Nehru Garden stays unvisited-Dispute between boating companies
Nehru Garden is suffering in the absence of boat rides.
It has been 10 months since disputes started between boating companies. As a result tourists are not able to visit the beautiful Nehru Garden in Fatehsagar Lake.
Dispute between boating contractors hasn’t yet ended. This has become the major reason behind Nehru Garden waiting for tourists exploring the beautiful place. The prolonged dispute between contractors of two boating companies has made it impossible for tourists as well local public to visit this garden.
Earlier, around 500 people used to go to Nehru Garden daily. In the tourist season, the numbers go upto 1500 and even more. Now that the boats are not operating for the last 10 months, tourist numbers are going down even at lakeside.
Contract for operating boats from Fatehsagar to Nehru Garden is given by PWD. In October 2013, Yash Amusement Company was given contract for three years. After the completion of contract, the company was given an extension for three months because of tourist season. When the contract got over in January 2017, the company stopped operating boats on this sector. When the second process of tender was carried out, MM Travels also applied for the contract. As per PWD, there were certain technical faults with MM Travels hence they were kept out of the process. MM Travels applied for a stay in High Court, as a result of which the tender procedure was stopped midway.
The matter is still in consideration in High Court and the final result is yet to come out. Boats are being operated in the lake but they are only for lake ride and not for going to Nehru Garden. If this continues, Nehru Garden will suffer a lot and its importance is likely to disappear from the tourist map due to lack of maintenance. With no one visiting the Garden, its beauty will die.