Work on Jammu artificial lake to start soon
Jammu, May 27: The work on artificial lake to be developed on the dry river bed of Tawi would be started in coming weeks.
Sources said the tendering had been completed and work would be allotted to the contractors in next two weeks.
The reservoir, estimated to cost over Rs 70 crore, is primarily planned to augment the Ranbir Irrigation Canal to increase its catchment area. The government has also plans to develop the lake surroundings to make it as a tourist attraction.
Dispelling apprehensions of project failure due to accumulation of silt in the reservoir, officials said it would be developed as a River Barrage, which had less chances of accrual of silt.
Sources said the project would be completed in 2-years, while the beautification and landscaping would be taken up later.
They said the project would serve dual purpose of augmenting the irrigation facilities and presenting a spectacle for the visitors.
The government is optimistic that funds would be no problem for the project as besides Rs 25 crore earmarked for it, the state has also received another Rs 25 crore under 13th Finance Commission, sources added. They said remaining amount was being pooled to meet the total expenditure on the project.
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