiga vehicles, Police Commissionerates of Amritsar and Jalandhar 30 vehicles each, SSP SAS Nagar 28 vehicles and SSP Bathinda would get 12 vehicles for city patrolling.
A spokesperson of the Punjab government informed that in order to instill a sense of confidence amongst the people and also to reduce the response time, it has been felt that intensive mobile patrolling should be carried out in rural as well as urban areas of Punjab.
In the first phase, the Punjab government had sanctioned funds amounting to Rs.15 crore for the purchase of 220 Mahindra Bolero vehicles and 400 Honda Unicorn Motorcycles for intensive patrolling in rural areas of the state under the banner of Rapid Rural Response Scheme and under this scheme, police assistance is made available to the remotest rural areas in less than 20 minutes. This scheme was launched from Jalandhar by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal on July 1, 2016.
The Spokesperson further stated that the Maruti Ertiga is a multi-utility vehicle which is adequately geared to meet the present day operational challenges confronting the Punjab police, especially in urban areas of the state. This vehicle is ideally suited to serve as chase vehicle and to match the high speed vehicles used by the modern day criminals and gangsters. These vehicles have been further modified by replacing the rear seats with a stretcher and a seat for attendant to fulfill the dual requirement of facilitating speedy evacuation of injured persons and also to provide first aid.
Meanwhile, the Deputy CM would also lay the foundation stone of Rs 92.70 crore water supply project under the AMRUT scheme, at a function to be held at Chandigarh Road, here. Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana (MCL) would be the first MC of the state and possibly the first in the country that would start the work on a project under AMRUT scheme. Under this project, around 46,000 households in 25 wards of the city would get water supply through 322 kilometers long water supply line. The officials have proposed the construction of 32 tubewells for supplying water in localities while 28 overhead water tanks for storage of water. Total cost of this project is Rs.92.70 crore, but in the first phase, works amounting to Rs.72 crore would take place and the construction of OSHR would take place later on.
Badal would also be having a series of meetings with various associations of traders and industries in different parts of the city. He would also give a presentation for the industrialists and traders at a city hotel.
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