JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: The Tawi Barrage Project which is also popularly called the Artificial Lake Project was conceived in 2009 and received its official sanction in 2010-11 by the then government led by the Chief Minister Sh. Omar Abdhullah. The initial investment on the project was 70 crores and about whopping 60 crores of tax payer’s money was spent on it but the work on the project was not completed and was stalled due to inactivity of the contractors for about 9 years which ultimately led to the cancellation of the project tenders.
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During this intervening period major event happened in Jammu and Kashmir when the present BJP government had abrogated article 370 and the status of the state was reduced to the Union Territory and Lieutenant Governor was appointed by the President of India. The Administrative Council was constituted to administer the territory under the Chairmanship of the LG.
The Tawi Barrage project is once again revised by the administrative council on October 20, 2021 with an additional cost of 73.34 crores. The project will be now be completed in 10 months at an estimated cost of 131.53 crores which includes the additional cost.
Editorial Courtesy: The Open View