Tourism department proposes resumption of boating at Delhi’s Purana Qila lake, writes to ASI
New Delhi: The Delhi government has urged the Archaeological Survey of India to allow the “restart” of boating in the lake at Purana Qila, saying it would “add attraction” to the national Capital during the visit of G20 delegates, officials said on Monday.
Delhi Tourism offered recreational boating at the Old Fort (Purana Qila) lake since 1991. However, boating was suspended after the Tourism department’s agreement with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) ended in 2016, an official said. Located on the site of the ancient city of Indraprastha, Purana Qila has a nearly two-kilometre circuit. Boating in the lake was among the major tourist attractions.
The Tourism department in January wrote to the ASI, “requesting” it to consider resumption of boating activity.
Delhi Tourism and the ASI entered into an agreement in 2007 after the lake was transferred to ASI from the Delhi Development Authority.
As part of the agreement, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation was paying 12.5 per cent of the gross revenue received from boating to the ASI on an annual basis, the official said.
“Due to certain developmental plans of the ASI, the agreement was not renewed and boating stopped on August 12, 2016,” the official said. The letter to the ASI noted that the corporation already undertakes boating in several lakes and added that no untoward incident had occurred in any lake where it provides the facility.
“DTTDC is a pioneer in providing boating activity and is the only agency in Delhi which is facilitating public healthy recreation in different lakes of Delhi on a nominal tariff: DTTDC has trained staff for boating, who are well-versed with the knowledge of life-saving techniques,” the letter read.
It also mentioned the proposal to re-introduce boating.
“Since India has assumed presidency of G20 countries, it is worth mentioning here that the restart of boating will be an added attraction of the National Capital Territory of Delhi during the visit of G20 delegates,” the letter read.