June 24, 2022

Punjab polls 2022: In the battle for Amritsar, issues no political party is talking about : The Tribune India

While leaders are making new promises this election, old ones seem to have been forgotten. Rostrum correspondent Neha Saini and photojournalist Sunil Kumar highlight some of the biggest issues no one is talking about this election season

The battle lines have been drawn and the stakes claimed. The campaign grew sharper and sharper, but burning issues were again pushed aside. Several elections have taken place, but the fundamental problems facing the citizens of Amritsar remain unchanged, with no solution in sight. Here are some of those issues…

Bhagtanwala’s dump was a hot polling topic a few years ago, but not anymore!

Bhagtanwala dump

Once a main issue in almost every election, it remains unresolved to this day. Moving the landfill has been the subject of several discussions and debates in previous elections. Residents face health risks and several attempts to manage waste at the landfill through scientific methods have repeatedly failed. Interestingly, this time, this issue is not on the list of any political candidate vying for votes.

Vehicles encroach on the BRTS lane, which is a major cause of accidents along the route on GT Road.

Sports stadium

Another lost and never found project is the ambitious Multipurpose Sports Stadium in Block E of Ranjit Avenue. The foundation stone for the stadium was laid in 2011. The proposed facility was to have a cricket pitch, athletics track and football pitch, in addition to lawn tennis courts. Currently, the site has turned into a dumping ground with no further announcements being made about its future.

The biggest problem facing the city is endless traffic jams. Bottlenecks at every major intersection add to commuter woes.

Ruined traffic management

Another major issue that seems to have caught no attention from any political candidate is the crumbling traffic management and parking issues in the city. Due to the lack of parking spaces and good traffic management, traffic jams and traffic jams have become a nuisance for citizens. All major hubs and commercial locations have become major bottlenecks, making it almost difficult to drive a two-wheeler or four-wheeler. Lack of parking spaces in major malls such as Hall Bazaar, Katra Jaimal Singh, Telephone Exchange, Karmo Deohri, Guru Bazaar Shastri Market, Raja Market, Katra Ahluwalia, Majith Mandi, Loon Mandi, Daal Mandi, etc., n This has only added to the woes, with haphazardly parked vehicles chomping the roads intended for travel.

Residents of settlements like Inderpuri have to live amid overflowing sewers and heaps of garbage.

Sewer problems

Trash disposal and broken sewer issues are a headache for residents. Almost all constituencies in Amritsar face this problem. The big name political winners in these constituencies have failed to provide solutions to these fundamental problems. Illegal encroachments only increased and without any control.

Homeless people sit by a bonfire on a rainy day in Amritsar.

Traffic light disappeared at one of Putlighar’s busiest roundabouts.

Vehicles encroach on the BRTS lane, which is a major cause of accidents along the route on GT Road.

Illegal encroachments are on the rise in the commercial lanes of Putlighar, completely engulfing the road intended for commuters.

The Tung drain in Amritsar North is a blight on the residents of the area.

A newly paved road in the cantonment of Amritsar is in a pitiful state.

Stray cattle have led to many road accidents in the recent past.

visual pollution Political signs erected in the run-up to the upcoming elections not only disfigure the city, but also cause distractions. Such violations and illegal displays, however, are not controlled.

visual pollution Political signs erected in the run-up to the upcoming elections not only disfigure the city, but also cause distractions. Such violations and illegal displays, however, are not controlled.

visual pollution Political signs erected in the run-up to the upcoming elections not only disfigure the city, but also cause distractions. Such violations and illegal displays, however, are not controlled.

Encroachments Illegal shacks have sprung up along the roads in some areas.