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Navlakha set to become tourist hotspot

IN A move guaranteed to nettle Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya today unveiled a grand design to develop the entire Navlakha area as a tourist spot.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 23:53 IST

IN A move guaranteed to nettle Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya today unveiled a grand design to develop the entire Navlakha area as a tourist spot.

This is the second time that the Minister has encroached on mayoral territory by unilaterally announcing a development scheme, the first being his declaration of beginning boating facilities at Navlakha nullah, about a fortnight ago.

In fact, the Navlakha-as-tourist-spot declaration came about during a tour by Vijayvargiya to review progress of the boating scheme on Tuesday morning. Collector Vivek Aggarwal, SP Adarsh Katiyar, IDA CEO C B Singh and Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma accompanied him. Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, naturally, decided to give the tour a go by.

During the visit, the Minister declared that the Khan River would be restored to its past grandeur and the area around Navlakha nullah developed as a tourist site. This, he added, would be done by developing green belts along both sides of the river. Furthermore, a subway would be built under the Navlakha culvert to allow unhindered passage to those wishing to visit the Balaji Hanuman temple.

The stretch of the river in the vicinity of the City zoo had already been widened to create pathways and the metamorphosis would be complete with the addition of boating facilities, scheduled to begin from June 15, he added. Vijayvargiya asserted that paucity of funds would not be allowed to come in the way of restoring the Khan River - actually, a storm water drain- to its former pristine self.

Collector Vivek Aggarwal informed the PWD Minister that work at Navlakha was being carried out on a war footing to ensure that boating facilities were in place before the first monsoon showers.

The ghats around the Hanuman temple are being cleaned and 15 patta holders have already been allocated houses built under the Valmiki Ambedkar Awaas Yojana, Aggarwal added.

The Collector disclosed that work was already underway on widening and beautifying the stretch of Navlakha nullah leading to the City zoo. The silt dug up during the cleaning of the nullah has been laid along the embankment to create pathways.

The district administration was also experimenting with using the mud to create lanes for City buses along the banks of the Khan River.

In order to make more space available to potential picnickers, two culverts near the City zoo would be demolished and one large bridge built in their place, Aggarwal informed the Minister.

Five thousand trucks of mud have so far been excavated from the Navlakha nullah during the cleaning exercise being carried out jointly by the IMC, IDA, PWD and Irrigation Department.

Three Forkland machines, two JCBs and 15 dumpers have been pressed into service to clean and deepen the stretch of Navlakha nullah from the City zoo to Parsi Mohalla to commence boating operations by June 15 - the deadline set by the PWD Minister.