NAPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SATNAM SINGH CHAHAL SAID THAT
THE VILLAGE SHOULD BE RECREATED AS IT EXISTED DURING GURU
NANAK DEV’S PERIOD
After making a move towards opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the
US based Sikhs under North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has
sent a petition to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to recreate Kartarpur Sahib, as was established and envisioned by Sri Guru Nanak Dev. The Sikhs appealed to the Pakistan Government to develop Kartarpur
Sahib- the last abode of Guru Nanak Dev as a ‘Heritage village’ with planning and architecture in sync with the Sikh history. They also demanded that even the forests, environment, culture and commercial establishments should also be like that of the era went by. In the petition, NAPA Executive Director Satnam Singh Chahal said that Kartarpur Sahib should be reset as a ‘Heritage village’, where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life. “The heritage of Kartarpur Sahib was the fields that Guru Nanak Dev tilled with his own hands, the place where he lived, the trees he sat under and the place where he passed his legacy to Guru Angad Dev”, he said.
Chahal said that to recreate the heritage village, local building materials such as Nanakshahi bricks, mud, wood with minimum use of the
concrete should be ensured. “The Pakistan government should ensure
that National College of Arts, Lahore and other excellent institutions
of their country could work with the Department of Planning and Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar which specialized
in Guru’s period of architecture for preparation of the Master Plan”,
he mentioned. He also pointed out that the master plan should also include work on Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side. “If allowed, the Kar-Sewa groups should be made to comply with the architecture and heritage planning approved under the master Plan”, he said.
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