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Mohali grabs its moment of ‘Progressive Punjab’

MOHALI: Even as the Punjab government boasted of infrastructure development inside the Indian School of Business (ISB) campus, the slow pace of progress outside stood out in stark contrast. The roads were still being spruced up for the high-profile investors’ summit which began here Monday.

To capitalize on the ‘Progressive Punjab’ brand, Mohali received its share of major upliftment for the two-day Progressive Punjab Investors’ summit.

Punjab’s maiden investor summit has already raised few eyebrows with the overnight construction of roads, streetlights and railings. As one entered the complex, the freshly carpeted roads had reflectors on either side. Standing outside the venue, a local resident claimed, “For us, this has been a blessing in disguise. Last-minute beautification of Mohali, and roads right in front of our house is a pleasant sight. Seven days ago, it was a different scene altogether. We had roads full of hawkers selling cigarettes. But, now because of the high-profiled event, they were asked to move.”

A daily-wage worker, Bharti Singh, 40, who was busy painting the railings, said, “Since December 2, we have been working day and night to spruce up the venue. We have heard that somebody is coming, but for us it is of no use.”

It is an irony that those who are actually working for ‘Progressive Punjab’ get little recognition or appreciation for their work. “Four year back, our jhuggis in Phase 1, Mohali, were demolished by the government without any prior notice and proper resettlement plan,” she added.

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