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Deol set to emulate Vinod Khanna as ‘bridgeman’

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Pathankot, September 9

Not long ago, when MP Sunny Deol was asked what plans he had to improve connectivity in his constituency where the topography is dominated by the Ravi, Ujh and Chakki rivers, his reply was, "I will cross the bridge when I come to it."

Now, 18 months into his term, the actor has kept his word. His predecessor Vinod Khanna had earned the sobriquet of 'Pul Wala Khanna' (Bridgeman Khanna) for having constructed several bridges. Deol is now all set to emulate him.

He has urged Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport Minister, to accord sanction and issue grants to build four major bridges. Officials say the blueprints have been submitted and the money will be given from the Central Road Fund (CRF).

The fund is a non-lapsable entity created under the CRF Act-2000 out of the tax imposed by the Union Government on the consumption of petrol and diesel to develop and maintain national highways, state roads and bridges, and Rs 20,000 crore is collected annually for it.

The MP has asked approval for overpasses on the Ravi near Makora Pattan, Barth Sahib, Kiri Pattan and Kathlu Khad at Lanzera village in the Dhar block. The Kiri Pattan project will ensure that the distance between Punjab and Jamp;K is reduced by 60 km.

The Mukerian and Kathlour bridges, both of which were Khanna's projects, substantially boosted the economic progress in the area. Similarly, Deol's ventures, too, will act as a catalyst in enhancing the social and financial prosperity of the area.

The MP's office said work would commence once the sanctions were received. "We intend to start work the moment funds are cleared," said one of his assistants.

from The Tribune

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