While the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is planning to develop smart cities, residents of Fatehgarh Sahib are not happy with the project as they say that it is not good to keep developing the already developed cities.
Rajendar Kumar, a social worker, and a prominent citizen of the city, said the government should think about the overall development and make plans which can bring underdeveloped and new districts on the path of development and can create job opportunities for the people.
The historical town, situated on NH-1 surrounded by three major towns Ludhiana, Patiala and Chandigarh, rich in history and religious spots and called the land of sacrifices which attracts tourists round the year lags behind in providing entertainment facilities to people.
Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Jyoti Sarup Sahib, Aam Khaas Bagh (first Mughal Garden of India), Jahaaz Haveli are some of the famous tourist destinations which cheer the locals and tourists, particularly during the vacations.
Apart from these, the innumerable number of gurdwaras and Rouza Sharif and Goddess Chakreswari Temple attract a large number of devotees from the country and abroad. Despite this, there are no any parks for people and no playgrounds for children to play particularly in Fatehgarh Sahib.
But, there are no facilities of entertainment for locals as well as tourists here. At present, there is not even a single multiplex or a movie theatre in the district. The nearest theatre to Fatehgarh Sahib is the Fun Cinemas in Khanna in Ludhiana district or cinemas in Patiala district. There is also no any swimming pool for kids to enjoy summer vacations.
On the other, the neigbouring Patiala has innumerable facilities for the people. The Omaxe Mall in the centre of city caters to people of all ages, especially youngsters. The Baradari Gardend, famous temples, amusement and water parks have always been a major source of attraction.
There are various major educational institutes with more than 50,000 students in the town. The students, studying in these institutes, complain that to watch a movie or to have a good time during weekends they have to either go to Ludhiana or Patiala.
Preeti Singla, a second year BCA student, says that even if they have to organise a party for any friend's birthday they have to go to Patiala because there is not any good party place or Mall in Fatehgarh Sahib.
Despite it being an educational town, Fatehgarh Sahib does not have any sports ground. Players either have to play in college or school ground which usually gets closed after official hours or they have to go to Patiala for practice.
Rahul Gupta, a student of 4th year of BTech says that in four years, I have not attended any function here. My friends invite us either to Omaxe Mall, Patiala, or Pristine Mall, Khanna. He said, "The government must try to ensure entertainment facilities in every town."