Amritsar: The ongoing work at the entrance plaza in Golden Temple will be completed soon and the structure complimenting glory and grandeur of the heritage complex will be dedicated to public by the year end.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was here along with his wife to pay obeisance at the Harmandir Sahib, said once completed, the underground plaza will give a big boost to tourism activities at the shrine.
The project involves redesigning and refurbishing of the open space in front of the entrance of Golden Temple.
The state-of-art plaza will house world-class auditoriums where the rich cultural heritage of Sikhism will be put on display through an audio-visual information system.
Stating that the authorities have been asked to expedite the construction work, Sukhbir said the project will be completed in a stipulated time frame.
Talking about development of Amritsar, Sukhbir said once the master plans are fully implemented, Amritsar will become one of the beautiful cities of the country.
Congratulating new state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on his appointment, Sukhbir said this change of guard will not pose any threat to the government as the Shiromani Akali Dal will continue with its pro-people initiatives.
Referring to the Tarn Taran incident, where a girl was thrashed by some policemen, Sukhbir said the government is committed to zero-tolerance in crimes against women and based on the inquiry, strict action will be taken against the culprits.
He further said the state Budget for the financial year 2013-13 will be people-friendly.