Looking at the enthusiasm of anglers from Rajasthan and other states like Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the state government will develop Bisalpur Dam as an angling hub.
Anglers from different districts of Rajasthan often go to the dam for angling. They have even organised two angling competitions so far.
“The government will provide boats, fishing rods and accommodation to people to promote angling as tourism at state’s biggest dam at Bisalpur in Tonk,” said agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini. “We have bought 10 fishing rods, a paddle boat, floating platform and mechanised boat,” he added.
Bisalpur Dam, which supplies drinking water to Jaipur, is spread over 22,000 hectares and has more than 70 species of fishes.
“The state wants to diversify its tourism activities and look beyond desert and heritage tourism,” Saini said. He said that angling will be permitted both upstream and downstream.
The minister said an angling complex will come up near the dam, which will have a rest house with four rooms. Assistant director of the fisheries department, CP Juyal, said that the state government and the National Fish Development Board have given ₹66 lakh for the project.
Fisheries development officer at the dam, Jagdish Raizada, said 30,000 seeds of game fish, Mahasir, were recently brought from Maharashtra and are being reared at a local fishery. The fish will be released into the dam within a fortnight, he added.
Raizada said more than 300 anglers from Jaipur, Tonk, Kota, Alwar and Sawai Madhopur go angling at the dam regularly.
Juyal said anglers will be allowed to catch only one or two fish for consumption.
State secretary of All India Game Fishing Association Sumit Edwin welcomed the decision and said that the Bisalpur Dam is the best angling site in the state. “The chances of catching fish here is high,” he said. The complex will be a boon for angling tourism, he added.
Besides angling, the fisheries department has also alloted a contract for commercial fishing at the dam for ₹8.5 crore a year.