Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune press service
Amritsar, January 1
After the outbreak of the second wave of Covid-19 in 2021, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation began to take initiatives to strengthen the city’s infrastructure.
The first phase of the Rs 2,200 crore surface-based 24×7 canal water supply project was launched in February (2021) which would help provide clean and safe drinking water to residents of the holy city. The project, when completed, would reduce the dependence on groundwater that had led to environmental degradation in the state.
After having carried out the basic equipment, we initiated embellishment projects. Over 300 tube wells have been installed or replaced, the sewage system extended and replaced in almost all neighborhoods, and garbage collection projects extended to walled urban areas. We have improved a lot in the area of ââcleanliness, but there are still a few shortcomings that we will address in 2022 Karamjit Singh Rintu, Mayor
The MC claims to have installed 66,000 LED street lights replacing ordinary lights as part of the Smart City project. Beautification projects including Hall Bazaar Facade Development Project, Walled City Smart Outer Ring Road and Baba Deep Singh Marg Beautification have been implemented. A project to improve the air quality index has been set up in the city but has not yet been implemented. The first phase of Heritage Street at Durgiana Temple has been completed.
Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said: âAfter carrying out the basic equipments, we started beautification projects. Over 300 tube wells have been installed or replaced, the sewage system extended and replaced in almost all neighborhoods, and garbage collection projects extended to walled urban areas. We have improved a lot in the area of ââcleanliness, but there are still a few shortcomings that we will be addressing in 2022. â
Despite his big claims, the MC failed to score much in the 2021 National Level Cleanliness Survey. The city improved its ranking in the National Level Cleanliness Survey, Swachh Survekshan-2021. In the category of cities with a population of over 10 lakh, the city was ranked 34th.
Due to the lack of parking spaces and good traffic management, city dwellers face huge traffic jams. Authorities did not provide parking around the walled city.
Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said that more parking lots will be developed in 2022 to solve the problem of traffic jams in most areas of the city.