THE CENTre has approved the Rs 21 crore Sagar lake conservation plan on Monday. Initiated under the National Lake Conservation Plan of Union ministry of Environment and forest, the amount will be spent on beautifying and renovating the lake.
The NLCP has selected 21 lakes in urban areas across the country for renovation. The Sagar lake was constructed by one Lakha Banjara from his own resources to tide of the water crisis some three centuries ago on 6,000 acres.
But increasing population pressure and encroachment, the lake has now shrunk to a mere 600 acres. Collector Shiv Shekhar Shukla said an estimate for Rs 45 crore, pepared by US based consultants Mott MacDonald, was sent to the Centre on February 17. He said the State government will share of 20 per cent of the cost and the Sagar Municipal Corporation 10 per cent.
The scheme, when completed will benefit 65,000 residents living around the lake in 18 wards, he said. To desilt the main lake Rs 81 lakh will be spent while for facelift and sewer line Rs 15.5 crore. Lake and Lake front Development will cost Rs 250.24 lakh, Rs. 22 lakh for installation of return valve while for pitching the lake area Rs 30 lakh will be spent and Rs1.68 crore for developing the catchment area. Ghat construction will cost Rs 14 lakh while Rs 35 lakh on the installation of a fountain in the middle of the lake, it is proposed.
Parks will also be developed under the project- scheduled for completion in 2009- and Rs. 10 lakh had been allotted to create awareness among the residents.