The Rs 8-crore entrance gate to the holy city and the revamped surrounding area of the Golden Temple are set for a grand opening on October 24.
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal reached Amritsar on Monday to oversee all development works, especially the beautification project, and gave instructions to the local administration to make all preparations for the inaugurations.
The administration will be organising a walk for mediapersons from the historic Town Hall building to the Golden Temple on the day of the inauguration to showcase the beautification works carried out in the past one year. The next day, another walk will be organised for all Punjab ministers, state legislators and chairmen of various boards.
Stressing the aim of the government was to give world-class facilities to pilgrims, Sukhbir said: “Lakhs of tourists visit the Golden Temple every day. To provide them the best of facilities, the stretch from the Town Hall to Golden Temple has been revamped.”
The authorities have not only widened the streets in the area, but have also laid a marble flooring to beautify the stretch. The shops and buildings on this stretch have been given a uniform look as well.
“The deputy chief minister has carried out the final review. the gate and the revamped vicinity of the Golden Temple will be inaugurated on October 24. The media walk has been planned to show the efforts that have gone into the project,” said Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.
PUNJAB DAY CELEBRATIONS
The deputy commissioner said a special show will be organised in the Town hall area to celebrate Punjab Day on November 1. A rally will also be held at Ranjit Avenue as part of the celebrations.