Friday, 13 May 2011

Souvenir shop opens at Jallianwala Bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust on Wednesday opened a souvenir shop at the historic monument here so that the tourists, who come here to pay tributes to martyrs, can take home something to remember their visit by.

Inaugurating the shop, Deputy Commissioner KS Pannu said, “People from different corners of the country visit the historical monument, but unlike other places, they had nothing to take back home from here. So, we thought of having these souvenirs which include T-shirts, models and photo frames.

“We will add more items in the shop as and when we receive suggestions in this regard.”

The souvenir shop will be run on no-profit-no-loss basis. At present, these souvenirs are priced at between Rs 270 and Rs 840.

The shop will also showcase small souvenirs like key rings priced as low as Rs 10, which can fit anyone’s pocket who visits Jallianwalla Bagh.

Apart from souvenirs, the trust also plans to make available at the monument the books penned about the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in 1919.

Pannu said that they have already initiated features like the tourist facilitation centre and the light and sound show.

He said tenders have already been floated for a Centrally-funded beautification project and the work would start in July. The Centre and the state government have allocated Rs 5.5 crore for the maintenance and beautification of the monument.

Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service, Amritsar, May 13

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