Sultanpur Lodhi, October 4, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Union Food Processing Industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today announced that the Railway Station here was being upgraded and modernized with a heritage re-look at a cost of Rs 22 crore and being connected with 26 new trains beside stating that two multi-media exhibits and a book fair would also be organized here to commemorate the 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.
The union minister disclosed that she has requested the union government to name Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Dera Baba Nanak as Sat Kartar ICP and the road stretch from Sultanpur Lodhi to international border as Guru Nanak Dev Marg. She also disclosed that she had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the inaugural function of the ICP on November 8 or 9.
Talking to the media here today after reviewing ongoing work as well as timelines for completion of all works, Mrs Harsimrat Badal said the Railways ministry was spending Rs 22 crore on upgrading and modernizing the railway station with a heritage relook. She said besides this the station platform height was being increased and a rail under bridge was under construction.
Railways officials also briefed the minister that a Multi- media Museum was also being set up at the Railway station in association with the Union ministry of Culture. Ministry officials visited the site to coordinate the exhibition which will focus on teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji using LED screens and 2-D effects.
She said Sultanpur Lodhi would also be connected with 26 special trains to facilitate pilgrims during the 550th celebrations. She also disclosed that the Delhi – Ludhiana Shatabdi was being replaced with a new super fast express.
Mrs Badal also reviewed work on a separate multimedia exhibition on the the life and teachings of Guru Sahib which will come up at Sultanpur Lodhi. The exhibiton is being put up by the Union Information ministry.
A ministerial delegation identified a suitable place of around 15,000 feet on the occasion. The officials briefed the union minister that the exhibition, which would be interactive and provide a multimodal experience to pilgrims, would be ready by November 1, 2019.
Officials from the National Book Trust (NBT) visited Sultanpur Lodhi to finalize the location for the Book Fair which will be organized from November 1 to November 12.
Mrs Badal disclosed that the Book Fair would comprise a collection of books on life and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji which would be provided at nominal cost to buyers. She said NBT would also publish three books on Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji written in Punjabi into 15 Indian languages.
The union minister expressed satisfaction over the status of implementation of various initiatives being taken by the union government and apprised the media that celebrations were being coordinated and carried out not only in India but around 100 countries across the globe. She said Sultanpur Lodhi would soon turn into a white city and said Gurdwara Ber Sahab would be spectacularly lit for the celebrations.
She also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the historic decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor as per the sentiments of the Sikh Sangat and urged the people of Sultanpur Lodhi to warmly welcome the ‘sangat’ coming from India and abroad and spread the message of Sarbat da Bhala.
Former minister Upinderjit Kaur and S Darbara Singh Guru were also present on the occasion.