The recently renovated and beautified Anglo-Sikh War Memorial at Aliwal village was inaugurated on Tuesday.
Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee president Jathedar Avtar Singh in the presence of Manpreet Singh Ayali inaugurated the memorial.
The memorial, built in 1853 by the British to honour the bravery of Sikh soldiers, who changed the face of first Anglo-Sikh war in 1846, and renovated with a cost of Rs 30 lakh, will put the town on the map.
A library has been constructed with the efforts of Dakha member of legislative assembly (MLA) Manpreet Singh Ayali at this place, where more than 10,000 Sikhs were martyred during the first Anglo-Sikh war.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Ayali said, “This memorial has been constructed with a cost of Rs 30 lakh on half-acre land. This memorial has been constructed with ‘Chhoti Nanakshahi’ brick. A 55-feet high ‘Khanda’ has been installed there. In the library, several books on history, literature and religion have been kept.”
Ayali said, “Keeping in mind the religious significance of village, efforts are being made to upgrade Aliwal village. An amount of Rs 35 lakh has already been spent and more development works will be carried out with `10 lakh. The road connecting village with Hambran-Sidhwan Bet will be widened to 18 feet and trees will also be planted.”
He further announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the village.
Jathedar Avtar Singh said, “The need of the hour is to take care of our buildings with historical significance. The Anglo-Sikh war held on January 28, 1846 and the renovation of this memorial are enough to bring village’s name on the world map.”
Makkar also announced a grant of `10 lakh from SGPC and `51,000 for books.