The owner Sikh Museum on Balongi Road in Mohali
A three-day notice has been issued by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to Parwinder Singh ordering him to vacate the Sikh museum on Balongi Road, failing which it would be demolished by the authorities.
The Museum shows sculptures of events in Sikh history and has attracted thousands of visitors over the past 12 years. The owner claims the land was allotted to him but according to the GMADA he illegally occupied it.
The museum was formally inaugurated by Punjab minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs, Hira Singh Gabria in 2011.
The Sikh Museum – which is housed in a temporary structure on a 2-kanal plot – has been showcasing the brave history of the Sikhs through carved sculptures for the past 12 years.
GMADA claims the land used for the museum has been illegally occupied by Parwinder Singh howere he claims the land was allotted to him by the authorities long ago.
GMADA estate officer Rajdeep Kaur said: “We have got eviction orders from the Punjab and Haryana high court. We tried to help the owner vacate the land, but he wants another piece of land in exchange, which is not possible. He will have to vacate the land till Monday.”
A GMADA official said that the land was originally a burial ground which had been wrongfully occupied by Parwinder Singh.
“We have issued him a final warning to vacate the land or the structure would be demolished on Monday, the cost of which would be borne by him. The order for the eviction of the land had been issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and many times we have asked him to vacate it, but instead, he has started demanding another chunk of land in exchange. This is not acceptable to the authorities, so he has to vacate the land by Monday.”
Parwinder Singh’s sculptures on Sikh martyrs are usually made of fibreglass. He said: “This is not my fault, as this land was allotted to me for the museum, but the same land was later acquired by GMADA. Now tell me, what is my fault? I’m doing my work without any obstruction, and tourists from various countries come here to see the museum.”