Demolition of heritage site


The Punjab Heritage and Education Foundation is a registered society trying to maintain and construct the heritage in order to perpetuate the memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s glorious rule.

Its petition came up before the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant today.

It has stated that after the acquisition of the Swaraj Mazda-owned factory, which is located close to the historic site, the local administration has begun to bulldoze the site in order to extend the boundary of the factory which would only result in destruction of the historical hill opposite Ropar on the bank of the river Satluj.

Saying that it has been developing the site area as Maharaja Ranjit Singh Memorial National Historical Hill Park for which former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Punjab minister Jagmohan Singh Kang have made donations, the petitioner has stated that this showed the recognition being granted to its efforts in preserving a historic, heritage site.

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