Smart City project

Nod to redevelopment of Karan Lake as tourist hub

Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 21

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday gave consent to the master plan for the redevelopment of Karan Lake as a tourist hub under the Smart City project.

The redevelopment project, costing around Rs 7 crore, is expected to be completed in a year. It was stated by the Chief Minister after reviewing the project with officials at Karan Lake. The Chief Minister was given the power-point presentation of the project by the Deputy Commissioner-cum-CEO, Smart City project, Nishant Kumar Yadav.

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After the consent, the DC informed that tenders would be floated in a couple of days.

At present, Karan Lake is being used as a stopover, where people do boating, eat food and shop, but after the implementation of the project, Karan Lake will be connected with Oasis Tourist Resort. The Western Yamuna Canal divides the two.

The periphery of the lake will also be developed and jogging and cycling tracks will be made. Besides, the island in the lake will also be developed and sculptures on Mahabharata theme will be erected there. It will have view decks to attract tourists.

Craftsmen from Haryana and other places will get an opportunity to sell their products there. Fountains with light and music will also be installed in the lake. Anchor cafe with reading facility and other facilities is also planned. Signage will also be erected from the National Highway-44 to Karan Lake.

“The redevelopment of Karan Lake is a pending project and today I reviewed its master plan. The redevelopment will give a boost to the tourism industry. I have asked the authorities to connect both Karna Lake and Oasis Tourist Resort,” said the CM, adding that presently the lake gets water from the Western Yamuna Canal, which is a seasonal canal. For the water supply throughout the year, the authorities have been directed to ensure water supply from augmentation canal.

The CM also directed to make two entry points to lake with ticket counters. After the meeting, the CM reached the PWD Rest House, where he listened to the grievances of people and directed the officials concerned for speedy redress.

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