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Regarding restoration of Gobindgarh Fort, which had been occupied by the Army for several years, Kalha said the Centrr had provided a special grant of Rs 10 crore for it. The fort houses treasure trove of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It was once also home to British general O’Dyer, notorious for Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The funds would be utilised for upkeep of the infrastructure, especially the interiors, which are in shambles, said the principal secretary.

A major makeover also awaits historic Ram Bagh gardens — associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh — which have remained neglected due to lack of funds. “A comprehensive design plan would be prepared for the maintenance work. Also special care would be taken to maintain the green cover,” she said, adding that the government is yet to take decision regarding the eviction of three social clubs. The law would take its own course as the case is pending in the court., she further said. Minister for tourism Heera Singh Gabria said the state government proposes to launch luxury tourist train on the pattern of ‘Palace on Wheels’.

He said the train would showcase rich Punjabi culture and folk traditions. Also traditional Punjabi food would be served to tourists on board.

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