Chandigarh: Congress in Punjab on Thursday accused the SAD-BJP government of leasing out the 143-year-old heritage town hall building in Amritsar by converting the property into a commercial one by bending rules.
However, the Commissioner of Amritsar Muncipal Corporation D P Gupta denied the leasing of the Town Hall Building to any private party.
CLP leader Sunil Jakhar alleged to mediapersons in Chandigarh that a tripartite agreement had been signed between Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, Commissioner Municipal Corporation of Amritsar and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board to lease out the Town Hall building to a private party.
He said the market price of town hall building, which is built on 5 acres of land, was Rs 1,500 crore.
Jakhar threatened to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court if the state government did not abandon the move to turn the heritage place into a commercial space.

Gupta said renovation of the Town Hall Building was being done by Punjab Tourism Department to develop the entire area in order to attract tourists.

He said a "unique" look of the building would be created under the renovation project which would attract the tourists into staying for the night in the holy city after paying obeisance in the Golden Temple.
"Punjab government is the custodian of heritage properties. Instead of maintaining the same, SAD-BJP government is hell bent upon selling the same by throwing rules to the winds. We warn the Punjab government to stop work on selling the heritage town hall property otherwise we will be forced to move (Punjab and Haryana) High Court in this
regard," Jakhar said.


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