Saturday, 2 April 2011

Golden Temple replica at checkpost in poor shape

A replica of the Golden Temple that was installed at the Attari-Wagah checkpost to attract visitors, especially from the Pakistan side, is in a state of dilapidation.

SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar had unveiled it amid much fanfare in March last year. Besides attracting visitors from Pakistan and tourists from all over the country, who come here to watch the Retreat ceremony, the main aim was to spread a message of peace, humanity and equality enshrined in Sikhism.

“ Though the authorities had installed this model to promote tourism and spread a message of peace and harmony, it should appoint someone for its proper upkeep. It gives very bad impression on the state of affairs of the authorities responsible for its maintenance,” said Nilesh Kumar, a visitor from Delhi. Dilmegh Singh, Secretary (SGPC), said he was unaware of the matter. “As it has been now brought to my notice, we will take care of it and send a team for its repair,” he said.

PK Jaiswar, Tribune News Service,Attari, April 1

Video of installation of the Replica on March 2010. 


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