Makkar: SGPC will reconstruct historic monuments in state

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar today said Chamkaur di Garhi, the site of the martyrdom of Sahibzada Ajeet Singh and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh, would be reconstructed with “a touch of originality to the historic site”.

Talking to mediapersons here, Makkar said they would also reconstruct Thanda Burj (cold tower) at Fatehgarh Sahib where Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh attained martyrdom.

“A four-member panel has been constituted to erect the burj creating a feel of that particular period of history. The panel comprises noted historian Prof Kirpal Singh, Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Dr Prithipal Singh Kapur and historian Dr JS Grewal. SGPC secretary Roop Singh will be the coordinator of the panel.

Makkar said they would chart out the future course of action once the committee submitted its report to him. He said the SGPC was already reviving Guru-ka-Bagh and Gurdwara Charan Kanwal Sahib in Machhiwara by planting trees keeping in mind the olden times.

In another initiative, the SGPC will also open a school for the deaf and dumb children at Gurdwara Alamgir, Ludhiana, he revealed.

About the forthcoming Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections, Makkar said the SAD’s (Shiromani Akali Dal) agenda for the elections would only be released by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal. Lashing out at the Sarna brothers for the Gurdwara Bala Sahib episode and violent clash at Gurdwara Rakabganj, he said the electorate would give them a befitting reply with their mandate. He said they would restore transparency in gurdwara affairs in New Delhi after being voted to power in the DSGMC polls. 

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