Chandigarh, October 11 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that development of all pilgrimage sites located within a radius of 48 kos (miles) of Kurukshetra would be carried out. These would include Pandu Pindara of Jind and all pilgrimage sites of Kaithal. Possibilities of bringing Phalgu Tirath under the jurisdiction of Kurukshetra Development Board would also be explored.
The Chief Minister offered prayers during the fair organised at the famous Phalgu Tirath, village Pharal, in district Kaithal today.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that to facilitate the pilgrims who come to the fair, the Dhand-Pundri road would be widened to 10 meters at a cost of Rs 3 crore and central divider would be constructed and lights installed. Additionally, the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road and all roads connecting other districts across the State would be widened to 10 meters.
Interacting with media persons, the Chief Minister said that the Government had given a sum of Rs 4.26 crore for the development of Phalgu Tirath, which would be used to complete all essential works. A sum of Rs 54 lakh is also available for the fair, which would be used for development works.
He announced that the entire earning from the fair would be used to develop the streets of village Pharal and Phalgu Tirath. He also announced that a sum of Rs 25 lakh would be given for the reconstruction of the dilapidated building of the Primary Health Centre in the village and said that the Googa Maadi-Pharal-Karnal road would be widened to facilitate the pilgrims. He said that the Government would soon start work on the restoration of the Phalgu Shrine. Besides, the stadium in village Pharal would be converted to a gymnasium and facility of coach would be provided.
Replying to a question regarding increase in electricity tariffs in the State, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the tariffs were decided by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission. During the previous governments’ regime, the power corporations were burdened with debt to the tune of Rs 28 crore to Rs 30 crore. The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission has been asked by the Government to reconsider the hike in power tariffs. The final decision in this matter would be taken by the Commission.
The Chief Minister said that teachers were facing difficulties due to the irregularities in recruitment committed by the previous government. However, the present State Government would conduct recruitment on the basis of merit and the recruitment process of 12,000 teachers has already been started.
In response to another question, he said that the Health Department was taking all possible steps to prevent the spread of Dengue in the State.
Kurukshetra MP, Mr. Raj Kumar Saini, Pundri MLA Prof. Dinesh Kaushik, Guhla MLA Mr. Kulwant Bazigar, Deputy Commissioner Mr. K. Makrand Pandurang, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Krishan Murari and Fair Administrator, Mr. Jitendra Kumar were also present on the occasion.