JAMMU, Oct 1: Expressing strong resentment over purported decision of the State Government to abandon the Artificial Lake Project on Tawi river, All Jammu Hotels & Lodges Association has termed the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh’s statement in this regard as another blow on the face of Jammu tourism after Rail link extension to Katra.
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“Till yesterday, before making public the news regarding dumping of the project, all these politicians were assuring the public that the project is under completion and shall be completed early. Even the visit of Dy CM to the Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti for grant of Rs 30 crore for completion of the project was stated to be a positive step in right direction but now they openly betrayed and humiliated the Jammuites,” said Pawan Gupta, president of the AJHLA, while talking to media persons, here today.
He said that the then Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and the incumbent Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh’s statement on abandoning the Tawi lake project are not based on the technical grounds but on political vendetta. “Abandoning an old project, which is already completed by 80 percent at the cost of Rs 87 crore, makes it crystal clear that there is a political power, which is hell bent to divest the Jammuites of their aspiration of dream project of Artificial Lake,” Gupta asserted.
Strongly opposing the integration of Artificial Lake Project with the proposed Sabarmati Pattern, he said that Artificial Lake Project warranted to be completed separately first on the grounds that 80 percent work has been completed, whereas the Sabarmati Pattern Project is a political gimmick to befool the Jammuites.
“Jammu people would not tolerate any attempt of dumping their dream project of Tawi Lake at any cost and we will take to street against such move by the Government,” he warned.
Others, who were present in the press conference, included Inderjeet Khajuria, HS Manhas, Baldev Raj, Pritam Sharma, Anil Khajuria, Nishant Gupta, Swaran Singh, Manpreet Singh, Suni Suri and ML Sharma.