Plea to set up Heritage Park at Maharaja Ranjit Singh hill top at Ropar

While addressing a press conference here Saturday the Foundation president Gurbax Singh Shergill said the foundation wanted this park to be unique and magnificent befitting to the status of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the only sovereign king of this part of India, who defeated and checked the invading forces forever and extended the international boundaries of India on Afghanistan, Tibet and China frontier.

He said the site of park could not be as small as proposed by Swaraj Mazda Limited, which had offered so small area that a magnificent park could not be established there.

He said the heritage lovers in Punjab, India and abroad, who were willing to offer sufficient financial help for display of statues of Maharaja Ranjit Singh along with his cabinet members and famous general to make this park a unique site for national and international tourists.

Shergill also urged the Punjab government to complete the process of re-survey the area on hilltop near Ropar headworks and complete the process for issuing the notification for declaring the hill top as historical and protected monument under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Remains and sites Act,1964 with in stipulated period keeping in view the directions issued by Punjab and Haryana High Court last month on the PIL filed by foundation so as to pave the way for establishment of the park.

He said the government could either establish the park on its own or set up a permanent trust comprising the representatives of various concerned groups to manage the park under the overall umbrella of archeology and tourism department Punjab.

He said foundation would organize a heritage awareness convention at Ropar on September 17, where modalities of the process for establishing the national park would be discussed.


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