Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday approved a budget of Rs 74.55 crore for 2012-13 for the construction of Phase 2 of the Virasat-e-Khalsa project to showcase Sikh history. A spokesperson of the CM office said that Badal presiding over a meeting of Anandpur Sahib Foundation Trust directed the finance department to release Rs 44.52 crore to mitigate the shortfall of the estimated budget for the project.
Expressing the need to imbibe the great Sikh ideology and rich cultural values, Badal asked to chalk out a comprehensive plan to initiate cultural activities like organising historical plays, recitation of vaar (bards), patriotic songs competitions and laser shows on weekends at various sites, including the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chappar Chirri in Mohali, Wadda Ghallughara Memorial in Sangrur and Chhota Ghallughara Memorial in Gurdaspur.
He also directed the cultural affairs department to hold regular meetings of the trust. Finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa also attended the meeting.
Badal also reviewed the detailed design of the Phase 2 of Virasat-e-Khalsa, which was already approved by the concept committee comprising eminent Sikh scholars and historians.
It was informed in the meeting that till date more than 18 lakh people had visited Virasat-e-Khalsa Phase 1 that was built at a cost of Rs 250.52 crore. The work of Phase 2 would be completed by March 2014, said the spokesman.