Failure of encashment of Holy City Projects have turned the efforts of SAD futile


Despite of the makeover of the Holy city, Amritsar with a large amount of development projects and consecutive visits by deputy chief minister (CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal to make the city a top tourist destination, he has failed to convert it into votes for the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine in the assembly polls, which have been swept by the Congress.

Amritsar has beheld the inauguration of a number of development and beautification projects in the past one year, amongst which the Heritage Street is the most important and dream project of Sukhbir.

All efforts of the ruling alliance went futile to have any impact on voters, as the SAD-BJP failed to even open their account in Amritsar Urban, which has five assembly seats. The Congress won all five. Akalis also faced a walloping in rural areas. Out of total 11 assembly seats in the district, Capt Amarinder Singh led party won 10. Sukhbir’s brother-in-law and revenue minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, could only hold the fort in Majitha.

The SAD-BJP combine even failed to win the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, which was vacated by Capt. Congress’ Gurjit Singh Aujla won the bypoll.

Firstly, ₹160-crore Heritage Street project was set up to change the surroundings of the area around the Golden Temple. It took time and was finally inaugurated with much fanfaronade on October 24 last year along with a massive Golden Gate set up at the entrance to the city for ₹9.5 crore.

After a series of meetings and visits, another dream project of Sukhbir, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), was inaugurated after much delay on December 15, just before the elections. Inspite of the claims, the ₹600-crore project has failed to make any impact on the city’s transportation.

Apart from these major projects, widening of roads, sanitation around Civil Lines, setting up of a food street and renovation of Gobindgarh Fort were also undertaken to seek the support ofelectorate.

It was not only Sukhbir who took keen interest in developing Amritsar, but even Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi undertook various projects in his Amritsar North segment but he ended up losing the elections to Congress’ Sunil Datti by over 14,000 votes.

MAJOR PROJECTS ALONG WITH THEIR DATE OF INAUGURATION AND COST HAVE BEEN LISTED BELOW:

1) Heritage Street

Cost: Rs 160 crore

Inauguration: Oct 24, 2016

2) Golden Gate

Cost: Rs 9.5 crore

Inauguration: Oct 24, 2016

3) BRTS project

Cost: Rs 600 crore

Inauguration: Dec 15, 2016

 

Source : Hindustantimes


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