Punjab CM Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today dedicated one of the world’s best heritage street with ethnic outlook from Townhall to Sri Harmandir Sahib besides another magnificent entrance gate depicting marvel of ancient Sikh architecture as an integral part of Amritsar Beautification Project to the humanity.
Addressing the public gathering at the entrance plaza of Sri Darbar Sahib, the CM said that it goes to the credit of SAD-BJP government, which undertook momentous task to preserve the glorious cultural heritage of Punjab through state-of-the-art memorials and monuments viz. Virasat-E-Khalsa, Chotta and Wada Ghallughara, Baba Banda Singh War Memorial, State War Heroes Memorial & Museum. Apart from these, Jang-E-Azadi Memorial, Baba Jeevan Singh (Bhai Jaita Ji), Guru Ravidass Ji Memorial and Bhagwan Valmiki Sthal would soon be dedicated to the mankind in the coming days. Concerted efforts of the state government in this regard, were to perpetuate the glorious and rich legacy of our great culture especially amongst the younger generations so as to enable them to connect with their roots. He categorically said that those nations who tend to forget their cultural past and heritage were bound to be vanished with the passage of time. Henceforth, it was our bounden duty to preserve our rich cultural heritage for the future generations till eternity.
He further said that we were fortunate enough to restore the pristine glory of the passage leading to Sri Darbar Sahib with original grandeur and facade to have the feel of aura of divinity in the precincts of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Badal said it was not merely a development project but a composite plan aimed at reviving the ethnicity in the environs of Sri Harmandir Sahib since the times of great Sikh Gurus. The entire beautification plan brings Sikh architecture at centre-stage to represent the true character of holy city of Amritsar, the first and foremost Centre of Sikh religion.CM also announced to construct magnificent gates on all the ways leading to the Sri Darbar Sahib.
The Chief Minister recalled that such projects came into existence only with the grace of Almighty and this came true when he visited Israel way back in mid 90s and incidentally met world renowned architect Moshe Safdie there and offered him to prepare a layout plan of Khalsa Heritage Complex, which was a distant dream but our firm commitment transformed this concept into a reality as a world class monument on the earth. He said even the beautification project of Amritsar was an outcome of stupendous efforts and cooperation rendered by everyone and he was personally indebted to Sukhbir Badal and his entire team besides every shopkeeper, trader, engineer, worker and a labourer, who have immensely contributed for the timely completion of this prestigious project.
On this momentous occasion, the Deputy CM,Sukhbir Badal said that one year back the surroundings of Sri Harmandir Sahib were in a pitiable condition with congested streets and traffic woes adding to the problem and leading to chaotic conditions everywhere.
Badal also said that the townhall and heritage street transformation project were completed in a record time with all the people connected with the work taking it as a mission. He also said that this is not the end of the project albeit it is just a beginning for heralding the total beautification and transformation which the holy city would witness during the course of next 5 years.
Terming the project as a ‘Sewa’ bestowed on him by the Akalpurkh, he said that no political angle should be seen into it as it was a project dear to him in terms of being a devotee. He further elaborated that not only people from all over India but from around the globe are coming to see this marvel in architecture and culture and are in complete awe of the wonderful place.
Sukhbir disclosed that the interpretation center is the main highlight of the place where the Sikh history, religious philosophy, ethos and culture would be showcased serving the purpose of educating not only the young generation of the state but also the foreign tourists who exhibit immense interest in learning about the history and culture of Punjab and Sikhs especially the numerous sacrifices that they have made.
Exhorting all the Punjabis in particular the Sikhs to come and see the wonderful place, Sukhbir said that this unique endeavor of the Punjab Government would go a long way in preserving the architectural, cultural and historical heritage of the state besides serving as a shining beacon of humanity to every member of the human race inhabiting the world.
Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh in his address said that city’s beautification project has added to the grandeur of holy city of Amritsar manifold and it was a matter of great satisfaction and pride for every Punjabi especially the Sikhs.