Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 30. To make the holy city eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable, EcoSikh, a US-based organisation, today launched Eco-Amritsar 2017, a five-year green drive, to mark the city’s 440th anniversary.
However, the event turned out to be a low-key affair with Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar and Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal not turning up and instead sending their representatives. Though their names didn’t figure in the invite for the programme, the state government and the SGPC are the two major stakeholders in the campaign.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, EcoSikh president Dr Rajwant Singh said: “EcoSikh has proposed a six-point agenda for conserving water, recycling and better waste management, alternate energy usage, introducing public transport, increasing green cover and open spaces, and also sharing information on greening strategies”.
He said the district administration had pledged to enforce rainwater harvesting in all government buildings and institutions and in establishments of 500 sq yds and above. The SGPC had decided to announce yearly celebration of the city’s foundation day which falls in June and to commit to organic farming on the land associated with the SGPC-run gurdwaras in Amritsar district, he said.
PEDA chairman Manjit Singh said they had already installed a solar power plant at the Golden Temple and would soon be putting up solar steam cooking system which would cut down LPG consumption of the shrine to half. He said they had planned to generate 10 per cent of the city’s power requirement from solar energy. Gunbir Singh of Khalsa College Governing Council said they had signed an MoU with EcoSikh for promoting organic farming, resorting to solar energy use and planting trees.