Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 27
Upset over the poor condition of the city’s grand entry gate, commonly known as “Golden Gate”, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu has taken it upon himself to carry out its maintenance unofficially.
The SAD government had built the grand entry gate for the holy city in 2016 by spending Rs 9 crore. In the absence of any maintenance during the last four years, the gate was losing its sheen with time. Ironically, the lights were lying defunct for several months.
It is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu has claimed that he had asked PWD officials to replace the defunct lights but to no avail. Finally, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu took the maintenance work in his hand “unofficially”.
The municipal corporation on Saturday cleaned the golden top and walls of the gate. However, it was day off for the MC employees, but on the call of Rintu, MC employees worked on day off.
A clean-up operation was initiated at Golden Gate this morning. During the operation, Fire Brigade vehicles were used to clean the grand gate. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and Commissioner Komal Mittal along with several officials and employees were present on the occasion
Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said Amritsar was a world renowned city for its religious importance. While cleaning the gate, the Mayor and MC officials found that the golden plates had rusted. “We will officially take over the maintenance of the iconic gate,” added the Mayor. The Mayor appealed to residents of the city to cooperate with the MC in keeping the surroundings clean so that the city has a distinct identity for cleanliness.
Councillor Jasbir Singh Nizapurian, Baldev Singh Sandhu, Health Officer Ajay Kanwar, employees’ union leader Ashu Nahar, Chairman Raj Kumar Raju, secretary Raj Kalyan, Savinder Tona and Deepak Sabharwal were present on the occasion.
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