Base of the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) is all set to be shifted to a new building, construction of which is about to be completed near the office of Amritsar Improvement Trust at Ranjit Avenue locality, which is a posh area.
At present, office of the Amritsar municipal corporation is housed in the 150-year old Town Hall building. As this building, which is recognised as heritage building, is in poor condition, need of a new one had been realised few years ago.
Now, this old one is being converted into a museum to be based on India-Pak partition and for the MC, the new building is being constructed as per agreement signed between the Amritsar MC and the Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB). Construction of the new building is on since April 2014 under the PHTPB. After completion, it will hand over the new building to the MC and take over the old building in order to renovate and preserve it for tourism purpose.
AR Mishra, project manager of the PHTPB, told HT that structural work had been completed, while finishing work is on. He asserted that the building is one of the most beautiful buildings of the holy city as only 33 per cent of the total area which is two acres, has been covered for the building and rest of the portion will be used for landscaping, which will make the complex more attractive.
“Parking will be in its basement. Architecture of the building has been prepared by the architecture department of Guru Nanak Dev University here,” he said, adding, “The construction worth ` 28 crore would be completed till the end of April this year and most probably the building would be handed over to the MC till April 30.”
ALL FACILITIES UNDER ONE ROOF
Amritsar mayor Bakhshi Ram Arora said all the facilities will be provided to the people under single roof in this four-storey building in order to prevent difficulties being faced by them under present arrangements. Different offices will be established in a manner that nobody faces any inconvenience, he assured.
Reacting on the objections raised by a section of the residents that they would face problem as the new office would be at “far distant” place, he said similar objections were raised by some residents when office of the improvement trust was shifted to this area from Sheran Wala Gate locality sometime ago.
“It is wrongly said that Ranjit Avenue is distant. This locality falls in the city and the urbanisation is being extended to that side. Secondly, the shifting of the building will benefit the people as they will have better facilities at new premises particularly, they will not have to face problem of parking,” he added.