As the gates of the historical Gobindgarh fort continue to be closed ever since it was handed over to the civil administration, Punjab chief secretary Rakesh Singh has said that the fort would be thrown open to the public in phases, from November 2013.
The chief secretary, who inspected key tourism projects on Tuesday, looked into the ongoing restoration work at the historical fort and held a detailed meeting with Punjab tourism department officials.
Talking to reporters, Rakesh Singh said, "The fort will be opened to the public in November on the eve of 'World Tourist Day'. The fort will open for three days a week. It will prove to be a tourist delight since arrangements would be made for a special walk for visitors."
The walk would take the visitors on a voyage that would start from the 'Mukh Dwaar', wind through the Nalwa gate, 'Androoni Gate' and Darbar Hall to the 'Tosha Khana', he added.
The tourism department is working to arrange for a light and sound show to depict the colorful Punjab of yore, said the chief secretary.
Meanwhile, Rakesh Singh also went to look into the progress of the Plaza coming right opposite the Golden Temple. After talking to officials concerned, the chief secretary said, "The work is going on at a good pace and 70 per cent work has been completed. The upper portion where fountains and other utilities are proposed would be thrown open to the public around Diwali this year."
The officer had also visited Gurdaspur district to look into the ongoing projects.
Tourism principal secretary Geetika Kalha, Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, police commissioner Ram Singh and other officials were also present on the occasion.