He will also lay foundation stone of AIIMS on the same day and will again visit in first week of December to lay stone of Adampur Airport
Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Punjab on November 25 to lay the foundation stone of Rs 926 crore the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS) at Bathinda. On the same day, the PM will also open and dedicate the second phase of Virasat-E-Khalsa to the nation at Anandpur Sahib.
Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla, who is also the Minister of State in Union Government, confirmed the programme. The PM is further expected to visit the state in the first week of December to lay the foundation stone of Civil Airport at Adampur in Doaba region.
According to details, the PM on November 25 will first lay the foundation stone of AIIMS at Bathinda and then fly for Anandpur Sahib. Among the top rung leaders of the state, various Union ministers including Harismrat Kaur Badal of SAD and Vijay Sampla of BJP will also be present on both occasions.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier the centre had planned to allocate AIIMS in Hoshiarpur district as Sampla was much after that. However, Bathinda MP and Union cabinet minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal with the help of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal managed to convince the central government to allocate it in her constituency.
With the allocation of AIIMS in Malwa belt, people of the region see it as major reprieve. Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, while divulging details, said that 750-bedded AIIMS would spread over 170 acres of land on Bathinda-Dabwali road, which earlier belonged to Punjab Agricultural University’s regional research station.
Meanwhile, the second phase of Virasat-e-Khalsa that is also expected to be opened on same day with Prime Minister dedicating it nation.
A senior officer dealing with project informed that the first phase of Virasat-E-Khalsa was having 14 galleries of the museum depict to Sikh history from Guru Nanak’s era to the installation of Guru Granth Sahib. In the second phase, it will have an addition of 13 new galleries, constructed at a cost of Rs 71 crore. The second phase will showcase the subsequent eras, including the times of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and Maharaja Ranjit Singh, as learnt.
The officer concerned also mentioned that the second phase, the galleries will take visitors to the era of Sikh gurus and ensure a deep dip in the religious colour. With one gallery constructed with a theme of ‘Communion with God’, is reportedly a museum highlighting the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib, where Gurbani will be recited in three languages.
Another important gallery will be dedicated to the Misl period, where the visitors will experience the automated mannequins of Sikh warriors with robes and armaments used by the respective Misls. One of the galleries is dedicated to the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his court.
Notably, the government has ensured that martyr Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Master Tara Singh and other political and religious Sikh leaders also get space in the galleries.
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