upcoming artificial lake is said to add to the beauty of the Tawi River front.
According to official sources the government has asked the directed the executing agency M/s GVR Infra Projects Limited to restart the work of Auto Mechanically Operated Gated Barrage Project at Tawi within seven days or face legal action as permitted under the contract.
“If the executing agency failed to resume the construction work, its contract will be terminated and the balance work will be re-tendered to some another company,” official sources said.
The Executing Agency of the Barrage project has been strictly directed to ensure that gates are put in place. There is need for adopting professional approach while executing the developmental projects, sources said, adding the agency has been cautioned against delay in meeting the deadline. The machinery of the company will be seized, in case the executing agency fails to adhere to the directions, sources added.
If the company expedite its pace, the work would be get completed by two months, sources said, adding the project which need to completed in 2013 has been delayed much as the it is yet to see the completion even after seven years of its commencement. One of the main reason for the delay was stated to be financial crunch in the executing agency.
It is to mention that Greater Jammu has been highlighting the delay in the much-hyped project from time to time to awaken the government from its deep slumber for
In its Edition dated October 14, 2017, Greater Jammu carried a story titled “Lake Project: It’s artificial, not a reality” so that the project could see the light of the day even after repeatedly missed deadlines. It is an integrated project being executed by the Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Housing and Urban Development Department and the Tourism Department.
Earlier, the government had promised to develop banks of the Tawi on the pattern of the Sabarmati in Gujarat.
Commenced in July 2010, this prestigious project concerning beautification of Jammu was conceived by the then Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohiuddin. Initially, it was claimed that Tawi Lake would become reality within in two years but it could not see light of the day even after a long wait of seven years. The completion target of the lake was fixed as March 2013 and then June 2013 but it could not meet the target. Thereafter, the project has jumped at least half a dozen deadlines but it has not been completed till today.
After coming to power by BJP in Jammu region and also at the Centre, it was expected that the work on this Jammu centric project will attain momentum but it did not happen.