Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Sunday approved Rs 3,651 crore integrated development plan for industrial city Ludhiana and its adjoining areas.

In a high-level meeting in Chandigarh, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also tied up the financial resources for the ambitious urban development programme of Ludhiana and drew timelines for completion of every project, an official release said.

Ludhiana would be the first city in Punjab to get a multi-thousand crore integrated development plan, it said.

Badal directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities to also focus on slum and outer areas of the city.

The deputy chief minister was informed that Ludhiana city has 1,639 km of water distribution network with 779 tubewells and project was on to cover remaining 17 per cent city with water supply.

4,832 houses for urban poor constructed at the cost of Rs 113.53 crore have been completed and the allotment process would start soon, the release said.

Badal said that till Ludhiana gets quality mass transport system including Metro, the city road network would have to be upgraded for future challenges.

200 additional buses would be included in the present fleet of 30 buses, he said.


(Agencies)

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