Amritsar, Punjab: The Guru Ram Dass School of Planning of Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to conduct a nine-week comprehensive study on Amritsar with a special focus on the problem of traffic congestion and its rich heritage.
A meeting to communicate details of the study and seek cooperation from various departments of the district administration was convened today on the campus. The meeting was attended by various heads of the departments, including MC Commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta.
Head of Guru Ram Dass School of Planning Balwinder Singh said, “During this study we would asses the volume of traffic at various junctions in the city. This way we would be better able to formulate plans to tackle the problem of traffic congestion.” He said the study would also concentrate on problems of engineering of the roads and squares.
He said the students of the department would complete the study as a part of their annual project. “Around 35 students would participate in the task. They would also identify all the heritage buildings in the entire city,” he said.
The students would roam from lane to lane to collect data about the structural designs of the buildings, whether institutional or private, said Balwinder Singh, adding that the department had earlier discussed the project with Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.
He said after the completion of the first phase of the study in nine weeks, the school was planning to initiate another seven-week project to suggest solutions to the various problems faced by the city.
The MC Commissioner assured the gathering that he would get the report tabled before the higher planning authorities so that the points enlisted in it were taken into consideration while initiating development projects. He said the corporation would extend whole-hearted support to the students in the completion of the study.