BMC’s anti-encroachment drive in Boat Club locality

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2017 11:38:31

Staff Reporter,

Anti-encroachment drive is going on in full swing in State capital. Subsequent to the announcement of the results of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 in which Bhopal has got second position, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure beautification and cleanliness in city.

Boat Club is one of the favourite tourist spots and especially in summer evenings, good crowd is being witnessed on this zone. Of late, encroachments on pavements have started disrupting the beauty of Boat Club and consequently, BMC’ anti-encroachment squad removed encroachments from the area.

Additional things like railway steam engine ‘Hill Stallion’ are unique initiatives, which also brings in lots of locals at these favourite selfie points. Establishment of Bhojtal Junction will boost tourism on the banks of the Upper Lake. Hill Stallion steam engine, installed by BMC and Railways, is 48 years old. This 185 tonne meter gauge rail engine was built by the then Tata Engineering & Locomotive Company (TELCO) in the year 1963. The engine served the Railways for 34 years.

It was first run in North-Eastern Railways in Assam. Last year, BMC also decided to provide free wi-fi surfing at the Boat Club in the State capital. It has to be mentioned even street vendors and hawkers are being asked to ensure that they should sell items only in pre defined identified zones.

LED lights have also been installed in the trisquare and more dustbins have also been placed inside the parks. The tonga ride available besides the Boat Club is also popular, especially in summer evenings, as people enjoy the tonga ride, but with little effort from the State Tourism, this age-old traditional sport activity can also be turned into infotainment if it can be clubbed with a proper tour guide, claim visitors.