Sukhbir Badal launches restoration of dried-up Rajindra Lake

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 16:20 IST
Wild growth covering Rajindra Lake in Patiala. (HT File )

The deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the restoration work of dried-up Rajindra lake on mall road here on Thursday.

Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj, who was present there, claimed that municipal corporation would ensure its full-scale revival in next four months. After inauguration, the construction work has begun to lay down approximately 2 km concrete pathway around the lake.

Other proposed work including construction of new entrance gate, musical fountains, sitting arrangements, tensile structure for the food court and amphitheatre will soon be taken up.

Once the famous spot, Rajendra Lake, it is learnt, awaits for renovation for a long time. Dry surface and long weeds have been greeting visitors for long, despite city’s strong demand for its revival.

Mayor also said that boating would begin soon once the renovation and beautification work is completed.

New parking lot at Kali Mata temple

Badal also inaugurated the newly built parking of Kali Mata temple. The parking has come up in 47,000 square feet with the cost of Rs 3.86 crore. The parking has space for 50 cars and 800 two-wheelers.

Earlier in the day, he distributed grants for development purposes to the 21 wards. He also announced that the small choe of Patiala would be concretised at a cost of Rs 13 crore and further attention would be paid to its beautification.

He also made an announcement to construct solid roads, their maintenance and inviting tenders for fire services.

Disrespect to people’s memorandum

The memorandum given by people to Badal during the sangat darshan was left at the venue near urban estate. These representations pertained to residents’ long pending demands on civic issues, which they wanted to resolve with Badal’s intervention.

The government’s seriousness on resolving their issues could be gauged from the fact that senior officials present there did not bother to collect these charters. After Badal left the venue, many w ere seen looking for their representationx given to him.

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