It took 330 days and over 1,200 people to create the 800 metre walkway from Amritsar’s Town Hall to the Golden Temple, to be known as Heritage Street after its inauguration on Tuesday. All set to be the city’s new attraction, the once congested stretch is now a revamped, no-vehicle zone with a new “heritage” facade to each of the 170 shops within it.
A day before Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal formally inaugurates the stretch, his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s showpiece “dream project”, Sukhbir led a media team on the walkway this evening, with the proceedings filmed by drone cameras.
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“This is the first phase of my vision to create a heritage street on the pattern of Europe. In the second phase, if re-elected, all roads leading to Golden temple from Hall Gate will be redone on the same pattern within a year and a half,” he said.
J S Sodhi, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Amritsar who was incharge of the project, told The Indian Express the “record time” in which the Heritage Street was completed. “We worked round the clock to ensure that this street is completed in less than a year. Otherwise, such a project would have easily taken more than two years. We engaged the best teams of architects and consultants,” he said.