October, 2015

Introduce Water Sports To Make Gomti An Attractive Tourist Spot

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Credits : HT

Even as work on the controversial channelisation of Gomti River is in full swing, chief secretary Alok Ranjan asked officials to introduce aquatics and water sports to make the city’s lifeline an attractive tourist spot.

Reviewing the riverfront development work, Ranjan said a beginning could be made towards this by encouraging rowing and boating initially and then other fun and entertainment activities. “A constant water level would be required for these activities. Hence, the district magistrates of adjoining areas should take steps to revive ponds in their region through whose water Gomti can be recharged,” said Ranjan.

A list for renovation and revival of 17 ponds was presented and the DMs of Sitapur, Lakhimpur, Shahjahanpur and Hardoi were directed to start work on their revitalisation. The officials were also asked to take approval from appropriate level on the proposal of connecting the Gomti to river Ghagra for ensuring availability of water in river Gomti.

Another significant aspect of this ongoing beautification and development project is the huge tract of land that would be reclaimed and made available in the process on both sides of the riverbank. The irrigation department, the nodal agency, implementing the project, has already staked its claim to these vast parcels of land, which once the project is completed, are expected to be prime piece of property.

While a decision on how it would be used has been kept on the back-burner for now, Ranjan, directed the LDA and the nazul departments to transfer their ownership of land on the stretch to the irrigation department.

“The LDA and nazul department should register their respective land located in between the embankment from La Martiniere College to Pakka Bridge (Harding Bridge) in the name of irrigation department,” he said. The irrigation department was directed to present a revised project report in view of the requirement of channelisation of Gomti as well as trunk drain. Ranjan said proposal for rounding the road on the dam near the police post should be suspended.

The irrigation department officials were told to develop amenities like public toilets and parking facility near Shaheed Smarak along with other places. Besides principal secretary irrigation, Deepak Singhal and divisional commissioner Lucknow, Mahesh Kumar Gupta, senior officials of various departments were present on the occasion.