Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department will soon invite global tenders for the prestigious project ‘Pind Babe Nanak Da’ — dedicated to the 550th prakash purb (birth anniversary) of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev at Sultanpur Lodhi.
Issuing the directions during a review meeting regarding the progress of the project on Tuesday, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann asked the Department to engage the world-acclaimed architects for the construction of this iconic project to come up over an area of 40 acres at cost of Rs 500 crore.
Taking part in the deliberations, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Harjot Singh Bains apprised the Chief Minister that Government of India has already given in-principle approval to the concept paper for the aforesaid project.
Chief Minister, while chairing another meeting of Anandpur Sahib Foundation, also directed the Tourism Department to complete the upcoming Bhai Jaita Ji Memorial at Sri Anandpur Sahib positively by December 2022.
He also asked the Department to ensure quality construction of this prestigious project as per the stipulated specifications approved by the competent authority, which is coming up in the complex of Virasat-e-Khalsa at a cost of Rs 13 crore over an area of five acres.
Notably, valiant Sikh General Baba Jiwan Singh (Bhai Jaita Ji) was a devout Sikh of Dasmesh Pita Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who brought the severed head (Sis) of the Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib from Chandni Chowk, Delhi to Sri Kiratpur Sahib.
Likewise, the Chief Minister also asked the Department to complete the Nature Park being set up within the precincts of Virasat-e-Khalsa by December this year at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Mann said that this project would be a centre of attraction for people visiting here, in general, and especially for nature lovers.
The Chief Minister, presiding over the first meeting of the Amritsar Cultural and Tourism Development Authority, reviewed the progress of various heritage and tourism cultural sites including Golden Temple Plaza in the holy city of Amritsar.
Emphasizing the religious and historical importance of holy city of Amritsar, the Chief Minister asked the Department to complete all the ongoing works under the authority at the earliest so as to showcase Amritsar as a global tourism hub.