EcoSikh, an NGO working for environment campaign, will launch an international campaign for Eco-Amritsar 2017, a five-year plan to mark city's 440th anniversary with the goal of making it eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.
The launch would take place on June 30 in Amritsar and 150 leading personalities, including SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and Punjab revenue minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia, are expected to attend the event which is also the third anniversary celebration of EcoSikh.
Guru Ram Dass, 4th Sikh Guru, founded the city in 1577. SGPC and Punjab government had celebrated the 400th anniversary of the city in October 1977.
EcoSikh president Rajwant Singh yesterday said the organisation has invited DC Amritsar and heads of religious bodies, educational institutions, hospitals, industries, NGOs, shopping malls and students groups of the city to join the campaign.
Many will announce their own individual plans for next five years as the pressure on city's natural resources has increased with the surge of pilgrims in the recent times.
He added, "EcoSikh is envisioning a six-point programme. It is proposing that various sections of civil society and the administration in Amritsar make commitments towards sustainable infrastructure, conserving water,
recycling and better waste management, alternate energy usage, introducing public transport, increasing green cover and open spaces, and also sharing information on greening strategies."
"Amritsar, being a pilgrim city can encourage devotees to be respectful towards nature throughout their pilgrimage by minimising waste, hence they will go home with a constructive message," he said.
Ravneet Singh, India project manager of EcoSikh, said, "Many other pilgrim cities across the globe including Jerusalem have pledged to go green and are planning to take concrete actions."
"We feel Amritsar could be leading pilgrim city to take steps towards sustainability. We can spend money to save resources now, before it is too late." He further added.