The renovation and lift service for the Petaling Jaya gurdwara seems like a never ending story.
Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya (GSPJ), a city place of worship serving a large segment of city dwellers, remains the only major gurdwara in the Klang Valley with no lift for the convenience of the Sikh Sanggat (congregation).
The darbar sahib, or the prayer hall, is located on the second floor of a two-storey building, making it tough for the elderly and the handicapped to access as it. The gurdwara has an annex four storey building, also with no lift service.
When Asia Samachar recently ran a story of Gurdwara Sahib Taiping having successfully completed its lift project – a godsend for the large elderly Sikh community in Perak town about 270km from Kuala Lumpur – we received a number of messages asking about the fate of the Petaling Jaya gurdwara lift.
“It’s sad to see the elderly struggle every other day. I am a regular Wednesday visitor and a life member,” said Randhir Singh.
“The gurdwara building looks run down. Its time to refurbish, if not built a new temple, to cater and accommodate present day needs and demands,” he said.
There are plans to renovate the gurdwara, but it seems the successive committees have not been able to lift them off the ground.
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“GSPJ has more than a lift program,” GPSP management committee president Gordip Singh tells Asia Samachar in text message. “It has a four floor complex adjoining the main darbar sahib. We have to accommodate facilities for both as the shota darbar will be situated in the annex building. Plans are more or less finalised, subject to approval by the authorities.”
Once approved, he said the committee will call for quotations and an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) for budget approval.
Asked when the gurdwara will have a fully-functioning lift, he said: “Waiting for approval of plans. After that, eight months.”
He added the project is complex due to space constraints, requiring them to meet various legal requirements, including parking.
Some gurdwara members, however, are not convinced that the project will see daylight anytime soon.
“I’ve bee hearing about this renovation for many years now. Let’s see if they can get on with it,” said one member who declined to be named.
Taiping joined gurdwaras in Kuantan, Pahang, and Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, when it unveiled its lift, costing RM125,000 including the civil work, last month.
New gurdwara buildings – like the one in Shah Alam and Puchong as well as Subang Jaya which is now under construction – come planned with lift services.
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New lift perks up Taiping elderly Sikhs (Asia Samachar, 22 Sept 2017)
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Kuantan gurdwara gets a lift (Asia Samachar, 10 July 2016)
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