Lucknow Eye set to come up along the Gomti river

  • Tariq Khan, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Mar 05, 2015 23:41 IST

A treat awaits Lucknow this summer. Provided there is no last-minute bureaucratic spoke, the residents can look forward to a jolly ride on Lucknow Eye – a giant wheel modelled on the iconic London Eye – in three months from now.

Like most ferris wheels around the world, Lucknow Eye too would be located near a riverfront. Gomti riverfront inside the sprawling Janeshwar Mishra Park (JMP) in Gomti Nagar has been selected as the site.

Decks have been cleared for Rs 102 crore ferris wheel that would be imported from Holland from Dutch Wheels, the makers of London Eye.

“Five companies have qualified in the technical bids round on Wednesday. We would be referring these offers to a high level committee that would award the project to the winner,” said a senior official.

The project contract sets a three-month deadline for the contractor to ensure supply, installation and commencement of operations with a three-year mandatory maintenance clause.

Even as the technical evaluation of bids was underway, one of the bidder company, Mssers Prakash Amusement, leveled charges of pick-and-choose on panel members comprising LDA officials.

“Some of the bids do not qualify the criteria. We pointed this out and even lodged a protest but the offers are still being entertained,” alleged a representative of Prakash Amusement.

The charge, however, was denied by a panel member, who said that the complainant had submitted an offer for a 50-metre high wheel, whereas, their requirement and bid was for a 45-metre high wheel.

The 45-meter high ferris wheel would be installed on a 10-meter high platform. It would have 36 air-conditioned gondolas or cabins each with a capacity to seat eight persons with a total seating capacity of 288 persons at a time.

Initially to be made available on a discounted rate, the price of tickets would range between Rs 250 to 300 after which the rides are expected to cost more.

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