Ludhiana’s ‘coastline’ in the making
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.