The Union government on Friday agreed to spend Rs 100 crore to develop religious and heritage memorials in Punjab. This followed a meeting between Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Friday.
The meeting, which was also attended by Union tourism minister KJ Alphons and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, was held to seek the Centre’s assistance for developing religious and heritage memorials as well as carrying out a comprehensive revamp of the sites related with national valour in Punjab. The smart city project will also start in three cities of the state. The office of the Punjab Chief Minister will be immediately releasing Rs 50 crore for this purpose as its component. The three cities will get Rs 350 crore.
In a Press statement,Sidhu said of the Rs 100 crore, Rs 32 crore would be spent on infrastructure development and facilitation of pilgrims at Sri Anandpur Sahib. Sidhu said Rs 20 crore will be for Fatehgarh Sahib, Rs 18 crore for Chamkaur Sahib, Rs 10 Crore for Jallianwala Bagh, Rs 15 crore for Hussainiwala and Khatkar Kalan memorials related with Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, Rs 3 crore for Saragarhi apart from Rs 2 crore for Kalanaur. Sidhu also gave a detailed presentation of the Punjab government’s futuristic plan. He said Hardeep Singh Puri, who is visiting Punjab on 6 January to meet the Punjab CM, gave an assurance on the infrastructural development and beautification of the heritage city of Sri Amritsar Sahib. Sidhu said development projects under ‘Hriday’ plan, Smart City, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and other centrally sponsored schemes will be launched for Amritsar.
He said the state government’s plans to develop tourism sites under different circuits of Sikhism, Sufism, National Valour, Mughals and Historical would act as game changers and firmly place Punjab on the global tourism map.