Kapurthala, Fatehgarh Sahib to be developed as heritage towns

Union Government Secretary K K Chkravarty, who is also member Secretary of Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, had visited Kapurthala, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Faridkot to study the scope of intangible heritage, dying traditions of Punjab and cultural traditions a few day ago.

Mr Chakravarty, when contacted, on Tuesday said he had spoken to Principal Secretary Geetika Kalha for the documentation of the dying traditions of the State and need for the preservation of the old monuments seeing their traditional importance. Mr Chakravarty had visited all the historical monuments in the town.

After the visit of the Union Secretary, the Punjab Government has started preparing a plan for the conservation of these heritage buildings with the help of Central Government grants and the Punjab Government was expecting to get Rs 25 to 50 crores from the Centre this year for the repair of these heritage buildings.

Ms Geetika Kalha, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh and Gurmit Rai, a conservative consultant, visited all the old monuments to study the maintenance and use of these heritage buildings.

She directed the Deputy Commissioner to constitute a society under his chairmanship to look after these buildings, which would be handed over to the administration after its necessary repair and to prepare a plan for the use of these buildings to attract the tourists.

She also directed the DC to submit the site plans of these buildings to consultative agency for preparing a report for submission to the Centre the release of grants within a week.

Addressing a meeting of officers, she said the fast food restaurants to be run by a private entrepreneurs would be opened at Kapurthala, Kanjli picnic spot and Sultanpurlodhi and the Government would spend rupees sixty lakhs on it.

Later Principal Secretary visited Kanjli and Subhanpur Chowk on Jalandhar-Amaritsar National Highway, from where the sacred Kali Bein passes to beautify the spots for the tourist attractions.

It is pertinent to mention here that all the historical monuments in Kapurthala depicts the French Archtiecture. Jagatjit palace now housing Sainik School Kapurthala is the replica of Palace of Versailles in France and the Moorish que is the replica of Morrocan que .

Ms Kalha told reporters that Kapurthala was going to be developed as a tourist destination by the State Government to tab its tourist potential. 

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