Punjab Infrastructure Development Board will shortly take up new projects worth Rs 31, 248 crore under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode in Punjab.Altogether there are 62 projects, including five ambitious Expressways -- Mohali-Phagwara Expressway, Expressway around Mohali (Mohali-Banur-Baddi), Expressway for Amritsar Airport, Pathankot-Ajmer Expressway up to Punjab border and Ropar along Sidhwan Canal upto Ludhiana, managing director of Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said. The other PPP projects are two ring roads--Amritsar ring road to be laid at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore and Ludhiana ring road to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2,300 crore.
The new projects also include six roads, Batala-Beas road at Rs 50 crore, Karatpur-Kapurthala-Nakodar road at Rs 70 crore, Amritsar-Sri Hargobindpur-Tanda road at Rs 80 crore, Sirhind-Morinda-Ropar road at Rs 60 crore, Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road at Rs 60 crore and Jagraon-Raikot-Malerkotla road at Rs 65 crore.
The PIDB has proposed two metro rail projects; one in Ludhiana at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore and the other in Amritsar, at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore. It also proposes to build three high-level bridges each costing Rs 50 crores over Sutlej Nakodar Makhu Ferozepur road, over bridge at Beas, linking Sultanpur Lodhi to Chola Sahib and a bridge at Chakki Nadi in place of Pontoon bridge.
The construction and upgradation of Mohali bus stand, new bus stand at Patiala and Bathinda has been pegged at Rs 150 crores each.
Chief general manager of PIDB, Gurpartap Singh Mann said mass rapid bus transport systems had been proposed in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar at Rs 15 crore while nine interstate check points would be taken up at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
The PIDB projects under PPP include Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences at Jalandhar at Rs 225 crore and superspeciality hospital in Mohali at Rs 200 crore besides Mohali would also get a sports complex at a cost of Rs 150 crore. The PPP projects also boast of Punjab Habitat Centre at Rs 200 crore, hotel cum recreational facility at Bathinda and multi-level parking at Bathinda at a cost of Rs 90 crore. Five star hotels will also come up in Amritsar and Mohali at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crores each.A proposal is also in place to set up an integrated multidimensional tourism project at Kurali in Ropar at a cost of Rs 100 crore and development of Bhootgarh complex with an investment of Rs 100 crore.Floating restaurant at Sirhind, Pinkasia Tourist Complex at Ropar, Neem Chameli Tourist Complex at Wagah will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 200 crore. The PPP initiatives at various stages also include development of off-port facilities at Wagah border with Pakistan.