| Ramnagar lake in Silchar |
July 31: Stinking, hyacinth-filled lakes in Silchar are being cleared and spruced up to make them the newest destination of weekend picnics and evening walks.
The Centre has unfurled a number of schemes to turn waterbodies in various parts of the town into little getaways.
The district administration has already executed a central grant of Rs 15 lakh to beautify a lake at Ramnagar, a quiet village by National Highway 53 on the outskirts of Silchar town.
Deputy commissioner Gautam Ganguly said weed and hyacinth, which had robbed the lake of its beauty, have been cleared.
A floating restaurant has also been set up on a refurbished two-storey boat, with a fully equipped kitchen to ensure there is no lack of munch factor at the lake.
Ganguly said the administration had also chalked out plans to invite bands and singers to entertain guests on the boat.
The state inland water transport department has been given the responsibility of maintaining the lake.
The lakes front has been paved with concrete to enable people to sit along its bank and enjoy a quiet evening.
The administration, while executing this central scheme at Ramnagar, has also built a park.
Besides the Ramnagar project, the Centre has sanctioned a scheme to beautify the Banskandi Anoa, a long stretch of waterbody in eastern Silchar, stretching for nearly a kilometre. This anoa was formed after Barak changed its course and left this lake behind.
The Union ministry of tourism has granted Rs 20 lakh for turning this waterbody into a lake with boating facilities.
Bulk of the funds will be spent in clearing the hyacinth and beautification of the lakes.