Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 31. The ride for pilgrims visiting the Golden Temple would soon become more comfortable with a ramp of the elevated road connecting the holy shrine with the GT road nearing completion. However, another ramp of the same elevated road may spell trouble for the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society.
Municipal Commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta said the work was in its final stage and the ramp would be opened for traffic within a month or so.
However, the second ramp is a cause for concern for the Pingalwara Society as it starts right in front of its entrance gate. A 10-foot-high pillar of the proposed ramp of the elevated road has been built right opposite the entrance of the main Pingalwara branch near the bus stand. Once the ramp gets extension, hardly any space would be left to reach Pingalwara, which has been established for the destitute and mentally challenged patients. The three-storey building of Pingalwara currently facilitates over 1,100 patients who are housed, fed and looked after by the charitable society.
It was observed that entry and exit of a 12-foot-high ambulance (approximately) from this point would be restricted. This building houses administrative complex, a female ward, children’s ward, rehabilitation centre, printing press, dispensary, medical lab, dental centre and common kitchen of the society. It is also apprehended that this ramp, in its existing state, will adversely affect the movement of vehicles to Pingalwara, which may even have an impact on donations at the society’s office.
Society president Dr Inderjit Kaur said several communications had been sent to the state government, but in vain. “We have written to the CM, the local MP as well as the Local Bodies Department to review the move. But, all our efforts have proved futile,” she said.
On the other hand, the MC Commissioner claimed the matter had been sorted out and the charitable society had no problem due to the ramp now.
The elevated road project was conceptualised during the previous Congress regime in 2006. The project cost was pegged at Rs 210 crore and it was supposed to be completed by October 2009.
The main elevated road, a 3.5-km stretch, was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in May 2010.