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Sidhu seeks Rs 100 cr from Centre for revamping Jallianwala Bagh

The state government is set to observe the 100th year of the 1919 massacre by the British Raj here next year.

punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2018 22:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindutsan Times, Amritsar
Navjot Singh Sidhu,Jallianwala Bagh,Amritsar Jallianwala Bagh
Navjot Singh Sidhu (HT File)

Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Monday that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a special package of Rs 100 crore for revamping Jallianwala Bagh as the state government is set to observe the 100th year of the 1919 massacre by the British Raj here next year.

Sidhu was taking stock of facilities to be provided to pilgrims visiting the place. Interacting with the media, the minister said that though a year remains for organising a state-level function to pay tributes to the martyrs, he wants to start preparations in this regard “from today”.

He said he will ask chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to constitute a committee of senior officers for it. The prime motive of observing the 100th year of massacre, he said, is to shine a light on the history of the heroes for the youth.

He said his department had already sought Rs 10 crore for development of the Jallianwala Bagh but he considers it inadequate.

Sidhu has, in his letter, requested the PM to intervene for a modern amenities, landscaping, world-class light and sound system and “an ambience that gives a world-class impression to this supreme place of sacrifice”.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 22:00 IST