SULTANPUR LODHI/DERA BABA NANAK: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday laid the foundation stone of six projects worth over Rs 117 crore in Sultanpur Lodhi and Dera Baba Nanak—two towns associated with the life of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. The announcement was made on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs, who was born in 1469 in Nankana Sahib, now in Pakistan.

While the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 40.75 crore was laid in Sultanpur Lodhi, projects worth Rs 77 crore would be implemented in Dera Baba Nanak, a statement said.

After attending the function on the closing ceremony of the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Sultanpur Lodhi, Captain Amarinder Singh laid the foundations stones of the conservation of Qila Sarai Project at a cost of Rs 6.5 crore, Grid Tied Roof Top Solar Power Plant at Government Senior Secondary School at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore, Smart School for Rs 9.5 crore, Sewerage Treatment Plant worth Rs 20 crore, Sub Division Administrative Complex at a cost of Rs 3 crore, and Five Smart Aanganwari Centres at a cost of Rs 45 lakh. He also announced other projects at Sultanpur Lodhi during the 550th Prakash Purb.

Later, at Dera Baba Nanak, another historic town associated with the first Sikh Guru, the Chief Minister, accompanied by PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and MP Preneet Kaur, dedicated to the people all projects worth Rs 77 crore taken up in the 63 villages and 14 towns visited by Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.