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JAMMU: Expressing anguish on the move of Coalition Government to abort the Artificial Lake Project on Tawi River, Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal (JPVM) termed it as a conspiracy against already suffering Jammu to destabilise it further in the spheres of tourism, trade and economy.
While addressing a meeting attended by hoteliers, transporters, traders and other tourism workers dependent on tourism industry, Chairman JPVM Inderjeet Khajuria said that such step of State Government of abolition of the Jammu dream project has threatened the livelihood of more than five lakh souls dependent on Jammu tourism trade. He further warned the State Government to immediately take back this decision otherwise the suffering population would come on roads to safeguard their bread and butter.
“The move of the Kashmir centric Government unfortunately fully supported by the BJP to snatch the Artificial Lake project on flimsy ground of its viability speaks volume and needs to be clarified,” he said.
“Conceived by the then Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad to improve the Jammu tourism the project of artificial lake on Tawi River after subjecting to different tests of its viability and technicalities including Geology was even got through by Indus Water Treaty Team of Pakistan who visited Jammu. After the project was launched in 2010 by the previous government, nobody raised a finger till the work on it were completed upto 80 per cent but with the very onset of the Coalition Government the project was stalled, which could have been completed within a period of two months.
It became unviable after Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed during March 2015 said so drawing a Laxman Rekha and project was not allowed to move an inch ahead. Knowing well that emerging lake project is going to change economy and environment of Jammu it was declared abandoned and was shelved, he rued.
He accused that BJP has openly betrayed the Jammuites who voted enmass in their favour.
Regarding the much talked one thousand crore project on the beautification and consolidation of Tawi Banks on Sabarmati pattern, he said JPVM welcomes it, it will help in promoting Jammu tourism in right direction. He however warned the Coalition Government advising not to merge the Artificial Lake project with this new project advising that the remaining 20 per cent work should be completed immediately.
Others who spoke on the occasion include Kuldeep Wahi, Anchal Singh, Surinder Mahajan, Pawan Gupta, Ashiq Hussian Khan and Pritam Sharma.
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