As the clock ticked 9.45 am, local politicians, the deputy commissioner, the police commissioner, GNDU V-C, university staff and students of various schools in the city took brooms in their hands to clean their surroundings as part of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on Thursday.
After taking an oath that they would keep their surroundings clean and ensure good civic conditions, many officers, staff, teachers, students and others were seen cleaning their respective places of work and the surrounding areas.
Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, who spent around two hours in the day at various police stations and chowkis, said, "We will ensure that on every Monday or the first working day of the week, the cops will undertake the cleanliness drive for two hours. It is very important and I will ensure that cops in Amritsar give their best".
Similarly, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat also participated in the cleanliness drive along with his staff. He also motivated the staff to ensure that the programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an impact and results in cleaner surroundings.
The staff of the Amritsar airport, led by director Suneel Dutt, were also seen cleaning up the terminal building and the surrounding areas.
Led by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) vice-chancellor, Prof AS Brar , the faculty members and the students also participated in the cleanliness drive on the university campus.
JOSHI MOTIVATES MC EMPLOYEES
Local bodies minister Anil Joshi, along with chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Navjot Kaur Sidhu, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora motivated the staff of the municipal corporation to make the drive successful.
Joshi, along with Dr Sidhu, was seen picking up plastic bottles scattered near the venue of the function. They also took a round of the corporation premises to see if the offices were cleaned.
The local BJP members were seen cleaning the Amritsar railway station.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES STUDENTS SHOW ZEAL
The local schools and colleges in Amritsar participated with zeal in the Prime Minister's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' on Thursday.
The staff and students of local DAV College, CKD Institute of Management, BBK DAV College, Saroop Rani Government College, Global Institutes, DAV Senior Secondary schools and various other educational institutes participated in the drive.
DIST SHOPPING COMPLEX REMAINS BLACK SPOT
The cleanliness drive launched in the city failed to make much of a difference to the prevailing pathetic condition at the district shopping complex of Ranjit Avenue. This complex is managed by the Amritsar improvement trust.
The parks in the area continued to present an ugly picture with garbage dumps and Congress grass growing all around. Although the issue of poor civic conditions and depleted parks in this area has been raised many a times by the residents, nothing much has changed.
On Thursday too, a reminder was given by the residents to the improvement trust about the poor conditions in this area, but garbage continued to pile up.