The Union government has decided to redevelop and upgrade Jallianwalla Bagh as the nation proceeds to observe the remembrance of100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh massacre next year. The Government is planning to renovate the historical site by creating suitable infrastructure for providing basic amenities for the tourists. The Minister of State for Culture(I/c), Dr Mahesh Sharma visited the Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab yesterday along with Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, HardeepSingh Puri and officials from ASI and NBCC to review the preparations for remembrance of 100 years of ‘Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre’, in 2019.
A number of commemorative as well as constructive activities will be taken up during the remembrance period. A Committee has been constituted to ensure the timely implementation of the following:
- provide basic amenities for visitors
- renovate, upgrade and beautify the Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial, and
- develop Virtual Reality Theme Based show at the Memorial
The Jallianwalla Bagh is a public garden of 6 to 7 acres (2.8 ha), walled on all sides, with five entrances. The place is one of the live evidences of British Raj brutality against unarmed freedom fighters. The place has a memorial, designed by American architect Benjamin Polk which was inaugurated by President of India Rajendra Prasad on 13 April 1961. A flame was later added to the site. The bullet marks remain on the walls and adjoining buildings to this day. The well into which many people jumped and drowned attempting to save themselves from the bullets is also a protected monument inside the park.