Amid protests by its employees and a councillor, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) on Friday passed two proposals costing Rs 124 crore for the beautification of areas around the Golden Temple.
The workers protesting outside Town Hall charged the MC with non-payment of their dues and did their best to prevent the mayor and the commissioner from entering the venue of the meeting, however, police paved the way to the duo to the venue.
However, at the venue, councillor Damandeep Singh charged the MC brass with “misbehavior and nonchalance” and warned of holding a protest there and hampering the house meeting. The issue was resolved with the MC authorities promising him to give a fair hearing later.
If the projects passed by the house materialise, the walled city area from the Hall Gate to the Golden Temple will get a face-lift, besides new and widened roads and statues at different points from Town Hall to Jallianwala Bagh.
These would include the statues of martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, Bhangra-Giddha, Khalsa, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, BR Ambedkar and a model of Parliament House, besides statues of other personalities.
Giving details, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said the two proposals had been mooted in keeping with the announcement of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in May that the 500-metre-long approach road to the Golden Temple would be one of the best in the world and that the areas in its vicinity would be beautified.
He added that the project worth Rs 70 crore entailed beautification of areas from Town Hall to the Golden Temple, while `53.55 crore would be spent on the development projects to be undertaken from Hall Gate to the Golden Temple. “Under the `53.55-crore project, the façade of the walled city from Hall Gate to the Golden Temple is all set to see a change,” he said.
Sabharwal added that the project worth rs 53.55 crore would also cover the work of basic amenities such as water supply, sewerage, and underground electric wiring.