Amritsar, Punjab: On your next visit to Harmandar Sahib, you can be sure your quest for calm and serenity will remain uninterrupted by the irksome mobile rings. The SGPC has installed phone-jammers around the sanctum sanctorum.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said jammers had also been installed at three gurdwaras in Fatehgarh Sahib and more were proposed at other shrines to ensure the tranquility was not broken, and pilgrims could partake of the hymns and prayers undisturbed. Although the SGPC had put up several notice boards asking for mobiles to be switched off in the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandar Sahib, many pilgrims ignored the advice unabashedly.
Kirtan (hymns), as well as its live telecast, was also disturbed often. On complaints that certain “ragis” and “pathis” too carried phones while on job, the SGPC had earlier banned the use of mobiles by its staff.
Meanwhile, the SGPC has asked for demonstrations from firms that have filed tenders to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the shrine’s premises for security. A panel will finalise the order in a few days.