Punjab

WITH AN AIM TO IMPETUS TO TOURISM IN FEROZEPORRE DISTRICT, GOVT TO GIVE FACELIFT TO FIVE HERITAGE GATES IN CITY

February 14, 2020 08:20 PM

PROJECT WORTH RS. 60 CRORE ARE IN PIPELINE TO DEVELOP THE TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE AND CULTURAL LEGACY OF THE HISTORIC TOWN: PINKI

FEROZEPPORE (VIKRAMDITYA SHARMA)

With an aim to boost tourism in this border district, the state government has decided to give facelift to century’s old five heritage gates in the city at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. 

Divulging the details, MLA Ferozepur Parminder Singh Pinki, who played an instrumental role in initiating this project said that a mega project worth Rs. 60 Crore is in the pipeline to give impetus to the growth of tourism infrastructure in this district as a part of which Harike wetland is all set to be developed as a major tourist destination besides various tourism projects for Ferozepur district, said the MLA. He said that these projects would prove an upswing in the tourism activities in the city. 

FEROZEPUR WAS A WALLED CITY OF TEN GATES : OLD TIMERS

“ It was here that a walled city of 10 gates existed. Like other such structures, these were christened to indicate the name of the destination they would lead to” said P. D. Sharma, a social worker. The Delhi and Ludhiana (Baghdadi) gates were towards the south; Makhu towards the east; Bansawala towards the north; and the Kasur and Multan Gates on the west. Others included the Zira Gate, the Amritsari Gate, the Kasuri Gate, and the Magazine Gate. The present-day Baghdadi Gate on Mallanwalla road houses timber merchants like Jit Singh, whose family has been in this business here for decades.

The MLA said that this was the need of hour to ensure that young generations were made abreast of this rich heritage. Pinki said that keeping in view this fact the state government has given nod for initiating this key project under which restoration and renovation of these five gates would be ensured. 

The MLA further said that this ambitious project would start from the month of March and the five gates viz. Zira Gate, Makhu Gate, Magazine Gate, Multani gate and Delhi gate would be given a complete facelift. However, he said that while renovating the old traditional look of these gates would be preserved so that people could be connected directly with the past. he said that besides ensuring beautification of the city, the project aims at giving boost to the tourism in the city. 

The MLA said that Ferozpur is a historical city due to which there was a huge potential of tourism in the city. He said that this potential needs to be tapped for emerging the city further on the world tourist map. Pinky said that once completed this project would give major impetus to tourist potential of the city. 

FEROZEPUR WAS A WALLED CITY OF TEN GATES : OLD TIMERS

“ It was here that a walled city of 10 gates existed. Like other such structures, these were christened to indicate the name of the destination they would lead to” said P. D. Sharma, a social worker. The Delhi and Ludhiana (Baghdadi) gates were towards the south; Makhu towards the east; Bansawala towards the north; and the Kasur and Multan Gates on the west. Others included the Zira Gate, the Amritsari Gate, the Kasuri Gate, and the Magazine Gate. The present-day Baghdadi Gate on Mallanwalla road houses timber merchants like Jit Singh, whose family has been in this business here for decades.

 
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