Chandigarh: In order to ensure the holistic development of the heritage city of Patiala, on Wednesday the chief secretary, Vini Mahajan, instructed the departments concerned to accelerate and timely complete all ongoing development projects and asked the deputy commissioner to personally monitor the progress of all projects.

The chief secretary chaired a meeting with administrative secretaries and county government officials to review the progress of various ongoing development projects in Patiala and said 24.6 acres of land was acquired for construction of waterworks in Ablowal, around the clock surface-based water supply to quench the thirst of the Patiala residents in the first phase. The project will cost 503 billion rupees including operation and maintenance for 10 years.

The Badi Nadi and Chhoti Nadi rejuvenation project was carried out at a cost of Rs 208.33 billion to further enhance the beauty of the royal city, the chief secretary said, instructing the officials concerned to complete the project by next October .

The construction work for the Heritage Street project around Qila Mubarak was carried out on a war basis. The project, which costs 43.63 billion rupees, includes the underground laying of all HT and LT power supply cables as well as the laying of the 2 km long stretch of red granite stone. In addition, compact transformer transformers are installed to save space, steel plates enhance the facade and signs are attached for narration and orientation. In addition, works of art, sculptures and artistic street lights will be installed to beautify the monument of national importance, alongside the installation of surveillance cameras and the construction of a small open-air amphitheater.

The deputy commissioner informed the chief secretary that work to relocate dairies out of town with modern conveniences was in full swing. Of the total of 132 parcels, 115 have already been awarded to all interested dairy owners in the first phase.

The Chief Secretary asked the DC to meet the September 30 deadline for moving the dairies to the designated location of the dairy project.

The Secretary General also asked the Transportation Department to complete work on the main building by November.

Main Secretary Transport K Siva Prasad informed the Main Secretary that the work on the workshop will be completed by March next year, while the external work on the public health project has started after the allocation on June 7th.

A dedicated senior engineer has been appointed to oversee the work on the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports University project and administrative clearance has been granted for the Rs 53 billion work.

Ms. Mahajan directed the finance department to release the remaining funds required to ensure the timely execution.

Sanjay Kumar announced to the Chief Secretary that Mohindra Kothi’s renovation and relocation of the medal gallery will be completed by September 30th.

The main secretary of the local government, Ajoy Kumar Sinha, informed the meeting that the work on the biological disposal of waste in the city is progressing well and that three special machines of different sizes have been installed for this purpose. The entire waste disposal site is provided with a boundary wall made of composite panels. To date, waste has been reduced to 2.5 lakh tons by 55 percent of its volume.

The chief secretary asked the department to complete the project by December.

The progress of the mobility plan for bus stops, various development work at Rajindra Hospital and the rehabilitation of urban slums under the Basera program were also reviewed.

Chief Secretary Tejveer Singh’s Chief Secretary ACS-cum-CMD PSPCL A. Venu Prasad, Chief Secretaries KAP Sinha (Finance), Vikas Pratap (PWD), Alok Shekhar (Industries) and Raj Kamal Chaudhuri (Planning) also attended the meeting part.

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