Rs 1.5 cr tourist centre to come up at Saragarhi Memorial - ECAS Punjab

Rs 1.5 cr tourist centre to come up at Saragarhi Memorial

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Ferozepur, October 4

A tourist facilitation centre (TFC) will come up at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore at the Saragarhi Memorial, depicting the bravado of 22 Sikh soldiers, under centrally sponsored "Swadesh Darshan" scheme mooted for the integrated development of Heritage Circuit in the state.

Following a report, "Saragarhi Memorial cries for facelift", in these columns recently, the state government has expedited the process for its beautification and renovation.


Parminder S Pinki, Ferozepur MLA

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Ferozepur MLA Parminder Singh Pinki in presence of senior officials laid the foundation stone for the TFC on the premises of the Saragarhi Memorial gurdwara.

Pinki said the artwork depicting the cultural heritage of Punjab would be displayed at the TFC. "The centre will provide information about the Battle of Saragarhi, besides offering various facilities for the comfort of tourists," said Pinki.

Several other initiatives were being mooted for the development of various memorials, including Hussaniwala Martyrs Memorial, for which Rs 6.5 crore would be spent.

Deputy Commissioner Gurpal Singh Chahal said the construction work for the TFC had been allocated to a New Delhi-based company and would be completed within a year.

Pinki said a light and sound show would be started at the memorial and a leisure valley would come up in the ground adjacent to the site.

The memorial was constructed to pay tribute to the 22 soldiers of the 36 Sikh Regiment of the British Indian Army who died fighting over 10,000 Afridis during the Battle of Saragarhi on September 12, 1897, in North-West Frontier Province, now in Pakistan.

from The Tribune

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