eralding a new era of development of landscape in and around the world-famous Dal Lake, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated four Dal lakefront projects of Srinagar Smart City Limited this week. These developments will usher Srinagar city in a new era of development and add tremendously to the landscape of the city.
Dal Lake Sunset Plaza, the first clear Open Space around Dal Lake, Boulevard Road with more than 1000 sqm area has been developed at a cost of Rs 80 lakhs with public amenities like interactive seating spaces, parking management, state-of-the-art illumination, and landscaping. Srinagar Smart City Limited has also planned to introduce food kiosks in the plaza through local start-ups. This kind of space was much needed on the banks of Dal Lake and will help a great deal to locals as well as to tourists.
Eco Park at Shalimar, Foreshore Road developed by Jammu & Kashmir Lake Conservation and Management Authority in convergence with Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) under AMRUT mission at a cost of Rs 1.97 Cr, caters to the aesthetic appeal of the surroundings and provides vibrant space for tourists and locals along the pristine Dal Lake. That part of the lake’s outer circle has huge scope for being developed into a tourism attraction. LG administration has realized this and acting accordingly has inaugurated this project.
The 9.30 km stretch of the right-side Walkway of Boulevard Road from Badyari Chowk to Nishat Bagh at a cost of Rs 14.19 Cr has been developed with facilities like universal access, seating, public plazas, and other amenities. This Walkway will help the local population as well as the tourists alike to take a walk on this thoroughfare and enjoy the pleasant breeze wafting from the sublime waters of Dal Lake.
LG Manoj Sinha is working tremendously hard to attract tourists to Kashmir. As part of the Srinagar Smart City projects the entire administration is working meticulously to ensure that the Srinagar city looks beautiful and pleasing to the eyes of anyone visiting Kashmir for the first time and ends up becoming a recurring tourist.
These types of projects need to be initiated on the banks of other world-famous water bodies of Kashmir like Wular Lake and Mansbal Lake as well. These lakes also have tremendous potential to attract tourists and deservingly need development of a similar magnitude. We once again LG Manoj Sinha for the inauguration of these projects and hope that the tourist footfall next year will break all previous records.