The plan to construct a 2,400-kilometre-long road from Talwandi Sebo in Punjab to Nanded in Maharashtra to commemorate Guru Gobind Singh's tercentenary was approved on Friday by the Centre. The road will also be named after the Sikh Guru.
The National Committee to commemorate the tercentenary of Guru-ta-Gaddi headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil approved the plan to construct the road passing through five states ---- Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Guru-ta-Gaddi will be celebrated on October 2008 marking 300 years of consecration of the holy Guru Granth Sahib, revered to as the 11th and final eternal Guru of the Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh had traveled from Talwandi Sabo in Punjab, where he had compiled the Guru Granth Sahib, to Nanded.
The Guru died at Nanded on October 7, 1708 after two Pathans, masquerading as horse traders, wounded him.
The committee also decided that the road would be constructed and named after the Guru would be maintained by the Centre.
"The finer details about the road would be worked out between the officials of the given states," a government functionary said.
A sub-committee headed by Culture minister Ambika Soni has been asked to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the project. "All the ministers and secretaries of the concerned states will be members of the committee," an official said.