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Moti lake to be converted into tourist spot

Nov 29, 2009

MOTIHARI - The famous Moti Lake (Motijheel) in North Bihar is finally expected to get a fresh lease of life, after years of neglect and disregard.

The district administration put a blueprint in place for beautification of the lake and will soon get down to basics of resurveying the area and clearing it from encroachments, if any.

The government also has an ambitious plan of turning the spot into a tourist attaction by constructing a resort and a park. It also plans to introduce motorboat facilities mainly to target foreign tourists.

The big lake, which once was famous for its azure water and white and crimson lotuses has now become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the water has become stagnant.

Besides, over the years a lot of silt has accumulated in the lake and part of it is covered with the deadly hyacinth weeds, which makes navigation in the lake difficult.

Even more surprisingly, several people have encroached on the banks of the lake, some of whom have managed to construct buildings.

The additional collector, Hari Shanker Singh said that the administration will soon carry out a thorough survey of the lake and in the first phase all encroachments wil be removed.

"A team under the leadership of Motihari, BDO, Vidyanand Singh has been constituted to carry out the survey of the lake, based on the maps availbale in the office and after removing encroachments if any, the lake would be beautified," the Singh said.

Sources disclosed that the chief minister, Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Sushil Kumar Modi have already given instruction to the local administration in this regard.

The district planning department has allocated Rs 3 crore for its beautification.

The 2 km long Motijheel, covering an area of 400 acres flowed through Kariaman, Basawariya rivulets and finally into the Dhanauti river, ultimately joining river Budhi Gandak.

During the monsoon, water from the lake overflows the clogged outlets and floods the town.

In 1985, the irrigation department had formulated a plan to regularise the flow of the water, in this lake.

The Gandak project constructed a new canal to connect this lake to the Gandak's main canal. But after completion of the canal some persons encroached on the canal land and constructed buildings over it. Therefore the plan to connect the lake to the main canal never fructified.

Moti lake to be converted into tourist spot
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