Proposed by deputy chief minister (CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal with a purpose to boost tourism, the project to connect lake number II and III of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant here is yet to start.
Over a year after the project was planned after deputy CM visited the plant lakes, there is no progress towards executing the project. Rather, the authorities of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have denied doing the work of connecting the lakes leaving the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) in a fix.
The deputy CM had announced in January last year to connect these lakes and claimed that houseboats as in Kerala would be launched in the lakes after linking these lakes to attract more tourists because the area available for navigation after connecting the lakes will be sufficient to accommodate houseboats.
At present, tourists can enjoy boating in lake number III only and if the two lakes, which are separated by a narrow stretch of land, are connected, the people can enjoy boating over a larger area.
The BDA officials had also written to the PSPCL officials in this regard as the power corporation was supposed to do the work of linking the lakes whereas the BDA was supposed to manage and develop the site as a tourist destination and do the needful for the introduction of houseboats.
Sources disclosed that the PSPCL has declined to execute the work saying that it has nothing to do with the project and only the BDA will be executing the same. On the other hand, the BDA is hesitant in taking responsibility of the work which requires heavy expenditure.
Superintendent engineer (civil), PSPCL, Raj Kumar, said that they have nothing to do with the project and as it is the requirement of the BDA, they will be doing the work of linking the lakes.
He said that the PSPCL's role in the project is limited to checking the technical aspect of the project report to be submitted to it by the BDA and the corporation will give its nod to the project after going into all the details of the project.
Meanwhile, additional chief administrator, BDA, Dalwinderjit Singh, said though he is not in a position to comment more on this matter yet he will have to go through the files on Monday.
He, however, said that according to his knowledge, some meetings were held with the PSPCL officials in this regard, but there is no progress. There are some issues which needed to be addressed, he said. Chief administrator, BDA, Manish Kumar, couldn't be contacted despite repeated attempts over his mobile phone.