Amritsar's historic Company Bagh becomes a victim of official apathy

Garbage, waste construction material lie scattered at historic place

Amritsar's historic Company Bagh becomes a victim of official apathy

The authorities have failed to pay attention towards the upkeep of this historically important heritage complex, which is strewn with garbage. Photo: Vishal Kumar

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 8

Residents, morning walkers and heritage lovers are an inconvenienced lot since the historic Company Bagh has turned into a garbage dump yard towards the Lumsdon Club side.

They rue the indifferent attitude of the government and the authorities concerned. They have failed to pay attention towards the upkeep of this historically important heritage complex.

Residents point out besides the apathy of the authorities concerned, the main culprits here are three clubs operating inside the complex which dump their waste at this site. The tractor trolleys of the municipal corporation can also be seen dumping garbage at the spot, says a visitor.

“Even as crores of rupees has been spent on the renovation and preservation work of the heritage structure – the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh — the work is still far from completion. The authorities hardly spare a thought for the maintenance of the ‘green wealth’ here,” said Dr Rakesh Sharma, a visitor. Cleanliness is another casualty at the Company Bagh.

“Just turn towards the Lumsdon club side after entering the place from the Madan Mohan Malviya road side, you can witness the negligent attitude of civic authorities,” said another resident Jagdish Singh.

Part of the garden where influential politicians, including Anil Joshi and Sunil Datti, visit is somewhat clean, while the rest of the area at the Company Bagh is a picture of neglect.

“I feel one side of the Bagh has become a victim of discrimination. The part, where influential and politicians stroll in the morning or evening, is neat and maintained while the remaining area remains unkempt and ignored,” the residents point out.

Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said he was not aware of this and would look into the matter. Necessary instructions would be passed on to ensure that the Company Bagh is maintained.

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