January 13, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Lahore: To facilitate Sikh devotees, a tunnel will be constructed from the railway track to the Gurdawara Nankana Sahib.
According to a report in The Express Tribune (ET), Lahore Division Commissioner Dr Mujtaba Piracha said that in order to ensure the hassle-free entry of Sikh yatris to the Gurdawara of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib, a tunnel will be constructed. It will not only provide direct entry of Sikh pilgrims, but will also ensure their security and that of locals.
“Presiding over a meeting on Saturday, Piracha said the proposed tunnel would be 205 metres long and 15 to 16 metres wide. He added a large number of Sikh pilgrims were being expected to attend the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib in 2019”, the Express Tribune reported.
He highlighted that Pakistan Railways officials would soon visit the site and make a detailed feasibility. A no objection certificate (NOC) would also be issued soon by the Evacuee Property Trust Board, Pakistan Railways and Punjab Education Department. The Divisional Intelligence Committee (DIC) had already allowed construction of the tunnel from a security point of view, he disclosed. The division commissioner underlined that the design of the tunnel should be multipurpose and of the best standards.
Nankana Sahib deputy commissioner, district police officers, representatives of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) and senior officials of the relevant government departments attended the meeting.