Garbage dumps at Lawrence Road shopping complex

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 21:30 IST

It's been more than two months since some shopkeepers of the Nehru shopping complex, Lawrence Road, approached the Amritsar improvement trust and gave a representation on the problems being faced by the complex, including filthy conditions. But the oral and written submissions by the shopkeepers have gone in vain.

The complex, which is built on the posh Lawrence Road, is a complete picture of neglect and is in a pathetic condition, mocking at the much-hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan of the government.

These shopkeepers have repeatedly asked for cleanliness in the area as there are huge garbage dumps in the middle of the parking lot as well as inside the complex. The staircases present an eyesore sight.
There are no dustbins in the market, giving the callous people of the city another reason to spread filth all around.

Amritsar is one city where not only the authorities but also the localities are to be blamed for this mess.

The shopping complex presents a shameful sight with garbage heaps in the parking area due to which cars cannot be parked properly which leads to chaos there.

The Amritsar improvement trust that developed this project has been on the receiving end for years, but the face of this complex which houses hundreds of commercial establishments has not changed. Civic authorities in Amritsar have never bothered to send trolleys to pick this litter scattered all over.

The staircases and corridors present a horrible sight. Stray dogs have become a menace, with their stools littered in the stairs and corridors.


I will ensure that dustbins would be placed in the market in a day or two, but shopkeepers and customers should also utilise the facility rightly.I would pull up sweepers so that they keep the corridors, staircases and washrooms clean.

Municipal corporation is to be blamed for the garbage heaps.The mayor should take interest personally, only the conditions would improve there. I would visit the market and meet the association concerned to resolve their problems soon.

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