October 25 is going be a Red letter day in the history of Patiala-Bittu
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
“Patiala MLA and chief minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh is going to add another development chapter in the history of Patiala, on October 25, 2020’ said Mayor Patiala, Sanjeev Sharma Bittu.
Bittu said “ Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress govt has already done so much for the residents of Patiala and again on October 25,2020, on the pious day of Vijaydsahmi Capt Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University permanent campus of 97 acres in Sidhuwal village, Patiala district adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, at 10 am in the morning.
Then he will lay the foundation day of a new bus stand, on Patiala Chandigarh road. On the same day he will lay the foundation stone of Heritage Street at Qila chowk. Finally he will lay a foundation stone of canal drinking water project at the office Municipal Corporation Patiala.”
He said “Patiala is indebted to its MP Preneet Kaur, Jay Inder Kaur for their tireless service to the residents of Patiala.”
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University is a residential and affiliating sports state university in Patiala, was announced by the Government of Punjab in June 2017.In July 2019 it was decided to name it after Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. It was established in August 2019 thorough The Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University Act, 2019and approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in September of that year. The university was started from a transit campus at Prof. Gursewak Singh Government College of Physical Education and Lt. Gen. Jagbir Singh Cheema (Retd.) was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor, of the university. Presently it is operating from Mohindra Kothi, Near Fountain Chowk, Patiala. The main goal of the sports university is to promote sports and physical education in the state.
New bus stand
Rs 65 crore Patiala interstate bus terminal (ISBT)-cum commercial complex is coming up at 8.5 acre land belonging to the Patiala Improvement Trust (PIT) on the Patiala-Chandigarh road. The new ISBT will be constructed on 6.25 acre, while the remaining 2.25 acre is reserved for construction of the PRTC complex, covering the office building, workshops and fuel station. The project was conceptualized in the previous tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh, in 2005 and it was decided to shift the bus stand to a new location on Patiala-Chandigarh road. Then SAD-BJP came into power and Punjab’s deputy CM Sukhbir Badal laid the foundation stone in 2009.But the party, who got the tender, didn’t came up and the project was stalled. Now, again the Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress govt reworked and got the project on track.
After much delayed, the dream project of Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh, the construction plan for converting roads in the periphery of the historic Qila Mubarak in Patiala into a heritage street, is going to happen. As per the plan, the roads leading to Qila Mubarak will be given a royal look for which, the administration has done extensive planning and has prepared a blueprint of the overall appearance of the heritage street, while keeping their original look intact. Under the project, the roads in periphery of the fort from the Samania Gate to Qila Mubarak Chowk till A Tank will be given a heritage look and all the shops, on both the sides will be of the same colour (of rising Sun) , with LED’s, having fountains at suitable points, sitting arrangements were also there in the heritage street. A heritage park will also be developed at ‘Shahi Samadhan’ and a century old overhead water reservoir in the area will be given a royal and antique touch. The total cost of the project is Rs 42 crore.
Canal drinking water project
Currently, water supply in Patiala is dependent on ground water extraction. The city faces water shortage in summers. The present supply water supply system is inadequate to meet the demand of water. To overcome this problem, Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC) has planned to switch over to surface water. Now, it’s dream project “canal-based water supply’ is coming up at village Ablowal, on Patiala-Nabha road, to ensure city residents to get clean water to drink. Under the project, water would be drawn from the Bhakra canal to a water works at Ablowal, where it will treated, before it is going to be supplied to the residents. This water works will work for 24X7.