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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Administration halts work on shops at shrine complex, SGPC fumes

Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29

A tug of war has started between the SGPC and district administration over the construction of temporary shops in the parking lot opposite the historic Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

After the issue was raised by local MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra, the administration recently stopped the construction. However, SGPC members and SAD activists have opposed the administration's action.

Condemning the administration for "interfering in the religious affairs" of the Sikhs, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the land belonged to the SGPC and it had been auctioning the site for shops every year.

He said the SGPC would fight the "arbitrary" action both politically and legally.

Refuting the charges, SDM Sanjeev Kumar said though the land belonged to the SGPC, the parking lot was developed by the state government at a cost of Rs 75 lakh and the committee could not misuse it for any commercial activity.

He said the place was used as a VIP parking lot during the Shaheedi Jor Mela. He said if the SGPC wanted to use the land commercially, then it must apply for change of land use.

The SDM said the Municipal Council had served a notice on the SGPC, but the committee did not reply to it.

Nagra said the government was spending a huge amount of money on the beautification of Fatehgarh Sahib. He said a makeshift commercial complex, opposite the gurdwara, would be an eyesore.

from The Tribune

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