Fatehgarh Sahib. August.30, 2020: Railway Minister Payush Goyal has sanctioned over bridge instead of already sanctioned under bridge in front of the historical Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib on the condition that State government must contribute 50% of the cost, said Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra senior SAD(B) leader and former MP, while talking to the media persons at historical gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib here today. He said that the Railway Minister sanctioned the project during the video conference, which the Railway Minister was holding with nine MP and former MPs as he raised the issue with the Minister.
On the other hand Kuljit Singh Nagra MLA Fatehgarh Sahib had been making all out efforts since long for the under or over bridge and a team of Railway Officers on his request had visited the site and approved the under bridge, which was sanctioned. Now Bir Devinder Singh former Deputy Speaker has also joined the issue and in a press release he has warned that his party SAD(D) will not allow under or over bridge in front of historical Gurudwara Sahib as it will affect the beauty of the Gurudwara.
Prof. Chandumajra said that he had briefed the Railway Minister about the historical importance of the Gurudwara Sahib and told Lakhs of people come to pay obeisance. He said he told the Minister that due to under bridge, the main road will be divided in two parts and moreover it will be flooded with water during the rainy season and the Minister accepted his proposal. He has urged the State Government to take up the matter with the Railway Ministry and to sanction its share. Meanwhile Bir Devinder Singh said that his party will oppose the construction of under or over bridge as it will affect the look of historical Gurudwara as well as of Roza Sharif, Baba Moti Ram Mehra Gurudwara as well as Saheed Udham Singh memorial. He said when he was MLA Sirhind he had moved a proposal to construct a bypass and the government must work on that proposal.
Kuljit Singh Nagra was not available for Comments.