Whereas on the one hand the Amritsar municipal corporation has covered a huge plot of land with concrete at the historical company gardens, which houses the heritage of Punjab's legendary king Maharaja Ranjit Singh in violation of the norms governing heritage sites, on the other hand it proposes to use another park in the city for the projection of the city's cultural heritage. The park in question here is Raminder Singh Bularia Park, formerly known as Sakkatri Bagh.
Once notorious as a haunt of encroachers and shady elements, this park was developed at a cost of Rs 5 crores as one of the green lungs of the city. However, it is still not functioning as desired due to various problems ailing its fountains and lights. Nevertheless, the MC proposes to place a water curtain on a musical fountain situated inside the 'Rangdar' park situated inside the 'Bagh' to facilitate the projection of movies pertaining to Amritsar cultural heritage with the hope that this endeavour will attract visitors.
Municipal Commissioner DPS Kharbanda, who held a meeting with the officials of various departments in this regard, on Thursday to take an overview of the problems ailing the park, said that the proposed addition to the park was being planned on the lines of the one found at Lumbini Park, Hyderabad.
"The water curtain would be used for screening religious and historical movies to apprise the visitors of Amritsar's rich cultural heritage," he said. Kharbanda said that as of now the park was unable to attract visitors because of problems pertaining to its fountains, lighting and voltage dropping. The Municipal Commissioner has given the officials time till Monday to rectify all the problems affecting the park.
The proposals for the development of the park, at the time of its beautification, had included plans for its classification into theme based parks including Japani Bagh, with a Japanese theme, 'Rangdar' (Colourful) Bagh, Picnic Spot, Maze Park, Mist Avenue and places for parking, shops and food stalls, besides a children's park, equipped with a toy train, a topiary park, waterfall and fountains at the entrance, rainwater harvesting system, sprinklers and underground irrigation system. "The government has spent a fortune on the development of this park. We are making all possible efforts to ensure that it serves purpose for which it was developed," said Kharbanda.