NEW DELHI

Punjab seeks more fund

Staff Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has sought an additional Rs. 1,000 crores from the Union Government for development and maintenance of strategically important border roads falling in the three border districts of Ferozepur, Amritsar and Gurdaspur in the State.

Quoting the State Minister for PWD (Bridges and Roads), Partap Singh Bajwa, an official on Saturday said that this `genuine demand' was raised in the National Development Council (NDC) meeting held in Delhi. The Minister was confident that the Centre would consider it sympathetically keeping in view the ground realities.

Mr. Bajwa pointed out that the State had one of the longest international borders of approximately 553 km with Pakistan. Various categories of roads in these areas, which aggregated nearly 20,000 km, were frequently used for army deployment during exercises or otherwise. "Such use puts heavy pressure on these roads which are normally repaired by the State Government at its own cost," he added.

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