No "heritage city" status for Amritsar: Govt

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  1. Daredevil

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    No "heritage city" status for Amritsar: Govt

    Punjab Newsline Network
    Friday, 11 December 2009

    NEW DELHI: A forceful demand for declaring Amritsar a 'heritage city' was rejected in the Lok Sabha, with the government saying there was no legal provision to do so either in India or under the UNESCO rules.

    The government on Friday rejected heritage city status to Amritsar on grounds that its population was less than one million, the cut off for classifying a city as “mission”.

    Amritsar houses 10.03 lakh people (2001 census), 3000 more than the technical requirement for shifting it from Category B to C, the category which lists 28 cities on the basis of their religious, historical and tourist importance. These cities get greater financial contribution on the patter of 80:20 to develop their infrastructure.

    But the government today steered clear of BJP member Navjot Sidhu’s persistent and emotional appeals to not bury the significant issue under the debris of technicalities, and instead spare a thought for the legacy of Amritsar.

    Calling the attention of the government to the urgent need to grant “heritage city status” to Amritsar, and classify it as Category C under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Sidhu recounted the pride of place which Harmandar Sahib enjoyed in the world, with top international leaders making time to offer prayers there, including Queen Elizabeth and the Canadian PM.

    “The SGPC says two lakh people daily offer prayers at the Golden Temple,” Sidhu said, in the House, most members uniting behind him, including the Congress MPs from Punjab.

    “The Prime Minister has twice promised heritage status to Amritsar,” said the Amritsar MP, beseeching the PM to honour his word.

    “Can we negate the history of Amritsar, the fact that it houses the temporal seat of Sikh religion, it is a birthplace of Luv and Kush; it is a historical treasure?” Sidhu asked. He rued the fact that while Lahore is a world heritage site, Amritsar is struggling for heritage tag in India.

    The opposition, led by Deputy Leader of the BJP Sushma Swaraj, backed Sidhu’s demands. She requested leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee, whose birthday it was, to gift to the nation the heritage status for Amritsar. Pranab was silent but did not appear opposed to the appeals.

    Minister of State for Urban Development Sugata Ray, however, made matters queer when he said there was no provision for declaration of a city as a heritage city under the ministry.

    “Punjab has a balance of Rs 145 crore under the JNNURM. Amritsar can use these funds to take up projects for development of heritage areas,” he said to agitated BJP members, who said they were asking for recognition, not alms.

    The House saw a brief disruption on the matter, especially so when Sidhu referred to an urban reform which empowers national steering group under the JNNURM to delete and add cities to Category C, on the basis of suggestions from states.
     
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    Fantastic speech by Navjot Sidhu on denial of heritage status to Amritsar



    It is again very sad that Sikhs are denied the respect and recognition when a Sikh is prime minister. Another one being keeping silent and doing nothing on 1984 riots.
     
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    Congress led centre has traditionally given a step motherly treatment to Punjab. I am not surprised that it has not given heritage city status to Amritsar.
     
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    What are the benefits of being a heritage city? Increased land value?
     
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    GOD...i am starting to really hate this govt....
     
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    Funds for development, conservation, preservation and protection of heritage locales, buildings, sites etc. Increased tourism, renewed interest, cultural renaissance(?) and global recognition.
     
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    I can't understand why we can't make Amritsar an Heritage city, any real reason other than stupid technicalities,,, ????
     
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    O.K. Are there any other Indian cities that currently have this status?
     
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    This is the first time i saw Sardar Sidhu in the parliament and he is trying to hit sixes but only gets 0s..

    Sardhar Sidhu though thought and then wrote thunk on his exam paper. What sort of garbage is hurling at everybody, may be we should declare Triputhi also as an hertiage site or better still make patna as another hertiage site for all the frauds and criminals come to visit. Pajji need a spanking.
     
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    These type of things divide each other and makes us hate each other. Give our people some self respect. Why wouldn't Amritsar "heritage city"? Thats some dumb shit!
     
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    as the holiest city of the sikhs, and considering the fact that this is where sikhism originated and this is where its' stronghold is, amritsar should be given heritage status.
     
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    Rather ranting melodies for symbolic political mileage he should effort to develop basic infrastructure and encourage SGPC to invest money to acquire more and more land for Darbar sahib periphery. I am in big favor of erasing urban development outside the galiyara. The damage has been already done by the Amritsarians them self. Now by declaring and getting more and more assistance is not going to change the realities.

    Why Amritsar city needs heritage status. I have been to Darbar every weekend for 16 years of my life. Darbar sahib is heritage and that is what matters to me. Sidhu should vow to declare many other sites to be regarded as heritage rather a hectic city.
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    Sidhu should discuss this issue with local Amritsaraians those who are encroaching lands illegally doing bussiness with the nexuses of municipal corporation and politicians. Amritsar lack basic infrastructure. Only inside Darbar sahib the marvelous systems are in place to serve pilgrimages but out side the premises people are on their own. If Sidhu have guts then he should demolish all surrounding illegal bussiness encroachments and provide world class infrastructure facilities like Makka Medina. I could have appreciated him more if he can get money from state and national govt to develop surroundings of Darbar sahib and to restore many historic buildings already turned into rubble or Gurdwaras of less importance for tourists.

    Why GoI will hesitate to declare the whole city as heritage is to do with initiatives of SGPC who will at the end of the day will blame Govt. to be less sensitive and interfering in their bussiness which they are doing with local population and earning revenues. Also GoI knows whom to give credit if will declare so. It will be SGPC not BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. SGPC should draft this case to GoI.
     
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    Sardars how many of you are pissed of by this decision?
     
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    Lets assume that if GOI has pushed for 'Heritage Status' for Amritsar. Amritsar get the status. Very next day we can see other half dozen city representatives demanding same for their city. This is India. People will start blocking roads, hunger protest for 'discrimination' in giving such status. Another controversy month.

    Regional parties will make this their bread. Maharashtra, AP, Rajastan leaders will line up for such status regardless those cities deserve it or not. Its better these decisions are not taken by central GOI.
     
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    Congress government treats Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in a step motherly treatment, man. These scumbags are against all of us three for some crazy reason. The kind of treatment you said is reserved for us three. Bloody slaves of foreign powers ruling our country.
     

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