Holy city of Amritsar to get BRTS, cabinet clears proposal

August 04, 2015 12:34 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet  gave green signal to introduce “Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS)” within the limits of Municipal Corporation Amritsar for the convenience of general public and reduce the unnecessary congestion of motor vehicles and vehicles pollution. This BRTS would be operated on a different Track and route which would be closed corridor, on which only BRTS would be operated.

The State Transport Commissioner, Punjab would grant the stage carriage permits for this BRTS. In first phase, BRTS would be started on India gate-Daburji bye pass, India gate- Verka Canal and Daburji bye pass to Verka Canal route. As many as 93 buses would ply on these new sanctioned routes for this purpose.

The Cabinet also approved amending the Punjab State Commission for NRIs Act, 2011, which stipulates that NRIs who have acquired foreign citizenship, but were Indians belonging to Punjab could be appointed as honorary member of Punjab State Commission for NRIs as per Punjab state Commission for NRIs Act, 2011.

In order to ensure better security in the jails for preventing any sort of untoward incident besides running the administration effectively, the Cabinet also gave approval to revive and fill up the 29 vacant posts of Assistant Superintendent Jails in the Department of Home (Jails).

In a move aimed at rejuvenation of the canals in the state, the Cabinet also gave nod for transferring 15.23 acre of the surplus land of Dashmesh Canal falling in the industrial zone to Industries and Commerce department for selling industrial plots whereas 104.86 acre land would be transferred to GMADA for residential plots.

The Cabinet also amended the policy for the allotment of plots to the IT, ITES, Biotechnology (Non-Polluting Branches) and Technology based Non-Polluting/Research & Development facilities. The Policy has been amended in view of the request of mass applicants by relaxing the eligibility conditions. Giving more period of completion of buildings etc.

In order to enable a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to be elected as Chairperson of the Punjab Waqf Board, the Cabinet also gave nod for amending clause (e) of section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualifications) Act, 1952.
In a move aimed at facilitating the people besides ensuring fast development of the area, the Cabinet also gave nod for creation of new block Maloud in Ludhiana district.

The Cabinet also gave nod for revival of 30 posts of Junior Engineers in the department of Rural Development and Panchayats besides taking these posts out of the preview of Punjab Public Service Commission/ Subordinate Services Selection Board to enable the department to fill the said posts through conducting a test by engaging the services of Punjab University, Chandigarh.

The Cabinet also gave approval for amending Punjab State Women Commission Act, 2001 and amendment Act 2014 to increase its existing strength of its member from 5 to 10. Likewise, the Cabinet also gave nod to appoint an additional member in VAT Tribunal besides enhancing the strength of SC Commission to total 10 including Vice Chairman and Right to Service Commission also to 10.
To ensure proper maintenance of several heritage memorials, Projects and commemorative plaques constructed for preserving the rich heritage of the state, the Cabinet also gave concurrence to incur this amount from cultural cess by inserting clause “and operation, maintenance of heritage memorial/ projects and memorials” in sub section B section 7 of Punjab Ancient, Historical Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Cultural Heritage Maintenance Board Act, 2013.

In order to streamline the process of granting parole to prisoners in the jails of the state, the Cabinet also gave nod for amending Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act, 1962. Apart from bringing uniformity in the cases of prisoners this move would also improve the facility of parole granted to prisoners on different occasions.

The Cabinet also approved the purchase of 60 acres of land by PUDA for handing over to the state government for the IIM at Amritsar at a cost of Rs 75 crore.

In another significant decision, the Cabinet also enhanced the amount given for tent/ Utensils/ Furniture and other things for SC Dharamshalas and other poor people from existing Rs 50,000 to as per the needs of the villagers under the Plan Scheme RDO (S)-3 (CD-2.32) of the Rural Development and Panchayats Department for strengthening of infrastructure and institutional works. This amount could be given only once in five years.

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