Rs 4.29 crore wasted in Veli-Akkulam Lake project
Rs 4.29 crore wasted in Veli-Akkulam Lake project

The Veli-Akkulam Lake Regeneration, the much-advertised project launch to spare it from water hyacinth hazard, remains a far cry. Lately, the ministry of environment and forest requested the Kerala government to refund the unspent Center portion to the tune of Rs 4.29 crore under the National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) in 2010. In any case, the lake infested with water hyacinth keeps on being in a dire state and is antagonistically affecting the travel industry. The Union government endorsed Rs 25.56 crore for the plan of Environmental Regeneration of Veli-Akkulam Lake in 2010. Out of which the Center and State shares were Rs 17.19 crore and Rs 7.37 crore separately.

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The Center released the primary portion to the tune of Rs 4.29 crore for commencing the task. Sources state that the store was transferred to the account of Travancore Cement Limited (TCL), however, the task achieved no place till day. As indicated by sources, the lake has shrunk to a huge extent since the digging activities were launched. It is discovered that there were no takers for a large amount of silt removed from the lake.

"Aside from roping in different agencies, the experts couldn't guarantee the best possible execution of the project. Presently the center has requested to refund the endorsed amount," an official said. "There are no takers for the silt taken out from the lake which led to the dumping of silt in numerous spots. Later the contractor who was roped in for removing it also backed out and following which the removed amount was utilized for reclamation which shrinks the lake."

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