Posted by: Singh Is King | Saturday, August 4, 2007

Punjab upgrades Guru Gobind Singh Marg to state highway.


CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has upgraded the historic Guru Gobind Singh Marg from Sri Anandpur Sahib to Talwandi Sabo via Chamkaur Sahib, Machhiwara, Alamgir, Dina Sahib, Kotkapura, Jaito, Muktsar and Giddarbaha as State Highway No.1.

A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with PWD (B&R) Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa held here this morning. The Chief Minister said that the entire route of 577 KM would be upgraded by widening the road to at least 5.5 meters to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Modern signage and the plantation of traditional species of tress such as Neem and Shisham would be undertaken along with the entire route.

The Chief Minister asked the SGPC authorities to depute its Secretary to coordinate with the PWD(B&R) to provide basic inputs and background about the historical sites on the route to enable the department to put up reflective boards depicting brief history along with painted photographs about these sites for the information of general public. Badal also mentioned that aesthetically designed bold milestones along this route would be re-installed.

Badal revealed that he would take up the matter with the Chief Ministers of other states to declare the route on which the tenth master of Sikhs traveled in their respective states as ‘Guru Gobind Singh Marg’ upto Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, Maharastra

PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa explained that some portions of the historic Guru Gobind Singh Marg were link roads or district roads, now all these portions would be form part of the state highway and would be developed on a uniform pattern.

Dhindsa said that the route on which Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji traveled from Talwandi Sabo to Nanded Sahib was being identified from various agencies like SGPC, historians and Survey of India Maps. This exercise was being done in the department and shortly the project report would be finalized in consultation with other states.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Secretary PWD(B&R) Karan Avtar Singh, Chief Engineer (HQ) SMS Sandhu and Chief Engineer (IP) BK Bansal.

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