In order to promote religious tourism, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved the Sikh Circuit tourism plan of Rs 250 crores to promote prominent Sikh religious places in the state.
A spokesperson for state government said that the decision was taken today by Chief Minister in a high level meeting with the eminent Sikh scholars, historians and representatives of SGPC along with the officials of Tourism and Local Government department. “Badal directed the state tourism department for submission of the detailed report in this regard as soon as possible to the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to materialize this project at the earliest,” said the official spokesperson.
He further stated that Badal directed the Punjab Powercom for necessary steps for laying the underground electrical wires in Talwandi Sabo in order to initiate this project of beautifying the Holy city in an effective manner.
Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, Principal Secretary, Geetika Kalha while explaining various details of the project, said that this project, which will be undertaken on Central Financial Assistance (CFA) and PPP mode, will aim to develop the surroundings of prominent Sikh religious places in a holistic manner in the state. “All the three Sikh Takhts, Sri Akal Takht, Sri Kesgarh Sahib and Dam Dama Sahib along with other gurdawaras and Sikh historic places at Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak, Chhapar Chiri and others will be covered under this Sikh Circuit tourism in the state for their further development and beautification,” she added.