No to ACs, yes to hi-tech sound system at Golden Temple

He said technicalities of the AC installation and opposition to the proposal had been taken into account while deciding to stall the move.

“We wanted that the heritage and serenity of the Darbar Sahib remain intact,” he added. Various SGPC members, including Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Manjit Singh Calcutta and conservationist Gurmit Rai, besides Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) had spoken against setting up ACs.

Intach convener Dr Sukhdev Singh said how could ACs be installed at the structure which is already exposed to the pollution around it and its foundation in water?

On the other hand, some SGPC members, who pushed the idea for installation of ACs, said when the sanctum sanctorum was electrified in 1920, similar reactions were heard. “People said lanterns and ghee diyas were more natural and the electric bulbs would mar the religious ambience around the gurdwara. The time will come when everyone will agree for ACs,” he said.

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