THE CONGRESS authorities in Punjab has set the ball rolling for 2 world-class eco-tourism initiatives round Ranjit Sagar lake positioned in Thein dam venture of Pathankot district.
The venture parts have been impressed by well-known lakes positioned in Italy and “Himalayan fashion structure”.
The eco-tourism initiatives have been initially deliberate by the earlier SAD-BJP authorities however couldn’t take form after no tourism honcho got here ahead to precise curiosity within the venture.
The “renewed” venture, as a part of which the state authorities has deliberate to arrange two eco-tourism websites across the Ranjit Sagar lake, is price round Rs Rs 550 crore and is proposed to be arrange in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
Punjab Infrastructure Improvement Board (PIDB) Managing Director Vijay Zade instructed The Indian Express that officers of the Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority (PIRA) would on April 7 hear the objections on draft request for proposal issued by the PIDB for the eco-tourism initiatives.
On October 1, 2014, the division of Housing and City Improvement within the erstwhile SAD-BJP authorities had constituted Shivalik (Dhauladhar) Tourism Improvement Board to develop one such space round Thein dam alongside Ranjit Sagar lake as tourism/theme vacation spot venture within the state.
Challenge ‘scaled down’
A authorities functionary working with PIDB mentioned the present venture had been “scaled down” as in comparison with what was proposed throughout SAD-BJP regime. The draft request for proposal to listen to objections has been issued by PIDB on behalf of Amritsar Improvement Authority, the nodal company for the venture.
Then finance minister in SAD-BJP authorities and sitting MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa, who’s now not with SAD and is a member of SAD (Demoractic) occasion floated by his father, former SAD leaders and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa who floated the brand new political outfit after riot towards the Sukhbir Singh Badal-led SAD, mentioned the eco-tourism initiatives have been envisaged by the Akali-led authorities however couldn’t be applied after no traders confirmed curiosity. Dhindsa was a member of Shivalik (Dhauladhar) Tourism Improvement Board.
As per the present proposal of the state authorities, two world-class eco-tourism websites have been deliberate to arrange at Naloh Tika Palangi (Lake entrance) and Kulara island, in an space of 56.22 acres and 18.54 acres, respectively.
The respective venture prices, as per the venture proposal, are Rs 448 crore and Rs 105 crore, totaling greater than Rs 550 crore.
As per the draft request for proposal, the chosen bidder as per annual concession charge settlement could be required to pay an annual concession charge of Rs 3.56 crore for Palangi venture and Rs 2.65 crore for Kulara island venture for 60 years, after which the possession of the initiatives could be handed over to the state authorities.
The chosen bidder would additionally must pay an upfront premium of Rs 25 crore for Palangi venture and Rs 12 crore for Kurala island venture.
The Punjab authorities has already met the important thing regulatory compliances for the venture with environmental clearance. The federal government has additionally obtained forest clearance of stage one. The forest clearance for stage two could be utilized after collection of the bidder.
As per the phrases and situations of the initiatives, the Palangi venture is to be constructed inside a interval of six years and Kulara island venture inside three years.
The Italy issue
As per a presentation ready by the PIDB the place promiment websites in Italy have been pictorially referred to, the eco-tourism initiatives have been impressed by “Italian lake facet, Lake Como Italy, Lake Bellagio Italy (Promenade view) and the Himalayan fashion structure”.
The venture website would have a street connectivity of 25 km from Nationwide Freeway 1 A that results in Kashmir valley. Will probably be 30 km away from Pathankot railway station, 40 km from Pathankot Civil Airport and 155 km from Amritsar Internation Airport.
The presentation notes that the positioning recognized by the [State] authorities was “extremely pristine and one among its variety”
and that “this route is most travelled in peak summers and winters time by vacationers”.