-7 new ROBs to be set up in Majha region
-Helpline to be launched for toll related complaints
Amritsar/ Chandigarh: Targeting resolution of traffic problems plaguing the State, the government has decided to construct 32 new Railway Over Bridges at an estimated cost of Rs.1350 crore.Coupled to eliminating the impedance at the railway crossings State would undertake repair and reconstruction of the rural link roads under various schemes, in the coming months, said Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, PWD Minister, Punjab while talking to media at the local Bachat Bhawan, Amritsar.
Accompanied by Local Government Minister Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Education and Environment Minister Mr. O P. Soni and MP S. Gurjit Singh Aujla, addressing the press conference, Singla said that “it is our responsibility to provide better roads; the roads which have not been repaired for more than 6 years or more will be repaired on a priority basis.” Talking about new railway bridges, he said that in the next one and a half years, 7 new railway overbridges would be set up in Majha region at an estimated cost of Rs 355 crore.
Mr. Singla said that with the efforts of the State government, it is for the first time that Punjab will get the highest share on the basis of the road length from the Pradhan Mantri Sarak Yojna and by contributing 40 per cent of the state’s share in the total expenditure of Rs. 2000 crore, all the link roads would be reconstructed.
He said that the government tightened the noose around the toll plaza companies straight after coming to power, resulting into extending of all the facilities on the roads by them and has reduced the traffic stagnation on toll plazas. He said that we are soon going to set up a Helpline for complaints related to toll plazas so that no one is harassed by them.
Appreciating Mr. Singla’s initiatives, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu informed that he has flagged the issue of the ring road for Amritsar and the PWD minister has assured that it would be completed soon. On this occasion, Mr. Gurjeet Singh Aujla apprised that he raised the issue of the reconstruction of some roads in the border belt and has been informed that on the behest of the elected representatives of Amritsar, the government has approved the construction of Amritsar- Ajnala, Ajnala-Chaugavan road and the construction bridge on Amritsar to Ramdas and Ramtirath bypass, an amount of Rs.20 crore will be released soon for the same, said Singla.