ACs at Golden Temple
UT resident files petition in HC
The protests being raised by both Sikh and heritage conservationists across the world against the installation of two giant four ton air-conditioners (ACs) in the Golden Temple sanctum sanctorum took a leap ahead with the recent writ petition filed by a city resident Malkit Singh Jandiala.
The petitioner Malkit Singh, who is also the convener of the “Gurmat Sangeet Society”, has filed the writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and it will be taken up after the vacations on July 3.
Surprisingly, the SGPC had passed a resolution for installation of the ACs - one in the sanctum sanctorum and the other on the first floor of the Golden Temple.
Sikhs all over the world and heritage experts expressed dissent towards it as the decorations on the wall would get damaged while installing them.
The variation in micro climate because of the installation of the ACs would also damage the decorations.
The walls in Golden Temple are decorated with in-laid marble panel, frescoes or clad with gilded copper embossed sheets.
However, the greatest threat from these six-feet monsters is to the beautiful frescoes and heritage building.
Interestingly, the resolution of installing the ACs, security cameras and mobile jammers in the shrine was passed by the SGPC for the benefit of its granthis and VVIP visitors.
The decision was reportedly taken on the request Surinder Kaur Badal, the Punjab CM’s wife, who is a regular visitor at the gurdwara every month.
The resolution has been criticised worldwide by many organisations. Conservationists are of the view that the walls of Harminder Sahib are made of burnt bricks and lime mortar and hence there was no need to install ACs.