With elections in mind, Badals throng infra project openings

Written by Charanjit Ahuja | Chandigarh | Updated: Feb 28 2009, 06:03am hrs
With an eye on the upcoming parliamentary elections, Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, and his son deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, are on foundation stone laying spree these days.

Promising to make the IT city of Mohali another Singapore of South East Asia, Sukhbir Badal recently initiated work on three major projects with a combined capital outlay of Rs 10,413 crore. He laid the foundation stones of what is touted to be countrys biggest Central Business District (Rs 10,000 crore) at sector 62, an air-conditioned bus terminal (Rs 300 crore) at sector 57, and a multi-specialty hospital (Rs 113 crore) on national highway 22.

On his part, Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the Rs 1,000-crore Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to be built over an area of 513 acres in Ropar.

He said while Punjab has an excellent infrastructure for technical education, the new IIT would give it an additional boost.

The dream project of Sukhbir Singh Badal, the central business district at sector 62, would be set up on a 250 acre plot. Planned and designed by Singapore government-owned city planning agency Jurong International, the business centre would attract an investment of Rs 10,000 crore. Badal said that this project would generate employment for 40,000 people.

He said about Rs 35 crore has already been spent on the construction of a six-lane highway giving smooth access to the biggest business district of India.

The business centre would have a business hub, shopping malls, a five star hotel, a theme park, a convention centre and an entertainment corner. Badal hopes that the central business district in Mohali and the Mohali airport, will secure a place for the city on the international tourism map.

The Rs 300-crore air conditioned bus terminal would be a 10-story complex with the provision of a helipad on its top floor. Set to be completed in 30 months under public-private partnership (PPP), this complex is being constructed by Gurgaon, Haryana, based civil construction company, C&C Constructions Ltd. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority would be paid Rs 57 crore by the company and the Punjab government stand to rake in Rs 3,445 crore during the lease term. This state-of-the-art bus terminal would provide airport-like facilities to commuters with electronic access control buses, smart card tolling system, escalators and elevators .

He informed that the super specialty hospital in the premises of the Civil Hospital, Mohali, is being set up by the Max Group under PPP at a cost of Rs 113 crore.

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Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the Rs 1,000-crore Indian Institute of Technology to be built over of 513 acre in Ropar

Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal recently initiated work on three major projects with a combined capital outlay of Rs 10,413 cr

The Rs 300-crore air conditioned bus terminal would be a 10-story complex with the provision of a helipad on its top floor. Set to be completed in 30 months under PPP, this complex is being constructed by Gurgaon, Haryana, based civil construction company, C&C Constructions Ltd