Slough, UK—Ambitious plans to plough £15m into building a new gurdwara to ‘cater for future generations’ as a one-stop shop for Sikh education have been revealed.
The Slough Sikh Sangat Trust (SSST) held its first meeting this week.
The group announced its grand plan to build an ‘inclusive’ gurdwara and education and media complex that aims to attract Sikhs from across Slough and surrounding areas.
The trust said the current two gurdwaras, in Sheehy Way and Woodlands Avenue, do not have a ‘vision and strategy’ to cope with the additional needs and number of affluent Sikhs in the area.
The gurdwara would be fitted out with the latest technology and facilities, a large lecture theatre and seminar rooms for the community and include a large car park.
The trust is confident of securing the backing of more than 100 ‘affluent’ Sikh families to throw £10,000 into the pot, with a further 10 families stumping up £100,000.
The spokesperson said: “These initial donations of £2m will show we are extremely serious and allow the blue print we have in mind for this new complex to take shape.”
[It is currently unknown whether this Gurdwara has been pre approved as per the recent Akal Takht Sahib mandate requiring all gurdwaras worldwide to be approved by the Sikh supreme authority. The mandate was passed earlier this year to avoid the case of multiple gurdwaras on the same street, split by caste or politics.]