JASWANT SINGH GANDAM / RAMAN NEHRA
India Post News Service
SULTANPUR LODHI/PHAGWARA: One of the main desires of the pilgrims arriving at Sultanpur Lodhi during the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev will be to take a dip (Ishnan) in the holy Kali Bein, which is connected with many events in the life of the founder of the Sikh faith, and to fulfil that, the Punjab government has decided to release 500 quesec freshwaters into Kali Bein from October 23 at
Revealing this here October 17, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who was in the city to review the preparations and arrangements for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations, said, “Keeping in view the importance of the holy Bein in the Sikh religion, the government of Punjab has decided to facilitate the pilgrims for a holy dip in this historic Bein, where Guru Nanak Dev used to have Ishnaan.”
He also added that it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the devotees during the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations.
He further added that 500 quesecs of freshwater would be released from the Mukerian hydel project, which would provide a fresh lifeline to the ecology of the holy Bein. The minister informed that the Punjab government has spent Rs 4.96 crore at Mukeriyan hydel project for concrete lining of the banks of the holy river to release freshwater in the Bein.
“Gurdwara Ber Sahib to Busowal curve, the one-kilometer stretch of the holy Bein, will witness a complete transformation, and during the grand celebrations the four-kilometre stretch from Gurdwara Sant Ghat to Busowal curve will be open for pilgrims”, he added.
The two-platoon bridge being constructed at the Kali Bein will be completed and after a trial run, it will be opened for the people. To ensure the safety of the devotees, a steel railing would be installed along the banks of the holy Bein besides deployment of 150 professional swimmers to meet any emergency situation, the minister said.
Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema and Deputy Commissioner D.P.S. Kharbanda were also present among others.