Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Very shortly, Basohli, the historic town popular for its paintings and Ramlilas, is about to get a position on the international tourism map as the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has stated the Ravi as National Waterways River Ravi (NW-84) and informed it in the Gazette of India.
The district administration has started the process to prepare a viability report in terms of inland waterways operation in the Ranjit Sagar dam reservoir over the Ravi. In a few days time, IWAI team has planned a visit to the area to take a look at the modalities of the project.
Sanjay Gupta, additional Deputy Commissioner, Basohli, explained that the approval of IWAI would provide a major lift to the tourism possibility of the area.
“The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar dam shares boundaries with three states, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pardesh. Villages such as Thein, Mahanpur, Sabar, Punda, Plahi, Purthu, Sandhar, Hatt and Mashka fall along the reservoir. These can be explored if the IWAI find the project feasible,” he said.
He additionaly explained that the moment the project secures the approval, water transport, water sports, tourism activities and cargo transportation in the reservoir would also start. “These activities will attract tourists from across the world. The hilly areas of Basohli and Bani tehsil will be easily accessible via waterways and it will increase the economic status of locals,” he said.