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Posted at: Jun 12, 2019, 7:01 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2019, 7:01 AM (IST)

Lake revamp a Herculean task

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 11

Though the Punjab Government has decided to revamp the Rajindra Lake, encroachments, garbage around the premises and a TB and chest hospital in the vicinity can play a spoilsport.

The lake, which came up in the late 19th century, was named after the predecessors of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. It became an important spot for the city in 2000-2001 when it was filled with canal water and a number of fountains were installed around its structure.

It is surrounded by the historical Kali Mata temple on one side, District Courts Complex on another, the hospital on the third and the city’s only mall on the fourth side.

Restoration work was initiated in 2016 by former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, but the work was halted after Malwinder Singh, brother of Captain Amarinder Singh, filed a petition stating that the project would destroy its heritage and look.

The lake currently faces a large number of issues due to encroachments as illegal structures have been raised on its surroundings. Moreover, makeshift shops have also come up on footpath near the lake. 

The hospital adjacent to the lake has also raised questions. “The presence of the hospital adjacent to the lake will put the visitors at the risk of being affected by the TB as it is a contagious disease. The hospital should rather be shifted from the site,” said Vishnu, a resident.

The MC has recently installed smart semi-underground dustbins behind the lake which lead stray animals to gather at the spot. Stray dogs and uprooted electricity poles at the site are also a problem.

However, MC officials could not be contacted in this regard.  

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