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Curbs delay Jallianwala project

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GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 17

Hit by curbs, the deadline for opening Jallianwala Bagh to public couldn’t be met.

The memorial has been lying closed since February 15. The first phase of the facelift project was targeted to be completed by the first week of April, ahead of the commemoration of 101th year of Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to be the chief guest on the occasion.

The restoration work and allied services worth Rs 19.36 crore is being carried out by the Union Ministry of Culture, supervised under the Archaeological Survey of India and executed by National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Ltd.

MP Shwait Malik, who is a member of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust, said due to the nationwide lockdown, the facelift project had hit a roadblock.

“Despite constraints, the restoration work was restarted, but it couldn’t pick up pace,” he said.

An official said labourers from Gujarat, UP and Bihar engaged in the renovation project had stayed put in Amritsar during the Covid-induced lockdown.

“The firm which has been entrusted with the task of carrying out the renovation work accommodated the labourers here and provided them with every facility. Observing the lockdown norms, the labourers were made to work with the available raw material stocked prior the lockdown. Over 80 per cent of the job has been done. Work in the open garden area, installation of lights and finishing touches to the museum were pending and it may take a month or so to get it done,” he said.

from The Tribune

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