Street lights, fountains, food court completed, grillwork, rest will be finished by November: LAWDA
After a delay of five years, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has completed 80% of renovation work on much-hyped Brari Nambal project and is likely to complete it by November this year.
Officials of LAWDA said that they have started the renovation of work of the lagoon on the fast track basis and claimed that it would be completed in November.
Executive Engineer, LAWDA’s 1st division, Feroz Ahmad Mir told Rising Kashmir that most of the work has been completed including installation of ornamental street lights around the lagoon, food court along with six rooms and fountains.
“Outer tile path, grillwork, and other beautification works have been almost completed and rest would be completed within the next two weeks,” he said.
Situated at the entrance of Shahr-e-Khaas downtown Srinagar, conservation of the lagoon is being funded by government funding agencies including at a cost of Rs 16.91 crores under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
While under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), footpaths, kiosks, and food courts will be constructed at a cost of Rs 8.05 crores.
Mir said under PMDP, they have constructed fountains and their trail has been completed. “We have also set up two-three jetty’s around the lagoon for visitors and tourists. They are fully completed,” he said.
Under AMRUT, the dredging was the main component. From Sadakadal to Nowpora, Dalgate to Baba Dawood Bridge 90% of the work has been completed, and rest 10% will be covered within 10 days.
He said following the change of proposals, there is no progress in the beatification of the temple inside the lagoon. “Once it will get approved, we will get it done,” Mir said.
“We have not touched anything now. LAWDA had a proposal for its beatification but it was rejected by temple authority and now we have taken the issue with Vice Chairman again,” he said adding that they are hopeful that it will be completed by November.
In addition to existing fountains, the LAWDA will setup 17 aerators inside the lagoon to add more beauty to the site. “We have completed 60% work in this component and rest will be completed within 15 days,” he said.
However locals appreciated the move of the department and expressed their gratitude to the LAWDA and Tourism department.
President Shahr-e-Khaas Bazaar Committee, Mukhtar Ahmad (John Sahab) termed the move of the government appreciable.
“The work on the project was started 5-7 years ago but it was always getting delayed. Now from the past 1 and half year we are seeing progress in its work,” he said.
Mukhtar said it is the front face of Shahr-e-Khaas, it should be developed as “Mini Dal Lake” of the city and so that it can become a tourist attraction in the area.
‘The department should work for its beatification till it becomes a prime tourist destination in the city,” he said.
He said they urged the tourism department to conduct some promotional events at the lagoon so that it will be highlighted and can act as a source of income for hundreds of families.
Vice-Chairman LAWDA Tufail Matoo told Rising Kashmir that almost all works have been completed in the lagoon and it will be completed by the end of November.
“Brari Nambal in an important part of Dal Lake and Shahr-e-Khaas and develop it as one of the best tourist destinations of Srinagar,” Matoo added