The state government’s ambitious Golden Temple Entrance Plaza project has started showing results as it has facilitated smooth movement of devotees at the main entrance to the holy shrine with the authorities throwing open over 70 per cent of its area. Sources said the work on the open area of the plaza in front of the main entrance of the shrine was expected to be over by August-end.
Though the project was supposed to be completed by Diwali last year, it is consuming a lot of time as it involves intricate work on marble, especially brought from Rajasthan. A number of craftsmen engaged in the work hail from Rajasthan. The plaza is spread over 8,250 sq m. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal is personally monitoring the project. The authorities had partially opened the plaza for the devotees on Diwali last year which had eased congestion on the main gate of the shrine.
The sprawling area facilitates seating arrangement for the pilgrims in the form of benches built beautifully around the trees planted in the plaza. Besides, the new jora ghar (shoe-keeping facility) and gathri ghar (baggage room) have been opened.
In the second phase, a number of facilities are to come up in the basement. Among these are a state-of-the-art interpretation and information centre for tourists, a VIP lounge, a bank, an ATM, an airlines and railway enquiry, a multipurpose hall, a security and services area, toilets and other public conveniences.
The holy shrine is visited by thousands of devotees from across the globe every day. Their number crosses the one-lakh mark on special occasions like Gurpurb. The work on the plaza project was started in May 2011.
The renovated plaza has facilitated smooth movement of devotees at the shrine’s main entrance
The sprawling area has seating arrangement for the pilgrims
A new ‘jora ghar’ and ‘gathri ghar’ have been opened
In the second phase, a state-of-the-art interpretation and information centre for tourists, a VIP lounge, a bank and an ATM will be opened
Tribune News Service, Amritsar, May 10