Amritsar all set for a major spruce up

Amritsar, May 29 | Updated: May 30 2007, 05:35am hrs
The holy city of Amritsar and the famous Wagah border are all set for a major spruce up. The city which was neglected till now due to its proximity to the border is planned to be developed as a major tourist destination by the Punjab government.

A city development authority on the lines of Delhi development authority, has been planned. Among other significant projects that have been envisaged are a plaza in front of the Golden Temple, a light and sound show at the Jallianwala Bagh, upgradation of Attari railway station, upgradation of Neem Chameli Tourist complex at Wagah. Also in line are Attari Mahal and Samadhi complex,Pul Kanjari, Sarai Amanat Khan complex and

Raja Sansi village Carpet Weaver complex and Gobindgarh Fort. for upgradation and develpoment

Further to give it a spanking look, the city roads and infrastructure will be brushed up at a cost of Rs 210 crore. The target for completion of the project is July 2008. This apart from the four lane National highway from Verka Chowk to Wagah Border at a cost of Rs 205.88 crore for which NHAI has invited bids.

In an interview with FE, K S Pannu, deputy commissioner, said Punjab government has decided to make Amritsar a major tourist destination. Plans are also to spruce up city's overall infrastructure for which estimates up to 3150 crore have been sent to Central government under JNNURM.

As of now, the city has revved up bus stands built under PPP mode. Raja Sansi international airport is also under expansion mode.