The Amritsar municipal corporation house is set to meet on August 7 to discuss beautification of areas around the Golden Temple, while setting aside larger problems of insanitation, water contamination, waterlogging during the rainy season, choked sewerages, dug-up and potholed roads and faulty streetlights, which are affecting the common man since long.
According to MC brass and councillors, as of now the beautification project worth Rs 70 crore is the only on the agenda of the house meeting on Friday.
In May, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced that the 500-metre-long approach road to the Golden Temple would be one of the best in the world and the area around the shrine would be beautified.
According to senior deputy mayor Avtar Singh Truckanwala, two different projects — one related to the approach road, while the other concerning the beautification of important areas — have been mooted for discussion. “The project pertaining to the approach road to the shrine has already been approved and sent to the government for approval and the meeting is being called to discuss the beautification of areas along the approach road,” he said.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said as a part of the project, there was a proposal to install a huge fountain with a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on the top at Chowk Phuwara.
He said the project aimed at changing the façade of the area, including the buildings as per a uniform code.
He said a detailed project report (DPR) and all other formalities concerning the project had already been completed. “Only the process of tendering and allocation of work remains,” he mayor, adding it is likely to be undertaken soon.
Congress councillor and leader of the opposition in the MC Raj Kanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky said the MC was yet to deal with the problem of faulty streetlights despite being repeated reminders. “The city plunges into darkness after the night falls, which has led to an increase in incidents of crime, particularly snatching,” he said.