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PM distances himself from gurdwara parking project

delhi Updated: May 03, 2011 00:01 IST
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The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) on Monday claimed that the Prime Minister has refused to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony for an underground parking inside the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj premises.

Showcasing photocopies of a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office that clearly expresses “regret that the Prime Minister would now not be able to lay the foundation stone of the project on May 14,” Jasjit Singh, president of the SAD (Delhi-UK) claimed, “The Prime Minister refused after evidence was provided to him regarding the corruption associated with the project.”

Earlier last week, Singh had alleged that the underground parking was being planned inside the Gurdwara Rakb Ganj premises without permission and that the gurdwara authorities were going ahead with collection of donation from across the world for the parking project.

Singh took the credit to “timely expose” the fraud in the gurdwara management and expressed happiness that the Prime Minister has distanced himself from the project.

The R350 crore underground parking project is part of the gurdwara’s redevelopment and beautification plan.

The SAD (Delhi-UK) leader said, “We are not against the parking project. But we only want that proper sanction should be taken, first from the Sikh sangat (community forum) and then from the authorities.”

Located on the southern-end of Pandit Pant Marg, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj is metres away from the Parliament periphery. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has said it has not received any proposal for the underground parking while the management of the gurdwara has claimed they don’t need any permission, as it would be constructed inside the premises.