Order to maintain status quo on heritage site

It has been 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 result in the destruction of the historical hill.

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 the heritage site.

Today a Division Bench, while directing the government to file its reply, told the petitioner to meet the Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr, on May 12 to discuss the issue work out a settlement.

The Bench adjourned the matter to July 11

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