Today News Online Service
Amritsar, April 2
Finally, the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar (MCA) has paid attention to the ignored corner of the historic Ram Bagh and sanctioned funds for the development of a park. The civic body is going to spend Rs 4.35 crore on developing the park backside zone 6 office inside the garden.
On the directions of Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, the civil wing of the municipal corporation prepared an estimate of Rs 4.35 crore for the beautification of the park. In its meeting, the Municipal Corporation General House gave its nod to the proposal on March 26. Officials of the MC said once they got the approval from the government, the work would be initiated.
More than five acres of land has been ignored for years and is being used to dump garbage and debris. There are two paved roads which lead to nowhere. Some influential persons attempted to encroach upon the land in the past. Part of the area had allegedly been encroached by a sports body and a local influential political leader during the SAD-BJP regime.
Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu visited the area last month and announced to take the initiative to develop the park on the vacant land.
“A beautiful park would be developed on the land behind the office of zone number 6. We are concerned about the historic importance of Ram Bagh and enhancing the green cover in the garden,” added the Mayor.
It is worth mentioning here that Ram Bagh, commonly known as Company Garden, is considered as green lungs of the city with over a population of 13 lakh. A large portion of the garden is encroached upon by influential persons and entry rights are exclusive for a few persons in those areas.
There are only two parks inside the garden where residents can do morning or evening walk. Once the new park is developed, visitors would get space for walking.