Renovation work on Bhagat Singh's ancestral house in full swing

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Nawanshahar
  • Updated: Aug 25, 2015 22:22 IST
Renovation work of martyr Bhagat Singh's ancestral home under progress at Khatkarh Kalan village in Nawanshahr. (HT Photo)

With the 108th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh approaching, the renovation work on the martyr's ancestral house at Khatkar Kalan village in the district is going on in a full swing.

Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary falls on September 27.

The department of cultural affairs, archaeology and museums is supervising the renovation work that has been allocated to a Chandigarh-based private firm. The work started two months ago. The department is carrying out the work for the first time to restore the the house since it was handed over to it in 1984 by the village panchayat. Before that, the local panchayat used to take care of the house.

The roofs, which were in a dilapidated condition, have been removed and will be replaced with new ones. The walls of rooms, kitchen are being repaired with a special technique to strengthen them by restoring their historical value.

The work on restoring the floor of the building will begin next week, and its level will be raised. Old doors and windows are being replaced with new ones as part of the `40-lakh project. Special cabins for displaying the belongings of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his family in the house will also be made so that these are not damaged by visitors by touching them frequently.

An official said rain hampered the renovation work for a few days, but the work is in progress. "Special instructions have been given not to make any change to the original and basic structure," said the official.

He said the site would be restored in a way that it could attract more and more visitors. He said the department would preserve the structure so that the coming generations could visit the house and get inspiration from the martyr's life.

The official said the department did not have sufficient funds for renovation and would merely paint the house before the martyrdom day in the past.

In the past, the Parkash Singh Badal government had faced criticism for ignoring the heritage structure and disconnecting the power supply to it and memorial park of Bhagat Singh on the martyrdom day. Later, free power supply was restored by the government.

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