Even after 8 years, the Punjab government has failed to act on the application for bringing 174-year-old Christ Church at Fountain Chowk here on the list of protected monuments in the state, which will only help the land mafia eyeing the property.

In January 2014, senior members of the Christian community of Ludhiana had taken a request to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to declare the church a heritage site under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The Church authorities have no reply from the CM office or the ministry of cultural affairs, so far.

Church priest Pankaj Malik and his wife, Pamela, have said that Christ Church in Hoshiarpur, which is as old as the Ludhiana cathedral, was declared a heritage building in 2008, and now is a protected site of the ASI.

Threat from land mafia

Owing to its prime location, the church is on the land mafia target for the past two decades. Having fought a lone battle against land grabbers, Malik and Pamela now are running from pillar to post to save the property. The mafia, which has political patronage, created repeated law and order problems to disrupt the Sunday prayers, following which, the police closed the church in June 2013.

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