Legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh's ancestral house, school and village in Pakistan's Punjab province will be restored under a project worth 8-crore Pakistani rupees (Rs 4.72 crore in Indian currency).
"We have allocated the money for the restoration of the house and school of the Independence-struggle hero. We'll also spend on the uplift of his village, where clean drinking water is unavailable and the drainage system is in a bad shape," Faisalabad district coordination officer Noorul Amin Mengal told PTI.
"The people in Faisalabad take pride in the fact that Bhagat Singh was the son of their soil. They want the place to be known by his name," said Mengal. The revolutionary hero of the freedom movement was born on September 28, 1907, at Bangay village in Jaranwala Tehsil of Faisalabad (then Lyallpur) district. "Once his house is restored by the year-end, his birthplace, which is 150 kilometres from Lahore, will become a tourist attraction for Indians especially," Mengal added.
The village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, being just 35 kilometres from Nankana Sahib, can be another point of attraction for Sikh pilgrims. The Pakistan Punjab government also plans to shift his belongings from Faisalabad Museum and Library to his house.
Bangay has a population of 5,000. The martyr's 2-kanal house is owned by advocate Iqbal Virk. "We will buy the house from him," said Mengal. On March 23, 1931, following a trial for involvement in the Lahore conspiracy case, the British government had hanged Bhagat Singh at Shadman Chowk when he was 23.
In October 2012, when the Pakistan Punjab government had decided to rename Fawara Chowk after Bhaghat Singh Chowk but it had to put the plan on hold after objections from some quarters.