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PM to visit Golden Temple on Wednesday

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 19:51 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines; early on Wednesday accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur. He will spend almost two hours in the temple.

The prime minister arrives in Amritsar on Tuesday evening. This is the third visit of the prime minister to the Golden Temple after taking over the country's most important political job in May 2004.

Manmohan Singh had lived in this city as a school and college student over five decades ago.

The central security forces and Punjab Police have made tight security arrangements for his visit. After landing at Rajasansi airport in Amritsar, he will spend the night at the Circuit House.

After visiting the temple, he will address a public rally at Ranjit Avenue. The rally assumes significance as the Punjab assembly polls are just over two months away.

At the rally, he will hand over the keys of the historic Gobindgarh fort to the local authorities. The fort was under the Army for the last several decades and would now be open to the public.

He will also lay the foundation stone for making the Amritsar-Wagah road, which leads to the border crossing with Pakistan, into a four-lane one.

He will inaugurate a 600 MW thermal power station at Goindwal, 50 km from Amritsar, through remote control and also launch a water supply and sewerage plan for the city.

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