Lahore: The restoration and expansion work at the Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore is underway at a fast pace and once completed the historic worship place will accommodate Sikh pilgrims, according to news published on June 21.
As per the details, the expansion work includes the construction of ‘Langar Khana’ in the basement, an elevated platform in the basement to fortify the ground floor housing ‘Diwan Sahib’, and a prayer hall on the ground floor. Additionally, small domes will be constructed and white marble tiles will be installed. The restoration and expansion work is expected to be completed by the end of December this year.
Moreover, Additional Secretary (Shrines) Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Rana Shahid mentioned that the arrival of Sikh pilgrims put pressure on the current housing capacity. To resolve, the ETPB is considering establishing a basement under the lawns of the gurdwara under the ‘Card Projected Plan’.
It was mentioned that ETPB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National College of Arts (NCA), Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) and Punjab Archaeology Department for the restoration and preservation of gurdwaras. The ETPB chairman stated that all efforts are being made to offer the best facilities to the pilgrims.