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Virasat-e-Khalsa completes 2 years, 36 lakh people have visited it so far

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Anandpur Sahib, November 24, 2013
First Published: 20:41 IST(24/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:42 IST(24/11/2013)

Around 36 lakh people have visited the prestigious Virasat-e-Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib so far, which completes its two years on Monday.

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Virasat-e-Khalsa, which depicts the history of Sikhism, was inaugurated by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on November 25, 2011.

Its chief executive officer Karmjeet Singh Sra said more than seven thousand visitors, including NRIs and foreigners, visited the museum daily and around 36 lakh people had visited the project in the past two years.

He said the chief minister had sanctioned Rs. 77 crore for the second phase of the project and the work on it had started. He said keeping in view the problems being faced by the visitors, the construction work of the waiting hall and toilets was in progress, which would be completed soon.

Sra said there were 15 galleries in phase one of the project and the whole Sikh history had been depicted in it, whereas the rest of the history up to Partition, including the history relating to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and independence, would be depicted in the second phase.

After the inauguration of the museum, the tourism industry in the area has picked up.

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