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Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Project
05-13-2011, 05:37 AM
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Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Project

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Project
Unfair to rake up parking issue, says Sarna
Tribune News Service

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib

Amritsar, May 12
Slamming his critics for targeting him over the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj beautification project in New Delhi, DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna today said it was unfair to rake up the issue of multi-level car parking as it was only a small part of the project.

In a statement today, Sarna said: “The project was conceptualised for all-round development of the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj complex as a large part of it was lying unutilised. The prestigious project entails facilities like a study centre on Sikhism comprising a museum and a reference library, a convention hall, a multi-purpose hall, an air-conditioned langar and a multi-level parking for 3,000 cars.

“Apart from this, another sarai for pilgrims and modern residential quarters for ragis and senior DSGMC staff will also be raised.”

Sarna expressed surprise that some Sikh leaders were opposing the DSGMC move to beautify gurdwaras in Delhi. He said the same leaders had given a call to the Sikh sangat to boycott a “nagar kirtan” when a golden palanquin was sent to Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.

He alleged that they had also tried to obstruct the expansion and beautification of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in the past. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh who had initially agreed to lay the foundation stone of the project recently expressed his inability to keep the appointment, quoting “political commitments” as a reason for the same.

Criticism from certain quarters, including the opposition group in the DSGMC besides the SAD, was said to be the reason for the PM reconsidering his decision to inaugurate the project.

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