Chandigarh – Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the director of the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department to submit a proposal for the development of a memorial in Bassi Pathana’s Sub jail where Guru Teg Bahadur was imprisoned. Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh guru and was believed to have been confined in Sub jail for three months on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. A demand for the same had been raised by the ‘head granthi’ and the manager of the historic Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib from where the chief minister had returned here on Tuesday. Singh, who convened a high-level meeting at his official residence within hours of his return, also accepted other demands raised by Head Granthi Bhai Harpal Singh and manager Jasbir Singh in a memorandum, an official release said on Wednesday. These included strengthening and widening of roads within 10-km radius of the gurdwara, as well as beautification of the road from Baba Moti Ram Mehra Gate (near Talanian) to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Gate, passing through Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdwara Jyoti Sarup. The chief minister also directed the PWD secretary to work out detailed proposals and estimates to implement these projects at the earliest. Singh had visited the gurdwara to pay his respects to the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, his sons, Sahibzadas Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, and his mother Mata Gujri. He directed officials to undertake the beautification and development of the area for the large number of devotees visiting the gurdwara every daw. The chief minister also gave approval for the construction of 10 bathrooms in the area adjoining Fatehgarh Sahib for devotees who converge there during “Shaheedi Jor Mela’.
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