The Punjab government will start a pilgrimage scheme in November, under which people will be taken to visit religious places through the buses of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and Punjab Roadways.
The scheme was started by the then Akali-BJP government, and the Aam Aadmi Party government is now going to start it on the same lines.
Under the scheme, people will be taken to visit religious places by buses of PRTC and Punjab Roadways. Eight buses will be provided for each assembly constituency.
In the first phase, the Sikhs will visit the three Takht Sahibs located in Punjab. Sangats of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Sri Amritsar Sahib, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Talwandi Sabo, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib will be given darshan.
After this, Takht Sri Patna Sahib located in Bihar and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib located in Maharashtra will be visited. The Punjab government will arrange special trains for the darshan of both the throne consorts from outside the state.
This pilgrimage scheme of the Punjab government will start from November 24, which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann.
The Transport Department of Punjab has started preparations for this. The department has started a series of meetings for the success of the scheme.
The department has drafted the Pilgrimage Scheme under which the first phase of the Pilgrimage Scheme will start on November 24 while the second phase may start in the first week of January 2024.
The department will provide eight buses for the pilgrimage in each assembly constituency, according to which 400 to 500 people from each constituency will be able to visit the religious places.
It may be mentioned that the Pilgrimage Scheme was started by the late Chief Minister Parkash Singh of the then Akali BJP government, under which a large number of people of Punjab visited Takht Sahaban and other religious places. Apart from Takht Sahban, the AAP government will also conduct darshan of shrines of other religions.