|The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is all set to select the consultant for its ambitious Gomti riverfront project on January 16.|
The project involves utilisation of unused lands on both sides of the river, construction of public recreational facilities and beautification of the surroundings. This would be done along the 15-km stretch extending from Kudiya Ghat to Gomti Barrage near Samtamulak crossing. The LDA has already assigned the task of conducting hydrological study of the river to IIT Roorkee team around six months ago. The study's report would come by February end,
Once the consultant is appointed, he would prepare the feasibility study of the land and submit his Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the LDA within 2-3 months for approval.
The project would start by April next year and though it is slated to complete within three years.
The LDA might consider river-jacketing (river dredging or narrowing of the river bed) depending on the hydrological study to avail more land for optimal utilisation. LDA had received bids from 12 consultants across the country.