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Amritsar civic body counters Navjot Singh Sidhu’s claim

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GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 27

The Amritsar MC authorities have countered Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's claims of his constituency being ignored.

Exactly a year after relinquishing the Punjab Cabinet, Sidhu wrote a letter to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh last week, in which he pointed out that work on five bridges, worth Rs 137 crore, in his constituency was hanging fire.

He wrote: "Nothing has moved in my constituency since I resigned. Patiently waiting for over an year for these works to start, repeatedly enquiring from the DC and various departments, but these works exist only on paper."

He had complained that the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) had sanctioned various developmental works in his constituency and allotted Rs 13 crore, but these were "stalled" without informing him.

Defying the claim, AIT's Dinesh Bassi said: "I think Sidhu saheb seldom visits his constituency personally and relies more on the erroneous feedback he receives. I have mailed his office the status of development works of his constituency."

Following Sidhu's complaint letter, Bassi was called by the Secretary, Local Bodies, to inquire about the projects going on in the Amritsar East constituency. He said works worth Rs 13 crore were executed with endorsement from the area councillors concerned.

"I submitted the details about the extension of Bhandari Bridge with a parallel additional bridge, which is under progress. Similarly, the 9.5-m Vallah road overbridge is 40 per cent complete and the deadline has been set for March 2021. For the road under bridge project on Joda Phatak, the total payment of Rs 25.44 crore has already been made to the Railway Department. I have scheduled a meeting with the Railway Ministry shortly. The work on 22-No phatak, worth Rs 255.83 crore, is also being done. The only hitch is for another flyover on SSSS chowk, as the Archeological Survey of India has denied permission due to its close proximity to the historic Company Bagh," Bassi said.

from The Tribune

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