Inaugurated on I-Day eve, Amritsar MC building at Ranjit Avenue still has pending works

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 14:47 IST
Works underway at the new MC building at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The much-hyped shifting of municipal corporation offices to the new building inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on the Independence Day eve is still on hold as its construction is still underway.

For the time being, the civic body continues to function from the Town Hall building that has to be converted into a heritage site.

Even after the inauguration, a number of works are still remaining at the new building. The premises and its surroundings still look like a construction site. While landscaping is underway in the outer area, rooms are being furnished inside the building. Electrical and fitting works, too, are yet to be completed.

Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB), which is responsible for the construction, has already missed many deadlines. Sources say the building will not be ready for at least another month.

Before the inauguration, the board reportedly sought another fortnight to complete the works.

In view of the state assembly elections, the government decided against postponing the programme and inaugurated various projects, including solid waste management and mechanical sweeping, on August 14.

Restoration work at Town Hall irks staff

With the delay in shifting of MC offices, work of the civic body is being affected. Restoration work is underway in half of the historical Town Building, which has housed the MC so far. Employees are finding it difficult to work with all the noise the ongoing works create. Also, visitors to MC offices are facing problem due to dust and lack of parking space owing to the beatification project in the vicinity.

Works yet to be completed

1) At present, landscaping is underway outside the building

2) Rooms are being furnished

3) Electrical, fitting works are yet to be completed

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