Jalandhar:  In a bid to improve financial condition of the five municipal corporations, the Punjab government is going to grant Rs 50 crore each to the municipalities and has asked to complete the developmental projects that were in limbo for a long time within six months.

Local bodies Minister Punjab Bhagat Chuni Lal on Wednesday held a meeting with the mayors and corporation commissioners of all the five municipalities in Chandigarh to discuss the current financial condition of the local bodies and measures to overcome the crisis.

While talking to Dainik Jagran here on Thursday, the local bodies minister said, “The state government has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 50 crore each to the municipalities. Besides, another Rs 900 crore will be allocated for providing safe drinking water facilities to the people in major cities like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bhatinda.”

He further said that the funds will be allocated to the municipalities in two phases. In the first phase, they will get Rs 25 crore each and the remaining amount will be granted in the second phase of the developmental projects.

Highlighting the poor condition of developmental projects in the state, Lal said, “Development projects in the state have witnessed a setback in the recent months. Several projects were stopped observing the assembly elections and later due to financial crunch these projects were not carried further.”

Earlier, the local body heads were asked to propose a rough estimate for the budget for these projects. Subsequently, the Corporation Commissioners sought grant of Rs 100 crore each from the government.

It is noteworthy, the state government has prepared a developmental plan worth Rs 8,563 crore. Several projects including proper sewage system, drinking water supply and providing other basic amenities to the people will be done in the region.

The minister further said that the developmental work will be carried in all the municipalities including legal and illegal areas. Construction of roads in these areas will be among the top most agenda.

Meanwhile, sources said that with the municipal corporation elections inching closer in the state, the SAD-BJP alliance government is leaving no stone unturned to woo the people.