Punjab to conserve Gobindgarh Fort as preserved historical monument: Thandal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 16:55 IST

The Punjab government on Monday set in motion the process of conserving Fort Gobindgarh at Amritsar as preserved monument of historical importance by issuing a notification under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1964.

Disclosing this here on Monday, Sohan Singh Thandal, tourism minister said Fort Gobindgarh was previously known as Bhangian Da Kila. He said, “This Fort has been a mute witness to many historic events associated with the Sikh warrior King Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Gobindgarh Fort that was built by the army of Gujjar Singh of Bhangi Misl has been through the turmoil of Anglo-Sikh wars due to its strategic location.”

The minister said it was imperative for SAD-BJP government to preserve the unique architectural masterpiece in its original form and guidance of international experts has been sought in this mission of national importance.

Throwing lights on the architectural design of this Fort Thandal said Gobindgarh Fort was constructed with brick and lime on a square pattern with a parameter of 1500 square meter with two strong gates, four large bastions and well-defined rampart. The magnificent main entrance is called Nalwa Gate. There were 25 cannons used to be stationed on the ramparts.

The tourism minister said keeping in mind the historical importance of this Fort in the Sikh history the Punjab government has now decided to preserve the Fort Gobindgarh under “the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1964”

Thandal further said any person who have any proximity/inclination with this Fort and who has any objection in declaring this Fort as historical monument could file their objections with the tourism department within two months. He said after completing this formality the Punjab government would issue the final notification for declaring the Fort Gobindgarh as Preserved Historical Monument.

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