3 women officers who took charge of Gurpurb celebrations

Tribune News Service

Sultanpur Lodhi, November 30

Three women officers, who occupy key posts in the district administration on Monday took charge of the conduct of 551st Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev at the holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi.

The three officials who looked after the Parkash Purb’s frolics

Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal, SSP Kanwardeep Kaur and SDM Sultanpur Lodhi Charumita along with a team of officers had done all the planning of security, traffic, crowd management, drinking water facilities, washroom and other basic amenities for more than 4 lakh devotees during the event.

Thousands of devotees pay obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib during the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Sultanpur Lodhi on Monday

"This time, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in the form of Covid. There was an uphill challenge to ensure strict adherence to protocols during the massive congregation here. Also, 50,000 masks were distributed during the event and 50 hand-wash kiosks and sanitisation points were set up." — Deepti Uppal, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala

"More than 2,000 cops were deployed to keep round the clock vigil. Also, CCTV cameras were installed as special checking teams were also formed. Traffic management, six parking lots were set up on all the roads leading to Sultanpur Lodhi for devotees." — Kanwardeep Kaur, SSP

"Ensuring cleanliness was one of the biggest task amid heavy footfall and task was managed with the help of more than 550 safai sewaks from adjoining Municipal Councils like Adampur, Bhogpur, Shahkot, Nakodar, Tanda, Dasuya, Nadala and others." — Charumita, SDM, Sultanpur Lodhi

Devotees partake of langar at a gurdwara in Jalandhar on Monday. Photos: Malkiat Singh

For the last 10 days, they were in the field constantly monitoring the arrangements in the pandemic days. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal, a 2011-batch IAS officer, said, “This time, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in the form of Covid. There was an uphill challenge to ensure strict adherence to protocols during the massive congregation here.”

Devotees light candles at a gurdwara in Jalandhar on Monday.

She said 50,000 masks were distributed during the event and 50 hand-wash kiosks and sanitisation points were set up to prevent the spread. Besides, testing was also carried out vigorously.

SSP Kanwardeep Kaur, a 2013-batch IPS officer, who recently joined Kapurthala, said that more than 2,000 cops were deployed to keep round the clock vigil. Also, CCTV cameras were installed as special checking teams were also formed. She said that for the traffic management, six parking lots were set up on all the roads leading to Sultanpur Lodhi for devotees.

SDM Charumita, a 2013-batch PCS officer, who was a key member of the team constituted for the events, said ensuring cleanliness was one of the biggest task amid heavy footfall and task was managed with the help of more than 550 safai sewaks from adjoining Municipal Councils like Adampur, Bhogpur, Shahkot, Nakodar, Tanda, Dasuya, Nadala and others. She said that 20 swimmers were also deployed around holy Bein to avert any mishap.

A luminous full moon is seen in the backdrop of an illuminated tomb of Gurdwara Diwan Asthan at Central Town, Jalandhar.

Projects completed & due

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday laid foundation stones of six projects to be completed at a cost of nearly Rs40.75 crore. Listing some other projects that had been announced and completed at Sultanpur Lodhi, the CM said the beautification of the holy Bein was done at a cost of Rs10.8 crore, while Guru Nanak Dev Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation & Training had been set up at a cost of Rs319 crore. “The Bebe Nanki College (girls) had been established in the area in this period and the widening and construction of six roads had been completed at Rs30.7 crore, along with upgradation of the railway station to facilitate followers and other travelers,” he added.

For easy movement towards gurdwara Ber Sahib, three high-level bridges have been constructed on Bein at a cost of Rs9.30 crore, in addition to two overbridges at Rs1.4 crore and two pontoon bridges at Rs2 crore. The rest house had also been raised at a cost of Rs2.4 crore, while Rs6 crore was spent on upgradation of the bus stand, apart from setting up of 66 KV sub-station at a cost of Rs11 crore.

He also asked MLA Navtej Singh Cheema to submit a proposal regarding new development projects, if needed, in the region. Cheema urged the CM to grant funds for strengthening of basic amenities and infrastructure development in colonies adjoining the rail coach factory, where more than 25,000 people were residing.

Farmers’ issues raised

The CM stressed on disseminating the ideology and message of ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ as envisioned by Guru Nanak Dev. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Sunil Jakhar, and Khadoor Sahib MP, Jasbir Dimpa, took the opportunity to eulogise a strong stand of the CM on farmers’ issues.

Head of Namdhari Sect Satguru Uday Singh said Punjabis had always been at forefront for the welfare of all sections of the society, which they had proven even during the pandemic crisis by extending all possible help to the needy besides continuing the langar to feed the hapless people. He also appreciated efforts of the state government to help the migrant labour by providing them timely transportation.

At gurdwara Sri Ber Sahib at Sultanpur Lodhi, the CM was presented siropa by SGPC members Jathedar Sarwan Singh Kular and Bibi Gurpreet Kaur Ruhi. The CM also honoured head Budha Dal Baba Balbir Singh, Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, former Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh and other religious personalities.

Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Harminder Singh Gill, Pargat Singh, Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, Sukhwinder Singh Danny and BS Dhaliwal, former president PPCC HS Hanspa were also present on the occasion.

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