Sunday, 30 December 2012

7 years on, martyrs’ memorial (Chali mukte) still in ‘stage of discussion’



Despite an assurance from SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Maghi in January that construction work of the martyrs’ memorial (dedicated to Mai Bhago and 40 Muktas) would be completed before Maghi 2013, not even a single wall has been constructed.

The foundation stone, laid by the then president, SAD, Parkash Singh Badal and the then SGPC chief Jagir Kaur on May 4, 2005 on Tibbi Sahib road, is standing alone with the building nowhere in sight.

In the past seven years, a number of meetings have been held in this regard, but the fate of this proposed memorial still remains unclear.

When the foundation stone of the memorial was laid, it was announced that the design had been approved and the amount required would also be sanctioned shortly, but no work has been witnessed on the ground yet.

The SGPC had formed a committee that was given the task of completing the construction work before January 2013, but when The Tribune interacted with a member of the committee, he said that he was not sure about the date of commencement of the construction work.

“There is some change to the original plan of constructing the memorial on Tibbi Sahib road. The site of memorial may be changed or the actual plan may also be dropped, as the SGPC may take over another Sikh memorial in the town, which is at present under some government department,” he said.

Jarnail Singh, manager, gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Muktsar, who is also the member of the committee assigned the task to build the memorial, said, “As of now, there is no scheduled date to commence the construction work of the martyrs’ memorial. It will take some more time as the project is at the stage of discussion.”

Repeated attempts to contact SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar proved futile.

Timeline

May 4, 2005: Parkash Singh Badal and Jagir Kaur lay the foundation stone

January 2012: SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar assures that work will be completed by Maghi 2013

Archit Watts, Tribune News Service, Muktsar, December 28

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