b Chandigarh, December 27:
Responding promptly to the demands raised by the Head Granthi and Manager of the historic Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the Director Cultural Affairs and Tourism to submit a comprehensive proposal for the development of a memorial in the Sub-Jail at Bassi Pathana, where the Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was kept in custody by the then Mughal Emperor for more than three months.
The Chief Minister, who convened a high-level meeting at his official residence here within hours of returning from Fatehgarh Sahib yesterday, also accepted various other demands raised by the Head Granthi Bhai Harpal Singh and Manager Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib Jasbir Singh through a memorandum.
These included strengthening and widening of roads within a 10-km radius of Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, as well as beautification of the road from Baba Moti Ram Mehra Gate (near Talanian) to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Gate, passing through Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdwara Jyoti Sarup. The Chief Minister also directed the Secretary PWD to work out detailed proposals and estimates to implement these projects at the earliest.
Captain Amarinder has also cleared the sanction of Rs. 5 crore for the completion of ongoing development works, including widening and strengthening of road from historic Gurdwara Kuma Maski up to Ropar Headworks, besides construction of four bridges over it in the Ropar district. The Chief Minister was apprised in the meeting that funds to the tune of Rs.6.69 crore had been released so far and the balance Rs.5 crore would be released soon so as to ensure timely implementation of these development projects to facilitate the devotees.
Captain Amarinder, who had visited the Gurdwara to pay his respects to Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji’s younger Sahibzadas Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, and his mother Mata Gujri, directed the officials to undertake the beautification and infrastructural development at Fatehgarh Sahib to facilitate the large number of devotees visiting the gurdwara every day.
According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister also gave approval for the construction of 10 spacious bathrooms in the area adjoining Fatehgarh Sahib for the large number of devotees who converge there during Shaheedi Sabha. He has sought a detailed proposal for this from Secretary Public Health.