Deputy commissioner Davinder Pal Singh has issued notices to tenants of a building here, which was used as a hideout by martyr Bhagat Singh and his associates and was recently declared as a ‘protected monument’ by the state government.
“The Punjab government has issued a notification to declare the hideout as a protected monument and now even putting a nail on its wall will be punitive as per law. The administration is chalking out a plan to provide an alternative site to the occupants of the building. Soon, the Archaeological Survey of India would take over the site. So we have issued notices to its tenants to vacate the same,” said the DC.
The DC said the administration would try to rehabilitate the families occupying the building by offering them alternative accommodation.
At present, three shops are being run on the ground floor and a family is residing on rent on the first floor of the building.
“The authorities should gear up quickly and not only protect the heritage building in letter and spirit, but also set up a library in memory of the martyrs before March 23, (martyrdom day) as a real tribute,” demanded Rakesh Kumar, an author of various books on the life and times of Bhagat Singh and others.
About a year ago, the department of cultural affairs and museums, Punjab, through a notification, had invited objections to grant heritage status to the historic two-storey building located at Turi Bazaar. Thereafter, the matter was lying in limbo. The HT had highlighted the issue on January 1 while, on January 7, a notification for the same was issued by the state government.