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Direct road to freedom fighter's house hits hurdle

A plan to showcase a freedom fighter's contribution and attract tourists has gone awry. Ludhiana municipal corporation recently started a feasibility drive to see if freedom fighter Sukhdev Thapar's ancestral house at Noughara Mohalla could be connected directly with Chaura Bazaar.

punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2012 21:14 IST
Arjun Sharma

A plan to showcase a freedom fighter's contribution and attract tourists has gone awry. Ludhiana municipal corporation recently started a feasibility drive to see if freedom fighter Sukhdev Thapar's ancestral house at Noughara Mohalla could be connected directly with Chaura Bazaar.


The study was started after some residents of the Thapar community and Noughara Mohalla demanded that such a route be carved out.

However, the project seems to have encountered a problem with the residents of five buildings that fall in the route, refusing to allow MC officials access to take measurements.

Assistant town planner, MC, Kamaljeet Kaur said that some of the building owners were resisting the survey and not allowing the measurement of their buildings from inside. "Our team was not allowed to enter the buildings that were supposed to be surveyed. We could have only requested these building owners to let the team conduct the survey," said Kaur.

Members of the All India Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust had also requested the state government to create a route. The state government had asked the MC Ludhiana to conduct a survey.

Members of the trust had claimed that the government was ignoring the property of the martyr. The state government already has the possession of the house and plans to convert the site into a museum. The trust is involved in a legal battle with the government and wants possession, claiming that it been the caretaker till January this year.

MC sources said that the file in which the state government had asked to conduct a survey of Sukhdev's house would be sent back with remarks that the building owners did not allow the survey.

Tribhuvan Thapar, a member of the Thapar Trust, said that the building owners should allow the survey to be completed for a route to Sukhdev's house.

"The building owners should allow the MC to conduct a survey so that something could be done to preserve the heritage."

He added that a passageway would add to the place's tourism's potential and bring revenue to the people.

Sukhdev was executed along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru at Lahore jail by the British government after a controversial trial in 1931.