JAMMU: Putting all speculations and media-reports to rest regarding shelving of Tawi Artificial Lake Project by Government, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Choudhary today declared that this important Jammu centric project will not be abandoned and is likely to be completed in next four months.
Minister for PHE, I&FC Sham Choudhary while reacting to the media reports said, ” I am the concerned Minister and the Department of Irrigation and Flood Control is directly connected with the construction of Tawi Lake. There are no such plans of the Government to shelve the Tawi Lake Project. It is not wise to abandon a project when 90 % work is complete,” the Minister maintained.
Responding to another question, Sham Choudhary said that the project is very much viable. The company M/s GVR Infra Project Ltd after completion will run it for one year and after imparting training to the department staff will handover to it for operation to the Department. This is clearly mentioned in the agreement with the Company.
He said one pier developed damage due to flood after 2014 and is slightly tilted. It is responsibility of the contracting agency to reconstruct it. All the eleven gated structures on Baddi Tawi side have been raised and all 20 gated structures on Nikki Tawi have been fabricated. It will take about one and half month to raise the same. The pier will also be repaired within in two months. ” If all went well, all the remaining civil and mechanical works will be completed by next 3-4 months,” the Minister said.
Chamber Welcomes Statement
The Chamber welcomes the statement issued by Sh. Sham Lal Choudhary, Hon’ble Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control that appeared in the local dailies today assuring that the Artificial Lake Project on River Tawi shall be completed within four months.
It is pertinent to note that the Dy. Chief Minister has termed Artificial Lake Project as a non viable / big scam to which the Chamber of Commerce & Industry reacted sharply stating that after spending crores of rupees of public money how could Dy. Chief Minister issue such a irresponsible and baseless statement.
The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta reposes full faith in the assurance given by Sh. Sham Lal Choudhary and expects that the concerned agency responsible for the construction of said project will seek consultations from the premier institutions like IIT to solve the problems and hurdles if any and make sure that this dream project which will attract thousands of tourists to Jammu City becomes a reality soon.