Puri assures Punjab CM of early commencement of Sultanpur Lodhi infra development works


Agencies, New Delhi Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assured Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday that the Centre will initiate work on the infrastructure development of Sultanpur Lodhi, as proposed by the state government, at the earliest. The Chief Minister had called on the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation with Independent Charge of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs here, to press for early approval for the Rs 321 crore infrastructure development project. The town holds historical significance, due to its association with Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, whose 550th Prakash Purb is being celebrated this year. The Union Minister said that he had already instructed the department to immediate send the proposals and secure the necessary approvals to start work on priority, an official Spokesperson said here, after the meeting. To the Chief Minister’s request for inclusion of three Municipal Corporation towns of Patiala, Bathinda and SAS Nagar in Smart Cities project, being assisted by the Union Government on a sharing basis, Mr Puri assured to consider the same, as and when the project is expanded, to cover new cities. Mr Puri said he was committed to helping Punjab in any way he could and would look into the demands of the state. He later told mediapersons that he would ensure maximum flights from Punjab, to cater to the demand for global travel. The Chief Minister said in response to media queries after the meeting, the Union Minister had promised to look into the state’s demands, related to urban development and aviation.