Vijayapura: The Alamatti Dam which has already become a tourist attraction for various recreational facilities such as the Rock Garden, Mughal Garden, Laser Show, Musical Fountain etc, will further gain more popularity as the Government has decided to introduce a water route for tourist ships under Central Government’s Sagarmala scheme.
The route would be set up in the backwaters of the dam for a distance of around 12 km connecting Vijayapura and Bagalakote District.
The officials said that the facility would be set up at the cost of Rs. 12.5 Crore at Herkal barrage in Bagalakote District which is around 15 km away from Alamatti Dam.
As per the plans, two jetties would be established, one each at Alamatti Dam and Herkal Dam where boats could be parked.
The projects will also have facilities for seaplanes, boating terminals etc. on both sides. Dredging operations would be conducted at the cost of Rs. 3 Crore in the Krishna River to remove any obstacles underwater that could damage the smaller ships.
“The facility would provide local employment and tourists will arrive to enjoy it. Since tourism is one of the major sources of earning for many people, the revenue of people will increase after the facility gets developed fully,” said Mahesh Patil, RFO, KBJNL Alamatti.
He said that the survey was conducted a couple of years ago itself by a private agency hired by the government.
After the proposal was submitted to the government about the feasibility of the project, the government approved the project.
“Since the tender has been invited, hopefully, the project will be completed within a year,” he said.