CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal approved a budget of Rs 74.55 crore for the construction of phase II of Virasat-e-Khalsa project showcasing the glorious history of Sikhs.
Presiding over a meeting of Anandpur Sahib Foundation Trust, he also directed the Finance Department to release Rs 44.52 crore to mitigate the shortfall of the estimated budget for the project.
Badal asked his team to chalk out a comprehensive plan to initiate cultural activities like historical plays, recitation of “waar” (bards), patriotic song competitions and laser show, particularly on weekends, at memorials sites of Baba Bandha Singh War Memorial at Chhapar Chiri in Mohali, Wadda Galugharsa Memorial at Kup Rahera in Sangrur and Chhota Galughara Memorial in Khanuwan Chamb in Gurdaspur.

It was informed in the meeting that till date more than 18 lakh people had visited Virasat-e-Khalsa phase-I, built at a cost of Rs 250.52 crore and was dedicated to the nation on November 25, 2011. The work of phase-II from Gallery 15 to 27 would be completed by March 2014.

Latest techniques like light effects, holographic projections, stereoscopy 3D, video wall, cutouts, miniature sets, animatronics and augmented reality etc. would be employed for the construction of phase II project by roping in world-class companies in these fields.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the construction work on the Jang-e-Azaadi memorial dedicated to martyrs of the freedom struggle would commence within the next six months. Presiding over a maiden meeting of Jang-e-Azaadi Foundation here today, the Chief Minister said the memorial would be built over 25 acres at Kartarpur in Jalandhar district at a cost of Rs 100 crore.