Patna Sahib, the birthplace of the tenth Sikh Guru, is considered one of the holiest places by Sikhs around the world, besides being a major tourism attraction for people from all communities.

Bihar government has drawn up plans for grand celebrations in January 2017 to mark the historic occasion and is gearing up to put its best foot forward.

As people from several parts of India, and outside including Canada, the UK, the US, Australia are expected to converge here, a temporary tent city has been planned and the Patna Sahib shrine is racing against time to finish the new constructions on its premises.

"A temporary tent city spanning over 75 acres has been proposed to be set up on the banks of Ganga near Kangan Ghat. The area has already been earmarked. All facilities including toilets, lighting, water would be provided to pilgrims there," a top government official said.

Commissioner, Patna Division, Anand Kishor said, "On the 350th birth anniversary, all roads will lead to Patna. And, we want to be fully ready to welcome this huge rush of pilgrims.

It is not about one event, but Bihar's image itself." "The countdown has begun and timelines have been defined. All projects would be completed in time-bound manner. Inter -departmental conflicts have been resolved and 7-8 committees and sub-committees have been set up to smoothly execute the big plan," Kishor told reporters.

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