The Punjab government has plans to connect historically and culturally important spots, including places associated with the freedom struggle. State tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said the Union government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the religious circuit which comprises Sri Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib. Jallianwala Bagh, Khatkar Kalan and Hussainiwala are also included in the circuit. An additional Rs 15 crore has been released for the Jang-e-Azadi memorial at Kartarpur. The Maharaja and Mughal circuits would also be given shape and proposals would be sent to the Union government for getting more funds, Sidhu said.
The Maharaja Circuit includes Patiala, Nabha, Kapurthala and Faridkot which would be developed. Mughal Circuit comprises serais in Punjab such as Shambhu, Doraha, Noormahal and Tarntaran which would be developed as wedding destinations, he said. The 550th Gurpurb of Sri Guru Nanak Devji in 2019 would be observed on a large scale and in the same year the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy would be observed as per a specially chalked out programme, he added.
Apart from this, Sufi Mela, Heritage Melas at Patiala, Kapurthala, Amritsar and Bathinda and a Military Literature Festival would be held too. Traditional melas such as Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan, Hola Mohalla, Qila Raipur, Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purb, Shiv Batalvi festival and Babe Da Viah purb would be held on a grand scale and given all assistance, Sidhu said.