SAMBA: Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga today kick started blacktopping work on 7 km Abtal to Baba Chamliyal road ahead of the annual mela held every year at the historical shrine situated on India and Pakistan International Border in Samba district.
The work involving a cost of Rs 2.80 crore has been taken up to provide smooth access to the devotees during the annual mela scheduled on June 22, 2017.
The Minister also inaugurated tile laying work in the premises of Baba Chamliyal shrine which would be completed at a cost of Rs 2 lakh.
The Minister, while speaking on the occasion, said that development of rural and far-off pockets is the top priority of the government. He asked the executing agencies to redouble the efforts to complete the work by 15th June for the convenience of the devotees who come in large numbers to pay obeisance during the mela at the border shrine.
The Minister said that government was keen to promote border tourism and Baba Chamliyal shrine provides a great potential to attract pilgrim tourists to the area. “In the run up government is creating adequate infrastructure including better road connectivity to attract the tourists” he said.