Ludhiana’s ‘coast­line’ in the mak­ing

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Nidhi Bhanot nidhi. bhanot@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUDHIANA: To at­tract tourist flow to the Manch­ester of In­dia and pro­vide the city res­i­dents with a sea­side ex­pe­ri­ence, tourism min­is­ter Hira Singh Gabaria has come up with the pro­posal of set­ting up an ar­ti­fi­cial beach in the city, work for which is al­ready in progress.

Tech­ni­cal ex­perts from Sin­ga­pore and parts of In­dia had come to sur­vey Ludhiana city to find an ap­pro­pri­ate place for cre­at­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial beach for peo­ple. Af­ter hav­ing vis­ited many sites, the team ze­roed in on the area around the canal in or around Ludhiana city.

More­over, the three­mem­ber del­e­ga­tion de­cided to touch upon other than de­vel­op­men­tal projects the next time it vis­its the city. The scope of tourism for chil­dren and oth­ers in city, which is presently the hub of hosiery, would be their main fo­cus. They also wanted to know about the Ludhiana dy­nasty and Lodhi fort, so that they could be pre­served.

Gabria fur­ther said that soon the sur­vey team would send him a re­port about the place fi­nalised for the beach and the cost of work for set­ting it up. The project for con­struct­ing the con­ven­tion cen­tre near Amal­tas on a 10-acre land for Rs 2,000 crore has been passed and its con­struc­tion would start next month. He added that a mul­ti­story build­ing would be made for the wel­fare of peo­ple and passers-by on Amritsar-New Delhi GT Road.

He said that af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the main fly­over part of Par­tap Chowk, work on Ja­malpur fly­over would also start, which would lessen traf­fic con­ges­tion in the main part of the city that also con­nects Ludhiana to Chandi­garh. He added that the re­vamp work in Rose Gar­den and Rakh Bagh is also in progress and also marked an in­quiry to check the ma­te­rial be­ing used, as com­plaints of us­ing sub­stan­dard ma­te­rial had been do­ing the rounds.

The sur­vey team plans to set up an ar­ti­fi­cial beach (like the one shown in the pic­ture) in Ludhiana.

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