Even as local Akali leaders continued to blame local bodies minister Anil Joshi for ignoring the approach road to the Golden Temple, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced that the approach road would soon be “developed as the world’s best streets”.
Sukhbir’s announcement came after a powerpoint presentation on the project made to him by consultants.
The deputy CM said the 500-m stretch of the approach road — from Chowk Phuwara to the Golden Temple — would soon be developed as “the world’s best street”.
“The detailed project report on the development of the approach road is ready and work on it will commence by August after completing tendering and allocation formalities,” he added.
Claiming that the project would be completed within a year, the dy CM said at the Chowk Phuwara roundabout a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh atop a huge fountain would be built.
“The fountain will showcase cascading waterfall effect, water animations, computerised water show and will emerge as a ‘thing of beauty’ in the city. This will be complimented by the façade development and beautification of the earmarked stretch,” he added.
To add magnificence of the street, Sukhbir suggested the consultants that the pathway should be well lit up and information kiosks displaying weather information, electronic signage and tastefully chosen streetlights would be installed.
Moreover, statues of Punjab stalwarts would also be installed on suitable spots, the dy CM claimed.
A press release claimed, “Another main highlight of this prestigious project is transformation of the façade of Saragarhi parking area into an electronic façade signage equipped with LED screens. A food court will also be developed opposite Dharm Singh market. Along with the project, the beautification and transformation of the Town Hall building into a state museum will also commence.”
City to see big change
After taking stock of the ongoing projects in Amritsar, Sukhbir said, “The holy city would witness a radical change in a year, as all projects related to 100% sewage and water supply, development of roads, flyovers and solid waste management would be accomplished in a comprehensive manner under the city Master Plan.”
In a bid to provide the historic city with a state-of-art convention centre, it was decided to expand and renovate Guru Nanak Auditorium near the Inter State Bus Terminal, he added.
Badal said the façade of buildings in the area, including Dharam Singh market, would be beautified under a uniform theme with red sandstone and would have uniform signage.
He added that ample plantation and sculptures related to the of heritage Punjab would be placed in front of Dharam Singh market, besides a tall sculpture related to the freedom struggle near the Jallianwala Bagh.