Project to connect Bathinda thermal plant lakes a non-starter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Aug 16, 2016 13:42 IST
The project aimed at boosting tourism in Bathinda by introducing houseboats. (HT File Photo)

The project to connect lake number two and three of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) on Bathinda-Goniana road here has been ‘abandoned’ by the authorities.

The project was proposed by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in January 2014 during his visit to the lakes. The project was aimed at boosting tourism in the city by introducing house-boats on the lines of Kerala by increasing the area available for boating connecting the two lakes, which are separated by a narrow strip of land.

The Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) was supposed to execute the project in collaboration with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) that looks after the thermal plant and lakes. A proposal in this regard was sent to PSPCL by BDA after the project was proposed. However, over two years have passed since the project was envisaged nothing has happened in this regard. Meetings had also taken place between BDA and PSPCL officials to discuss about the project.

“Since I have joined here no file related to the project has come. I am not aware if something related to the project happened before my joining,” chief engineer, thermal plant VK Garg said.

Additional chief administrator BDA, Anil Garg, however, said that the project is not even under consideration now.

“As per my knowledge there were some technical issues raised by the PSPCL due to which project could not materialise,” he said.

At present boating is done in lake three of GNDTP but connecting of lakes will provide larger area by enabling navigation from lake two to lake three.

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