Local bodies minister Anil Joshi may have gone overboard in laying tiles in the posh locality of Ranjit Avenue but when it came to garbage heaps, he seems to have forgotten the task to be done.
As the improvement trust and the municipal corporation in Amritsar wrestle over the jurisdictional issues of the area, they seem to have forgotten that both the departments fall under local bodies minister Anil Joshi.
Amid all the 'Go Green, Go Clean' hype by the civic authorities, the green belts in the residential area as well as shopping complexes depict an opposite picture as they have just turned out to be garbage dumping grounds and a happy hunting ground for stray dogs.
The entry to this posh locality is through the abandoned plot of improvement trust, which is nothing but a garbage dump that spreads foul smell and presents an eyesore sight to the residents of the area as well as the passersby.
The local clinics, home tutorials and hospitals in the A and B block of Ranjit Avenue are using that plot as a dumping ground and the hospitals are burning their toxic and non-toxic disposals there, which is leading to air pollution. Amid all this, the civic authorities are not bothered.
Besides, the area is also witnessing the excess growth of weed, congress grass and unwanted bushes. Roads are dirty as sweepers are not cleaning them regularly and many inner roads have pot holes with debris which lead to accidents.
The areas outside the schools, hotels and hospitals in the locality are in a miserable condition. This is one posh area where tourists plan their stay in the hotels and what they get to see on their arrival here is a sight of garbage heaps instead of lush green gardens.
Even the proposed land for a sports complex in the area is being used as a garbage dump.
The residential plot opposite the Red Cross is on our agenda. We would soon dispose of the garbage and make it a residential area. MC is facing a fund crunch. May be that's why their areas, especially A and B blocks, are being neglected. Our areas, including C, D and E blocks, are well looked after.
Sandeep Rishi, Chairman improvement trust