Published October 12, 2012 | 11:45 am
Amritsar: To give Amritsar a new look and to highlight it on global map, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal approved Rs. 2,951-crore projects for the holy city and its periphery towns.
Saying that Amritsar is all set to get a new look, he stressed that the state government had already requisitioned the services of an international expert town planner to draw the blueprint of development of the holy city, while maintaining its heritage look and character.
Reviewing the development works, Badal said he had already approved Rs. 8,745 crore urban development projects for 142 towns and Amritsar would be the first city to taste the fruits of integrated development. He said according to the development model all urban services including sewerage, water supply, internal road networks, road engineering, beautification of parks, greening of pavements, streetlights would be developed and maintained by a single agency and that agency would be responsible for its upkeep for next 10 years.
He also reviewed the implementation of pod project and asked the tourism department to open tourist facilitation kiosks at important points and depute guides who have knowledge of English, French and Spanish.
He also asked the tourism department to promote Amritsar cuisine at international fora. He said the development and promotion of the upcoming heritage village would be handed over to a professional tourism agency having experience in running such establishments.