The Centre will initiate work on the infrastructure development of Sultanpur Lodhi as proposed by the Punjab Government at the earliest. The Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh called upon Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation with Independent Charge of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to press for early approval for the Rs 321 crore infrastructure development projects proposed by the state government for Sultanpur Lodhi town. The town holds historical significance due to its association with Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, whose 550th Prakash Purb is being celebrated this year. It is already instructed the department to immediate vet the proposals and secure the necessary approvals to start work on priority basis, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.
Captain Amarinder said Patiala, besides being an old heritage city and capital of the erstwhile PEPSU, had also been declared as Counter-Magnet Town to NCR by the NCR Planning Board. Strengthening infrastructure in all the Counter-Magnet towns would also help in reducing migration to Delhi. The Chief Minister also urged the Minister to approve early clearance for NCRPB loan for Patiala Nadi Hydrology project, for which the state government would soon submit a formal proposal. The Chief Minister also asked the Union Minister to consider the proposal to name Adampur Airport as Jalandhar Airport for easy booking of flights by tourists and NRIs. The Union Minister immediately instructed department officials to explore ways of making the change.