After nine years, Artificial Tawi Lake project far from completion

AVINAV SHARMA. Updated: 3/14/2019 11:41:10 AM Front Page

I&FC department yet to float tenders for remaining work

Jammu: The much-hyped Tawi artificial lake project is likely to face more delay as state government yet to float new tenders for remaining 25 percent construction work.

No decision has been taken by the government so far despite the Chennai High Court had pronounced its verdict in favor of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department in a response to a plea filed by the construction company.

The construction work of Tawi Artificial Tawi Lake had been stopped in the month of February 2018, because GVR Infra Ltd, the company executing the project, had secured a status quo order from Chennai High Court.

The company had increased the cost of the project due to its financial crunch, which was refused by the state government. In the regard, GVR Infra Ltd approached the Chennai High Court. After more than six months, the high court pronounced its verdict in the favour of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department.

“The High Court pronounced its verdict last month in favour of Irrigation and Flood Control department, Jammu. Now the state government will take necessary measures in the construction of the project,” Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Executive Engineer Rajinder Prasad told News Now.

He added that the now the state level committee will float tenders for the remaining project. The remaining 25 per cent work includes launching gate on the Chhoti (small) Tawi and construction of some pillars.

The lake project was first approved by the then Governor of J&K, Jagmohan, in 1986 but the work could not start.

The construction of the artificial lake started in 2010 during the government headed by Omar Abdullah and it was scheduled to be completed in 2013.

The state government has spent Rs 58 crore and claimed that about 85 per cent of work has been completed on the project.
Updated On 3/14/2019 11:41:38 AM

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