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Beldih Lake twice as safe

Beldih Lake in steel city’s Dhatkidih area now has double reinforcement against trespassers and accidents without compromising on convenience for anglers.

Tata Steel subsidiary, Jusco, entrusted with upkeep of the three-acre lake, has spent nearly Rs 15 lakh to install the inner iron-grille fencing facing the lake. The grille fencing, three-feet high, has some 50 platforms for anglers to sit.

The existing iron-grille guards on the lake’s outer boundary, around 5.5-feet high, are decades old.

But the new inner grilles ringing in Beldih Lake will now prevent freak accidents like that in June, when two youths drowned.

“It’s a part of our beautification project. We had completed desiltation earlier this year. Installation of the inner fencing ring has been done to prevent trespassing and related drowning mishaps. At the same time, anglers won’t have a problem,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.

Display boards put up at the two ends of the lake warn of the lake’s depth and advises persons not to walk too close or litter the area.

Jusco has deputed a security guard by day, while JAC has deployed another at night to check trespassing and fish theft.

Beldih Lake plays host to Jamshedpur Angling Club, which was established way back in 1947, where members vie to hook katla, catfish, rohu, mrigal and tilapia. The club has been hosting an angling competition for the past several years.

In June, the newly desilted lake, known for its prized catch, had its first brush with tragedy when friends Tariq Shah (22) and Akash Kumar (23) died. Tariq, who worked as a technician in Qatar, had come home for a visit. After late night snacking on chow mein, Tariq knelt low to wash his hands in the lake’s water and slipped.

His close friend Akash dived into the lake in a futile rescue bid. Though the other youths in the group yelled for help and tried to rescue the duo, it was too late to save the duo.