Chandigarh, November 24 – Haryana Chief Minister and Chairman, Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB), Mr. Manohar Lal said that in the first phase, excavation work of Sarasvati River from its origin point to Kurukshetra in three districts would be completed soon and directions have been issued to complete the work at war footing.
The Chief Minister said that budget amounting to Rs three crore has been made available to the Board during the current financial year which would be spent on setting up of office, construction of palaeo-channel, digging of bore wells, carbon dating and other works.
He said that three-day Sarasvati Mahotsav would be celebrated on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in three districts namely Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal in which information regarding Sarasvati would be given to people and literature would be distributed. Also, some scholars would inform people about the findings done so far about the Sarasvati.
The Chief Minister said that a steering committee has constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi so as to deal with any problem arising in the rejuvenation work of Sarasvati. The committee includes Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Public Works (Building and Roads), Tourism, Agriculture, Irrigation, Cultural Affairs, Town and Country Planning and Revenue departments.
He said that provision would be made to keep books, research papers and other materials related to Sarasvati River in district libraries of Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Yamunanagar so that information pertaining to Sarasvati could reach the masses. In this direction, digital libraries would also be set up in districts for which a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Member of Governing Body, Mr. Rao. The Committee would look after the setting up of digital library alongwith designing of the website of the Board.