The district administration is giving the city a cleanliness makeover, two days ahead of union finance minister Arun Jaitley's visit to inaugurate various schemes and address a rally at the Ranjit Avenue area.
Jaitley, along with urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, visits Amritsar on July 14 (Tuesday).
The city, which in normal days, struggles to maintain its garbage dump, is witnessing a complete turnaround, especially in the Civil Lines area, is seeing road berms being painted and the garbage dumps that dot the sides of the road have been lifted.
Almost every top officer of the civil and the police administration has been visiting the rally venue in Ranjit Nagar to look into the arrangements with major thrust being given to cleanliness in that area and also the approach roads.
A number of workers have been put on the job with the footpaths and dividers on the roads around the rally venue also being painted afresh.
BJP leaders also check on preparations
Leaders from the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are also making repeated visits to the rally venue and checking on preparations.
Even as the Ranjit Avenue has been given a facelift, the boundary wall of the Ram Bagh Gardens is also being painted.
This venue is to hold a function organized the Punjab government on Monday.
With the visit seen as an important event for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP, flags have also been pitched in at several places to mark the minister's visit.
Notably, Jaitley who lost the Lok Sabha poll from Amritsar in 2014 to Congress' Captain Amarinder Singh will be arriving in Amritsar for the first big function and this will also be his first public address after the defeat.
Jaitley, along with Naidu, will be launching various schemes and will also be inaugurating a drug rehabilitation centre. Amritsar is also likely to receive a grant under the Heritage Project scheme.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal told HT, "The administration is working to make successful arrangements for the high-profile function. We are expecting a gathering of around 20,000 people. The union minister will also inaugurate a drug rehabilitation centre and pay obeisance at Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir during his visit to the holy city."
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and other state cabinet ministers will also be arriving in the city for the function.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said, "We expect various projects for Amritsar and all the leaders of the local BJP unit are geared up to give a grand and warm welcome to Jaitley."
Projects to be launched by Jaitley
" Jaitley, along with urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, will be launching various schemes and will also be inaugurating a drug rehabilitation centre.
" Amritsar is also likely to receive a grant under the Heritage Project scheme.