SGPC indifference 150year-old baradari razed

The 2500-sq ft Baradari finds mention on page 67 in the book, “Tawarikh Amritsar”, published by the Dharam Prachar Committee. According to the book, the baradari was constructed during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The building was made of Nanakshahi bricks and there were four rooms on its each corner besides a big hall in the middle.

Red stones were used around the complex and many fountains were also set up to beautify the place. The King used the complex to change his monarchial dress before paying obeisance at the Golden Temple during his visit to the holy city.

The president of the SGPC said the building was in a poor shape. The committee had sought views of the experts who opined that it could not be repaired.

Meanwhile, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, said there was no need to lay the foundation stone for the administrative block as she had already laid the one on November 1, 2005.

However, the SGPC chief clarified that he had saved lakhs of rupees of the committee by handing over the work of the building to Baba Jagtar Singh of karsewa wale. He said as the contractor appointed by the former chief had refused to construct the administrative block, a resolution was passed by the five head priests to allot work to the Baba.


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