The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the Archaeological Survey of India’s Chandigarh Circle has submitted its report on the old building structures found during excavation of Jora Ghar and vehicle parking being constructed outside Sri Harmandar Sahib and the SGPC has asked Amritsar deputy commissioner for more information in this regard.

“The services of historians of Guru Nanak Dev University are being sought for research on the building structures. Although the experts of the Archaeological Survey of India have mentioned that the building is not historic but heritage, still the Tourism Department (Punjab) has been written through Amritsar deputy commissioner to take proper steps for its preservation”, said SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Addressing a press conference at the SGPC office, Bibi Jagir Kaur said that many such buildings would have been buried under the Galiara Scheme by the then government.

“The present condition of the corridor (Galiara) around Sri Harmandar Sahib is also not very good and due to neglect of maintenance a large amount of garbage is spreading there. The SGPC is ready to take care of the corridor and a letter has been written to Amritsar deputy commissioner to hand over the management of Galiara to the SGPC. At the same time, the SGPC is ready to take up the responsibility of maintaining the heritage street and action will be taken in this regard.”

SGPC President said that in view of the increase in the Sangat (devotees) visiting Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib, it has been decided to set up new sarais (inn), but sadly some people are deliberately creating obstructions.

“A plan has been prepared for the reconstruction of Sri Guru Ramdas Niwas as the Sangat was not ready to stay here despite having 232 rooms and 18 halls. At present, only 125 rooms and 3 halls of this sarai are in use and the rest are uninhabitable. The SGPC has planned to develop 800 rooms here while keeping the outer appearance intact as per the present structure. Some people are trying to stop the reconstruction by mentioning that it was related to 1984 but the 1984 holocaust has connection with entire surroundings of Sri Harmandar Sahib”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The Sewa would be done without destroying its originality and about the same, no one should create confusion among the Sangat. The SGPC is also planning to develop 4 towers for 1, 000 rooms at the site of Akali Bagh so that the Sangat would not face any difficulty in getting accommodation when they come to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandar Sahib.”

On this occasion, SGPC members Bhai Manjit Singh and Bhai Ram Singh, assistant secretary Tejinder Singh Padda, OSDs to SGPC president Dr Amrik Singh Latifpur and Dr Sukhbir Singh, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal and others were present.

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