Friday, April 09, 2021

NRI pensioners write to Trudeau for direct flights between Vancouver/Toronto and Amritsar

The B.C. Chapter of the Association of NRI (Non-Resident Indians) Pensioners Abroad is requesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reach out to the Indian government to start direct flights between Vancouver/Toronto and Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in light of the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of the ninth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, all over the world this year.

They note that there has been an increasing demand for the direct flights by the Punjabi Diaspora, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents, students and their extended families, and by the Amritsar Vikas Manch (a community development non profit non governmental organization committed towards the cause for all round development of Amritsar.)

In a letter to Trudeau, Harcharan Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, and Jagrup Singh Khera, Patron, of ANRIPA, BC Chapter, Surrey, point out:

“Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar has a world record of visitors (over 35 million) in a year. Like Mecca for the followers of the Islam, Darbar Sahib is the most sacred place for the Punjabi Diaspora especially the Sikhs in the world. It is a holy pilgrimage and millions of devotees from all over the world are expected to pay their obeisance at Darbar Sahib during the centennial celebrations. Obviously, Amritsar would be a centre for various types of socio-religious and economic activities during the year and beyond. In addition, other historic and religious sites at Amritsar like Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Ram Tirath etc. do also attract visitors from abroad.

09/04/21 Indo-Canadian Voice

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