Sri Anandpur Sahib, April 29, 2017: Local Bodies, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Archives & Museums Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu accompanied by the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana Kanwar Pal Singh (also MLA of Sri Anandpur Sahib) on Saturday visited ‘Virasat-E-Khalsa’ here.
Batting for the need to generate independent sources of income to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of such heritage museums, the Minister said that the cost of running Virasat E Khalsa comes to Rs. 90 Lakhs every month out of which Rs. 30 Lakh is paid to the company maintaining the complex. He emphasized on the need to chalk out novel strategies to keep the complex functional in the long run.
Divulging more, he said that a special project would be initiated on the empty 60 acres of land adjoining the Virasat E Khalsa so as to come in handy in making the architectural wonder self reliant.
The Minister further said that adequate arrangements and top notch facilities for the night stay of the devotees is the need of the hour in order to help them connect more deeply and spiritually with Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib where as now, they have to return the same day. He also announced that all the 3 Takhts of Punjab would be connected in one circuit which would prove to be hugely beneficial in connecting the people of Punjab with their rich and glorious cultural as well as religious heritage.
On the occasion, Speaker Rana Kanwar Pal Singh said that he had raised the issue with S. Navjot Singh Sidhu regarding exploring and tapping the tourism related potential of Sri Anandpur Sahib and it is a matter of great elation for him that the Minister has paid special attention to the issue. He said that he is hopeful that the Minister would formulate a special plan for the development of whole area.
Among others present on the occasion included Principal Secretary Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Gurneet Tej, Director Tourism Navjotpal Singh Randhawa, Additional General Manager Virasat E Khalsa B.S. Chana and Rakesh Kumar Garg.