Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal took stock of the ongoing development projects in the holy city and issued directions to the senior officers of state as well as executing agencies to expedite the construction so that these projects could be completed before December next year, that is within a year.
Reiterating his resolve to develop the city as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, Badal said all-round development and beautification of Amritsar, besides creation of an eco-friendly environment, was among the top priorities of the SAD-BJP government.
He said the state was paying special attention towards this city so that not only residents but also lakhs of tourists visiting it could be facilitated with ultra-modern facilities.
He also asked officers to ensure the timely completion of internal beautification of Golden Temple Plaza. He also directed to keep the general vehicles away from the Golden Temple complex to eliminate congestion for the facilitation of devotees.
Reviewing the status of projects under which a heritage look would be given to the passage from the Golden Temple to the Hall Gate, Badal directed officers to start the work from the Golden Temple side. He said under this project all roads and streets would be well constructed, electricity polls would be removed and the area would be landscaped.
He asked senior officers to oversee the ongoing projects personally so that the dream of establishing Amritsar as major tourist spot could be realised.
He also reviewed the ongoing projects included widening of roads, BRTS, beautification of Chowk Shaheedan, entry gates, war memorial, Gobindgarh Fort, solid waste management, sewerage treatment Plant, Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Memorial, under-construction parking at Attari border and directed officers that these project would be completed well in time.
The officers apprised the deputy CM that the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) would be completed well before December next year. They informed him that this `491 crore project would witness dedicated bus tracks from Bhandari Bridge to India Gate, Bhandari Bridge to Daburji, Daburji Bypass to Verka, Verka to Celebration Mall, Celebration Mall to Sant Singh Sukh Singh Chowk, 4S Chowk to Kitchlu Chowk and Kitchlu Chowk to Old Sadar police station.
Prominent among those present in the meeting included PS Aujla, principal secretary to deputy CM, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal, improvement trust chairman Sandeep Rishi and officers of various departments.
Earlier, the deputy CM, accompanied by his wife and Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and participated in the bhog ceremony of 'akhand paath'.