A massive afforestation drive launched by the Forest department has taken the steel city, once known for high pollution levels, out of the “most polluted cities of Punjab” bracket.

Batala MLA Ashwani Sekri has sought Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s support to establish a 16,00 MW thermal plant at Batala.

Batala: Shiv Kumar Batalvi, who won the Sahitya Academy Award and is also known as the John Keats of Punjab, has penned down the best of Punjabi literature. However, a section of the residents here has made his memorial into a garbage dump and the authorities concerned have a turned a blind eye to the same.