On Independence Day, Minister announces over Rs.1,100 cr for water supply projects; UT and Mohali celebrate with fervor


Punjab Revenue, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Brahm Shankar Jimpa hoisted the national flag on the eve of Independence Day Monday at Shaheed Major Harminderpal Singh Government College Phase-6. Speaking on the occasion, he informed that the government is setting up new water supply projects worth Rs 1,100 crore in Anandpur Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Talwara, Ferozepur and Fazilka regions, which will provide drinking water without heavy metals to the population.

Jimpa said that the Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Maan is making sincere efforts and in the coming days Punjab will become the ruling state of the country.

During his address, he said that the contribution of Punjabis to the freedom of the country is the highest, almost 80%. He said the contribution of Bhai Ram Singh, Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai, Madan Lal Dhingar in the struggle for freedom.

He said that after the formation of the AAP government, 9,000 hectares of land had been liberated from illegal occupation so far. Along with this, the government has also taken a landmark decision to implement the One MP, One Pension Scheme which will save an estimated Rs 100 crore in five years, he said.

The government will open 122 additional service centers to provide people with the benefits of government services without any hassle. Jimpa said that while implementing e-governance, the government has introduced the e-stamp feature under which people will be able to get stamp papers online. He said the government would soon build 25,000 new houses and provide them at low cost to provide roofs for the weakest sections of society.

Mohali advisers unfurl the tricolor at the heart institute

Councilors of the Mohali Municipal Corporation, Kuldeep Kaur Dhanoa and Aruna Sharma, unfurled the national flag at the ACE Heart & Vascular Institute in Mohali (Sector 69) on Monday to mark the 75th Independence Day, as part of the celebrations in progress of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Addressing the gathering later, the institute’s director and chief interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist, Dr Puneet K Verma, said freedom should be cherished because “we got it after a long struggle”. The institute’s Director of Cardiac Surgery, Rana Sandip Singh, for his part, stressed the importance of efforts to eliminate heart disease through preventive pediatric and adult cardiac services using the most advanced technology. The Institute Administrator, Col. Barinder Singh, gave a vote of thanks to wrap up the event.

Celebrations in Chandigarh: Remembering those who sacrificed lives for freedom

Chandigarh: The UT administration celebrated 75 years of independence with patriotic fervor on Monday at Parade Ground, Chandigarh. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit was the chief guest and hoisted the national flag and inspected the honor guard. This was followed by a parade of various contingents of police officers and NCC cadets participating in the parade.

UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit during the Independence Day function at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh. (PhotoExpress)

Purohit addressed the audience recalling the sacrifices of many who gave their lives to achieve freedom. He praised the indomitable spirit of the city’s knowledgeable residents who are truly dedicated to its development. It awarded certificates of commendation to 31 employees from the Chandigarh administration and the general public for rendering outstanding services in the field of public services, art and culture, social services and sports. Two police officers also received the President’s Police Medal and 15 received the Administrator’s Police Medal for distinguished and meritorious service.

This year’s celebration included demonstrations by the Indian Air Force, Air Devils Skydiving Display Team. The sky above Chandigarh was covered with colorful parachutes piloted by eight Air Devils of the Indian Air Force, to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, 75 years of independence. The demonstration was led by Wing Commander Ankur Yadav who has over 300 jumps under his belt. The team jumped from the Indian Air Force Dornier plane at 8,000 feet.

Punjab Police received the overall best contingency award in the parade and the first prize in the Police Contingent category, second position was won by Chandigarh Police Female-I and Chandigarh Police-II came third. In the Home Guard/Fire Brigade/Civil Defense category, the first prize was won by Chandigarh Fire Services, the second position was won by Chandigarh Home Guard and Chandigarh Civil Defense came third.

Purohit hosted a galaxy of distinguished citizens of Punjab and Chandigarh on Monday during the “At Home” at Punjab Raj Bhavan. Purohit received a welcome ceremony by the police band with the national anthem. Guests included Haryana Governor Bhandaru Dattatreya, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, MP Raghav Chaddha, Chandigarh Mayor Sarabjit Kaur, the cabinet ministers of Punjab, as well as senior civil servants and police officers from Punjab and Chandigarh, among them the others.

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