Amritsar MP and newly-appointed Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh to the Durgiana Mandir Management Committee for the development of the shrine and its surrounding areas.
The cheque was handed over to Harish Taneja, secretary of the committee, by the former chief minister after paying obeisance at the shrine. The amount will be paid out of the Member Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund of the Amritsar Lok Sabha member.
The committee on its part honoured the former chief minister by presenting him a shawl and a photograph of the shrine.
Speaking on the occasion, Taneja lamented that the Durgian Mandir beautification plan initiated by the state government was going on at a very slow pace due to non-release of funds by the government in time. The plan involves beautifying the surroundings of the shrine and construction of a multi-storied parking.
“Private properties for this purpose were acquired a long time back. But the beautification plan has moved at a very slow pace due to lack of funds. The matter was taken up with the government, but of no avail,” Taneja added. He appealed to Amarinder to take up this issue with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Amarinder on his part said he would not mind taking up the matter with the state government but then Badal was not going to listen to him. He, however, assured that if voted to power in 2017, he would ensure that this project was completed.
Taneja also brought to Amarinder’s notice the issue concerning the installation of a model of the Durgiana Mandir at the local railway station. He said this issue had been pending before the railway ministry for the last couple of years. He appealed to the MP to take up the matter with the concerned ministry.