Tourist facilities will be improved at the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial at Chapparchiri, (SAS Nagar) at a cost of Rs 24 Crore.

Announcing this on Wednesday, Punjab’s cultural affairs and tourism minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu said while Rs 12 lakh will be spent on behalf of the rural development and panchayat minister, TriptRajinder Singh Bajwa for the restoration of the approach road towards the memorial, another Rs 12 lakh will spent from his own discretionary quota for the beautification and facilitation of the tourists.

Sidhu, who paid a visit to the Memorial along with Mohali legislator, Balbir Singh Sidhu who demanded sprucing up of the basic infrastructure and brought to his notice the dilapidated condition of the approach road towards the memorial. The minister said the Chief Minister (CM), Amarinder Singh would develop historical and heritage sites of the state as tourist hubs to attract tourists from both country and abroad.

Divulging more, he said that as per the directions of the CM, the heritage festivals have been revived in the state and the department would hold heritage festivals at Patiala, Amritsar, Bathinda and Kapurthala with the first one in February at Patiala. Sidhu said the Chapparchiri memorial stands testimony to the glorious history of the Sikhs where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur established the rule based on equality and just principles by eradicating cruelity and lawlessness. He said that facilities would be provided at such historical spots to make them attractable to the tourists.