Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, March 16. To save the Golden Temple from the ill-effects of pollution, a plan is afoot to prepare “langar” with the help of a solar steam cooking system.
The plan is being chalked out by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA). A survey by Faridabad-based Max Engineering India Private Limited was carried out in this regard today.
The firm’s director, Dr Gurmeet Singh, said the facility would be established in various phases. In the first phase, equipment will be installed to prepare ‘dal’. To prepare “langar” for 50,000 to 60,000 devotees daily at the Golden Temple, one tonne ‘dal’ is cooked. “By cooking ‘dal’ with the help of steam, we will save at least 25 LPG cylinders and also keep the environment pollution-free,” said Gurmeet Singh.
PEDA chairman Manjeet Singh said they would bear the entire project cost.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is also planning to make Delhi gurdwaras solar-powered and ‘nagar kirtans’ plastic-free. Making this announcement, on the “Sikh Environment Day”, DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna said they would ban disposables in all the Delhi gurdwaras soon.
World Sikh Environment Day
Chandigarh: Over a thousand Sikh institutions and gurdwaras all across the world celebrated “Sikh Environment Day” last Wednesday at the behest of EcoSikh, a Washington-based organisation. Guru Har Rai took over as the Seventh Sikh Guru on March 14, 1644.
The Seventh Guru was instrumental in developing Kiratpur Sahib on the banks of a tributary of the Sutlej as a town of parks and gardens. He planted flowers, fruit trees and medicinal herbs for the benefit of the masses.