30092017-ATR-01.qxd 9/29/2017 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Artists’ abode Sultanwind Canal ‘Rally for Rivers’ Preet Nagar, which once housed actors, writers in the pre-Partition India, wears a desolate look. P2 Residents throw polythene bags and packaged products into the canal P2 Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev pays obeisance at the Golden Temple. P3 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 36°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.18 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.23 AM Ravana on sale! Sans tourism police, tourists feel unsafe Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Ravana effigies on sale at a roadside in Lohgarh on the eve of the Dasehra festival in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR Little done, lot still undone Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 29 The government is going to celebrate the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2 but the city did not witness much change on the ground level even after the implementation of the campaign. The health wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted several cleanliness drives in the past but there is no major effort to improve sanitation. There are several areas in the city that are still deprived Third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission falls on October 2 . of proper cleanliness. The areas such as Inderpuri, Islamabad, Indira Colony and Kot Khalsa are being ignored by the civic body. Heaps of garbage can be seen at posh Ranjit Avenue and Lawrence Road. The civic body failed to make any change in the situation in slum areas and colonies on the outskirts of the city. The only recognisable change after the implementation of campaign is the door-to-door garbage collection by the company roped in for it. The company has been providing the service in almost all wards, except the walled city areas. The residents praised the government’s initiative but they were not satisfied by achievements of the administration in the past three years. Balbir Singh, a local resident, said the campaign had been started with much pomp and show. “It is quite successful in the city as the MC had hired a company for the door-to-door collection of garbage. When we evaluate its success on other components, it is found lacking. The city is yet to be made open defecation-free. But it is appreciable that at least the government is making efforts to improve cleanliness,” he said. “There are some posh areas continued on p2 c m y b Amritsar, September 29 Continuous incidents of thefts and fleecing of tourists are constant reminders to the local authorities to restart tourist policing. The project has been hanging fire for years despite the fact that certain employees of the Punjab Police were given training in this regard. Even as the Amritsar Police Commissionerate had announced its plan to launch tourism police at the fag end of 2014, the proposal is yet to see the light of the day. As many as 56 men and women officials who underwent a five-day orientation course at an institute in Gurdaspur may forgotten long ago what they had learnt. They were trained in speaking English and Hindi to communicate efficiently with tourists besides learning etiquette. In order to easily distinguish the tourism policemen, white-coloured badges with “Amritsar tourism police” inscribed in red and blue colours was to be placed on the upper portion of policemen’s arms. As many as eight kiosks of the Amritsar tourism police had been installed at key Plan on paper only Many incidents of robbery, misbehaviour and sexual assault on tourists have been reported, including foreigners. . places, including Golden Temple, the railway station, the airport, the bus stand, the Durgiana temple, Ranjit Avenue and the Bhandari Bridge. These kiosks were to act as tourist felicitation centres as well. However, all these grand plans remain unrealised. Many incidents of robbery, misbehaviour and sexual assaults on tourists have been reported, including foreigners. There is no denying that tourist footfall is high but tourism-friendly atmosphere is missing. The Amritsar police had launched the tourism police in the past, too, but it could not function for long. Earlier, two attempts of setting up the tourism police in 2002-2003 and 2008-2009 failed. Police Commissioner SS Srivastava said the commissionerate was already working on the tourism police project. He said it would take some time to make it operational, as they did not want to implement it in a hurry. SNIPPET Blast in AC compressor Amritsar: Panic gripped the Ranjit Avenue area after there was a blast in the compressor of an air-conditioner at a shopping mall. People started running here and there. One youth was reportedly injured in the accident. He was taken to hospital by his friends while he was yet to be identified. The incident occurred at Visha Megamart located in Ranjit Avenue area. The sudden explosion led to panic. Civil Lines police immediately reached the spot and it was later found that the burst was caused after AC compressor got exploded. Jatinder Kumar, an employee of the shopping mall said that AC of the mall was not working for past one week and they had lodged a complaint to the company in this regard. However, nobody came to repair. This might be the reason behind the blast, he pointed out. TNS
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