Navjot Sidhu grants ₹15cr for ren­o­va­tion of Gobindgarh Fort

₹10.7 crore re­leased for int’l food street

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter, Pun­jab, Navjot Singh Sidhu in­au­gu­rated the World Food Fes­ti­val and tra­di­tional ‘ra­soi sam­me­lan’ here on Fri­day.

Sidhu also an­nounced a pack­age of ₹15 crore for the ren­o­va­tion and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Gobindgarh Fort.

The cab­i­net min­is­ter said that ₹10.7 crore had been re­leased for ten­der­ing for build­ing an in­ter­na­tional food street which will com­mence op­er­a­tions by 31st March, 2020.

The street will have 16 food courts, two restau­rants, cafe­te­ria, five art and craft shops, ex­hi­bi­tion hall and the con­fer­ence room, he said.Sidhu in­vited the world fa­mous chefs to open an In­dian culi­nary in­sti­tute in Pun­jab so as to give fil­lip to the tourism sec­tor in the state.

He as­sured the chefs that the state govern­ment will pro­vide as­sis­tance for the pur­pose apart from pro­vid­ing land.

“The youths are mi­grat­ing to for­eign shores spend­ing over ₹30-40 lakh.If a culi­nary in­sti­tute comes up in Am­rit­sar or Mo­hali then it would gen­er­ate job av­enues. Also, stu­dents from other coun­tries can come to In­dia to study,” he said.

Chair­man, World Chef As­so­ci­a­tion, Thomas Gug­gler said that such oc­ca­sions are an at­tempt to pre­serve tra­di­tional cuisines and culi­nary cul­ture.

The youths are mi­grat­ing to for­eign shores spend­ing over ₹30­ ₹40 lakh. If a culi­nary in­sti­tute comes up in Am­rit­sar or Mo­hali, it would gen­er­ate job av­enues. Also, stu­dents from other coun­tries can come to In­dia to study.

LOK VIRSA MU­SEUM OPENS TO PUB­LIC

Lok Virsa mu­seum in Ram Bagh Gate was thrown open to pub­lic in the pres­ence of lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu, mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion com­mis­sioner Son­ali Giri, here on Fri­day.

The his­tor­i­cal Gate was re­stored un­der Her­itage City De­vel­op­ment and Aug­men­ta­tion Yo­jana (HRIDAY).

The scheme was launched in Jan­uary, 2015 to fo­cus on the holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of his­toric and cul­tural sites in the city.

This pilot project is be­ing im­ple­mented in 12 In­dian cities in­clud­ing Ajmer, Amar­a­vati, Am­rit­sar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipu­ram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Ve­lankanni and Waran­gal.

The Ram Bagh Gate is sit­u­ated on the route from Ma­haraja Ran­jit Singh’s palace at the Ram Bagh Gar­den to the Golden Tem­ple.

Sidhu said, “With the restora­tion of all the 12 his­toric gates of the walled city and the other old parts, our lost cul­ture will be re­vived.The work will be com­pleted soon.”

He also ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of ar­chi­tect Gurmeet Rai who de­signed the restora­tion of Ram Bagh Gate.

“Along with Lok Virsa mu­seum, the Ram­bagh El­e­men­tary School and print­ing press on the sec­ond floor of this build­ing have also been re­stored, so that the el­e­ment of her­itage re­mains in­tact,” said Rai.

NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU, lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter

SAMEER SE­H­GAL/HT

Lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Lok Virsa mu­seum at Ram Bagh Gate in Am­rit­sar on Fri­day.

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