IEP Chandigarh, December 6
The Haryana Government is making dedicated efforts to revive the saga of bravery and sacrifice of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur that has been recorded in the golden pages of history.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal while presiding over the meeting regarding the Museum and Theme Park to be set up in Lohgarh today, directed the officers concerned to prepare the design of the museum and theme park being built in an area of about 10 acres at Lohgarh in Yamunanagar in a state-of-the-art manner. In the first phase, the work of fort, main gate and boundary wall will be done.
Tourism, Art and Cultural Affairs Minister, Sh. Kanwar Pal and Member of Parliament, Sh. Sanjay Bhatia also remained present in the meeting.
Sh. Manohar Lal said that it is an ambitious project of the state government to develop Lohgarh, the capital of great Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, from a historical and tourism point of view.
The Chief Minister said that the museum should prominently showcase the entire life span of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur so that the younger generation would take inspiration from his life. He said that apart from the museum, a Shaheedi Samarak should be built, dedicated to many soldiers who were martyred along with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.
Museum will be a blend of history and the latest technology
The Museum will have a blend of the inspiring life history of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and the latest technology to give a glimpse of a new world for the visitors. Apart from the 3D projection display, weapons, costumes, setting up of giant installations have also been proposed. The life stories of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur will be shown through the Augmented Reality technique.
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a saint for society, a soldier for the enemies
The Chief Minister said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a saint for society, but a soldier for the enemies. He took up arms, defended the nation, and established the first Sikh state with a capital at Lohgarh. He made numerous contributions to the development of society and this is the reason that Haryana government is focusing upon developing Lohgarh as a pilgrimage, said Sh. Manohar Lal.
He said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was the first Sikh military chief to start a war against the Mughal rulers and also expanded the Sikh kingdom with his indomitable courage. His life has been inspirational.
Martial arts school will also be established
The Chief Minister said that a martial arts school should also be established in Lohgarh. For this, the Sports and Youth Affairs Department should study the design of this school and the inclusion of martial arts. He said that the martial arts school should impart training in traditional martial arts like Gatka, Thang-Ta, Kalaripayattu etc. Besides this, Yoga and Mallakhamba should also be included in the training schedule.
He said that the road from Lohgarh to Adi Badri should be widened and improved so that the tourists coming here can commute easily.
Lohgarh and Adibadri are being developed as tourist places
Sh. Manohar Lal said that along with Lohgarh, the state government is also developing Adi Badri from the point of view of tourism. Dam, barrage is being built in Adi Badri. Adi Badri is also of historical importance here due to its connection with Saraswati River. Therefore, in future, the area from Lohgarh to Adi Badri will become an important place from the point of view of tourism. The State Government is making continuous efforts to promote tourism in the state.
Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. D S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V. Umashankar, Principal Secretary, Tourism Department, Sh. M D Sinha, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Sh. Bharat Bhushan Bharti, Deputy Commissioner, Yamuna Nagar, Sh. Rahul Hooda, Additional Director (Admn.), Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Smt. Varsha Khangwal and other officers were present in the meeting