Pollution pangs: Now, no parking near Harimandir Sahib

Harimandir Sahib

 Fakirs at the Harimandir Sahib in 1903.

The government has taken a serious stand to curb the mounting pollution around the Golden Temple complex, to make the areas surrounding the shrine a vehicle-free zone by introducing battery operated buses to ferry pilgrims.

Making this announcement, mayor Shawet Malik said the corporation was aware of the pollution around the holy shrine and it has recently finalised a major project to clear the parking near the temple and make electrically operated vehicles available between the town hall and the temple. He said the government has already cleared this project at an outlay of Rs 25 crore which would be implemented very soon.

Addressing newsmen, Malik outlined various projects to uplift the civic amenities in the holy city which had been in a state of utter neglect for the last many years and said all planned projects would be launched in the coming months to give a new look to the city.

“The government is in the process of finalising a comprehensive master plan and PUDA has been entrusted with the task of transforming the city. In view of the traffic snarls and jams due to increase in vehicular movement in the city, the corporation has worked out a project to systematically remove encroachments by providing BOT parking at various important junctions. The corporation is mulling a couple of rehri markets on the lines of Chandigarh administration to traffic chaos on roads,” Malik said.

The mayor said the corporation would soon finalise a solid waste management project for which a leading consultancy firm ILFS has been given the charge. It would also entail picking up garbage from the door steps of each household.

Commenting on the present status of the ambitious Rs 210 crore elevated road project, which would connect the GT road with the Golden Temple, he said the project would further be extended at an additional cost of Rs 40 crore to the railway station and Queens’ road. This singular project would definitely ease the traffic congestion in the city.

Confronting newsmen regarding the controversy of the non-release of a
Rs 100 crore grant from the state government, Malik said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had committed to release the funds at the earliest but the delay was due to procedural wrangles. He said the corporation has already worked out a detailed developmental road map for repairing of 643 km of roads in the city.

He said the corporation would issue global tenders worth several crores to enlist top construction companies to undertake major road projects entrusting international quality standards.

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