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On fund-raising spree, PUDA to auction prime properties

punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2014 21:48 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times
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With a view to collecting funds for various projects and launch new schemes in Amritsar, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has mooted a proposal to auction prime properties located in the Civil Lines area here.


For this, the Amritsar Development Authority (ADA) has asked various departments, especially the city police operating from the proposed land, to shift from the site.

As part of the plan, NRI police station, residence of DIG border range, office of Amritsar police commissioner and an adjoining building besides various other structures under the scheme will be demolished.

Since various structures are occupied by government officials, the Amritsar deputy commissioner has been asked to get them vacated.

A letter sent to various departments operating from the proposed site clearly states that PUDA wants to launch a new scheme on the existing site. The existing structures will be demolished first and a new layout plan will be executed then.

Money gathered from the auction of the site will not only be used for development of this scheme but also used in various other development works currently going on in Amritsar.

Amritsar Development Authority (ADA) chief administrator Sandeep Rishi said, “The plot measuring 24 acres was transferred from the irrigation department to PUDA recently. We have planned to launch a new scheme.

There are various offices such as that of the police commissioner, NRI police station and DIG’s residence
besides various structures where the police are operating from. All of them have been asked to vacate.”

“Once the structures are vacated they will be demolished and the auction will be done later on. Under the scheme, we will develop 85 plots of 500 square yards each and there will be a commercial block with shop-cum-offices (SCFs). Parks will also be developed in some of the commercial pockets,” informed Rishi.

“There were a total of 30 structures that come under this scheme. Some of them have already been demolished.

We have asked the departments to vacate till February 10,” Rishi added.

The city police department had recently shifted its offices after being moved from the administrative block due to the ongoing construction. Significant funds were spent on the renovation of offices since many of them were in a shambles.

The police department would have look for alternative site for its offices.

Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “PUDA has informed us about the new scheme. The departments
operating from the proposed site have been told to vacate the premises. The auction procedure would be started once it is done.”


Police dept in a quandary

The city police department would have look for an alternative site for its offices once again as it had recently shifted from the administrative block

The department had spent significant funds on the renovation of offices since many of them were in a shambles


Those to be affected
Office of police commissioner
NRI police station
Various offices of police department
Residence of DIG border range
Some structures near irrigation department

“We will develop 85 plots of 500 square yards each and there will be a commercial block with shop-cum-offices. Parks will also be developed in some pockets.”
Sandeep Rishi, ADA chief administrator

“PUDA has informed us about the new scheme. The departments operating from the proposed site have been told to vacate the premises.”
Ravi Bhagat, Amritsar deputy commissioner