Artificial Tawi lake project in Jammu has missed several deadlines and cancellations since a decade now. Marred with so many delays since its start government is still not bothered about its completion which can be seen in the Union Budget 2022. The announcements were made for the Dal and Nigeen lakes in Srinagar which have been granted special funds in the recent Union Budget.
While the Union Territory of J&K has been granted Rs 35,581.44 crore as a part of the central government’s assistance, grants and loans for the financial year of 2022-23, which is Rs 877 crore more than the amount granted last year, Rs 273 crore has been allotted for rehabilitation of people living within the Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake areas.
While Dal and Nigeen lakes continue to top the priority list of the government, artificial lake in Jammu is least considered by the government despite the project has missed several deadlines.
The completion of project missed its first deadline in 2012, followed by several deadlines in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. However, Jammu and Kashmir administration has set a fresh deadline of 2023 to complete the multi-crore artificial Tawi lake project in Jammu.
In October 2021, the J&K administration approved the revised project for the construction of balance works of Tawi barrage, popularly called as Artificial Lake, at an estimated cost of Rs. 73.34 crore. The artificial lake was considered first of its kind to give a major facelift to Jammu City and to boost tourism.
The project was originally sanctioned in the financial year 2010-11 at a cost of Rs 70.00 crore by dovetailing funds from various sources.