Development: Centre, state govt ignoring Amritsar

AmritsarAmritsar, which has been rated as the fifth t-sought-after destination in the world as per a BBC survey, is not being given adequate attention for its overall development by the state and Central governments.

Amritsar, being the second largest city of Punjab with nearly 1.5 million population, has been receiving nearly one crore tourists annually from all over the world.

In a detailed missive sent to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Badal, the Amritsar Vikas Manch has sought their immediate attention for taking corrective measures to ensure the overall development of the city.

The extent of discrimination with Amritsar is evident from the fact that the Amarinder government even shifted the National Institute of Biotechnology from Amritsar to Mohali. The institute was announced for Amritsar by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September 2004 to mark the quad-centennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

At least one university among the proposed three universities proposed for Punjab should be set up in Amritsar, they added.

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