Baba Farid government academic research, adult education and cultural centre, Faridkot, is a classic example of how the government and district administration is making tall claims about development while deserting old projects.
The foundation stone of the centre was laid by the then governor Surinder Nath on February 13, 1992, and it now wears a deserted look, 22 years after it was founded. The centre had an open theatre, auditorium and canteen besides a library. At present, only the library is functional but that too suffers from shortage of staff and funds.
A few years after its construction, both the local administration and the respective governments let the centre die its own death.
One of the main reasons for its dilapidated state is the distance of the cultural centre from the main town.
A well-designed Rang Manch (open air theatre) was constructed under the project, besides an auditorium which wears a deserted look today.
"When the theatre was constructed over two decades back, some functions of the Baba Farid mela were held here but later, it became a thing of the past," said a local.
An auditorium was also constructed close to the open air theatre but it lies locked now. Its window panes are broken and it is no longer used by the authorities.
With the Baba Farid Aagman Purab being observed in Faridkot from September 19 to 23, authorities have still not paid any attention to clean the building which is in the name of Baba Farid.
"When the Baba Farid academic research, adult education and cultural centre was constructed, the authorities had noble intentions behind it. But over the years, the buildings have been neglected. Huge sums of money were invested and it all seems to have gone waste. I have rarely seen these buildings being used properly," said Narinderjeet Singh Brar, associate professor in government Brijindra College.
"Space is the main problem in carrying out activities like theatre and holding seminars but these establishments are lying unused. Even drug addicts sometimes visit the place as it is deserted," claimed a source.
"The administration should try to revive the centre which could be very useful for the locals," added Narinderjeet Brar.