The SAD-BJP government has spent crores of rupees to beautify the surrounding of the Golden Temple, especially by constructing the Heritage Street.
However, it failed to pay attention toward public convenience and did not build even a single washroom on any of the ways to the Sikh shrine.
Thousands of devotees reach the Golden Temple via Hall Bazaar, Sultanwind Gate Road, Sheranwala Gate Road, Burj Akali Phoola Singh road and Ghee Mandi, Gurdwara Shaheedan market. However, no road or street has even a single toilet.
Notably, this was not the case always. Earlier, there were around 12 public toilets near the shrine. However, while executing the beatification project under which the heritage street has been constructed, all these structures were demolished and the government did not reconstruct them.
Majority of the devotees reach the Golden Temple on foot by parking their vehicles on outer areas as there is a big problem of parking near the Golden Temple.
In the absence of any washroom, women and kids face great inconvenience as the distance from all historical gates from where the way to Golden Temple starts, is not less.
“If the administration could not build new washrooms, at least it should not have demolished the old ones,” said Kuldeep Singh, a social worker.
Not only in the walled city, the problem is rampant across the city. The residents’ point is that the place which is most visited by devotees as well as foreigners, should be given attention at least in this respect, so that they can carry a good impression.
When contacted, SGPC secretary Roop Singh said they also have noticed the problem the devotees are facing after the surroundings of the shrine got a facelift.
He said they are taking up the issue with the administration and writing a letter to Amritsar deputy commissioner as well as sub-divisional magistrate.