Even though Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal showed his displeasure about the pace of work going on at the historical Gobindgarh Fort during a recent visit, if tourism department is to be believed, the work of the Fort will be completed by 2014.
Addressing mediapersons at a press conference, Punjab Tourism Minister, Sarwan Singh Phillaur said, "The work of the Gobindgarh Fort is not like any other construction work. The conservation and restoration job has to be done carefully and that is the reason it takes a lot of time."
The department is on job and we will complete the Dyer's Bungalow inside the Fort by year 2013 and also start a light and sound by that time. The entire work of the Fort will be completed by year 2014, added the Minister.
On new plans, the Punjab Tourism Minister said, "With an aim to facilitate the tourists coming to the holy city, the Punjab Tourism department will launch a map of Amritsar city having various details on September 27."
This map will be available on the Punjab Tourism website and will have each minor details for the tourists such as Hotels, tourist sites, important heritage sites, bazaars, streets, taxi services, rest houses and other important things, he added.
The Minister claimed that in the recent survey conducted by an agency of the government of India, Amritsar has attained 12th position as far as favourite tourist destination are concerned. Our aim is to improve the ranking further and make take it into top 10 in a year's time, he said.
The Punjab Tourism department will also organize a Sufi Festival on October 20. The two-day festival will host participants from SAARC Nations.
Earlier, the Minister held a meeting with the officials of the Tourism department led by Principal Secretary Geetika Kahla.
On a question about the safety of tourists in city, which witnesses snatching incident and tourists are made target, the Minister said, "Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal will hold a meeting in this regard with the police officials. Safety of tourists is a priority and the issue of tourism police will also be taken up."
Amritsar DC Rajat Aggarwal said, "Already we can see that efforts are made by the police to curb the menace. There are lots of nakas laid on the roads and police is vigilant to curb the menace."
Earlier, the Minister also mentioned that an open Air theatre will also be developed at Attari for the attraction of tourists.