Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 27
A controversy arose after Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust authorities here allegedly turned away Panchayat Raj Department’s officials when they went there to get estimates of works to be done there.
This reportedly angered Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik who asked DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha to take legal action against trust secretary SK Mukharji.
Malik has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for creating more facilities for the visitors coming to pay tributes to the martyrs.
XEN Sanjiv Gupta, said that JE Bhagat Singh had gone to the park and met its secretary SK Mukharji. He informed that Mukharji refused to let them take estimates while stating that the national monument comes under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and no development work could be initiated without ASI’s permission.
The team returned and informed the MP on what happened at the memorial.
Malik said as the centenary celebration of Jallianwala Bagh massacre was to be held in 2019, I sanctioned funds from my MPLAD quota to improve the prevailing poor conditions at the memorial.
The money was meant for carrying out repairs of fountains, ceiling fans, installing more water coolers, fixing doors of the toilets, changing broken water taps, faulty lights so that tourists did not face any inconvenience.
“Do these works need the ASI’s permission?” he questioned and added that we are not tempering with the structure where ASI would have raised objections. “The historical site is not a personal property of anyone,” he said. He said he asked DC to take prompt action against Mukharji while alleging that denying these works was politically motivated.
Sangha said that he received a call from the MP and said that he would look into the matter and try to resolve the issue amicably.
Mukharji could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
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