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Amarinder for single dedicated card for tourists

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Tourists visiting historic places in Punjab may soon be issued issuing a special single dedicated card to enable them to visit all the tourist places in a hassle-free manner.

Chairing the Governing Body Meeting of the Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial and Museum (PSWHMM) at his official residence on Tuesday, Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed the Tourism and Cultural Affairs department to examine the proposal mooted by principal secretary finance for issuing a special single dedicated card to tourists.

Lakhs of devotees visit Amritsar to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (Golden Temple) and they would also be keen to visit other places of historical and cultural significance, he pointed out.

The CM also directed the Finance Department to immediately release the grant of Rs. 8 crores already sanctioned in the budget for the completion of Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial and Museum (PSWHMM) at Amritsar.

Pointing out that awareness of one’s rich legacy was the only way to face future challenges, Amarinder said that the monument would go a long way in motivating the youth to imbue the spirit of patriotism and nationalism. As a military historian, he could well understand the importance of such memorials, he added.

Underscoring the need to make the monument financially self-sustainable in the future, the CM asked the Tourism and Cultural Affairs department of explore avenues such that the maintenance and upkeep of the world-class memorial does not get affected in any case.

He also asked the department to submit a detailed proposal to start a Light and Sound Show (Projection Mapping) around the Vista, which would be a star attraction especially for the tourists returning from Wagah after witnessing the beating of retreat ceremony.

The Chief Minister was informed that the bridge had a capacity of about 400-500 persons and the walls of the museum facing the Vista could be utilized as projection screens. This project, to be implemented in PPP mode, and would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 10-12 Crore.