It's not only the urban areas in the holy city that are marred with pathetic civic conditions, the historic village of Sultanwind on its outskirts too is a perfect picture of mess and government apathy.
The village, which boasts of a glorious history of sending its men to the World War 1, is in a deplorable civic condition and it seems no politician has bothered to provide a helping hand to it.
A visit to the village shows the utter neglect it has been facing over the years. People are living in unhygienic conditions as there is no sewerage in this village and even the road which connects the village with the city is in a pathetic condition.
Garbage heaps and litter scattered at various places expose all the official claims on cleanliness. The situation is such that garbage heaps are even seen right outside the main gate of the Government Elementary Girls School.
Due to lack of sewerage in the village, the waste water cannot be carried to the fields, which has given birth to muddy and stinky ponds. Such ponds can be seen in various areas around the village, which is adversely affecting the fertility of the land.
Walking in the streets of the village is a tough task as they have open drains which are spreading stench and children playing in the streets are catching up various infections because of these unhygienic conditions.
The anguished residents allege that the Punjab government is a total failure on this front. Villagers complain that giving any special recognition to the village for its contribution in World War 1 is a distant thing, the government has failed to even keep this village clean.
Santokh Kaur, a resident of this village, said that open drains lead to infections. We have been requesting the authorities concerned, but no initiative has been taken as yet to ameliorate their woes.
I know the village is in a pathetic condition, but this area came under the Amritsar municipal corporation recently, so much work needs to be done. The state government has sanctioned `200 crore for this area.We will start the developmental works soon.
Bakshi Ram Arora, mayor
In this village, even the conditions outside the gurdwara are pathetic. There is a dirty pond situated on the backside that spreads stink, creating problem for the devotees who come here daily.
Amrik Singh, gurdwara sewadar
We are living in a hell as the water of drains accumulates outside our shops. During rainy season, the situation becomes even worse and customers cannot even step into our shops. We made numerous requests to authorities, but all in vain.
Gurpreet Singh, shopkeeper
Garbage heaps outside the girls school in the village are not only an eyesore but also a health hazard for the school-going children. This problem must must be resolved at the earliest.
Preetam Kaur, housewife