Nine months after state Minister for Environment Nakul Dubey flagged off the proposed restoration project of Bakshi Ka Talaab the 150-year-old monument the Environment Directorate is still waiting for funds to begin work.
The proposal for the restoration work was approved by the state government,but could not take off due to paucity of funds. Now,we have put forth the proposal as part of the district plan and Rs 10 lakh is expected to be released in the next financial year, said Kaushal Raj Sharma,Chief Development Officer,Lucknow.
The proposal includes repair works like fixing up broken structures of domes,steps and walls,installing solar lights,cleaning up pond,providing green belt,beautifying the landscape,freeing it from encroachment and providing public utilities near the monument site in Lucknow.
To begin the project,we are writing to various industrial houses for funds. But we are yet to hear from them, said Yashpal Singh,Director of the Environment Directorate.
The proposal was aimed at conserving the heritage monument,which does not feature in the list of notified buildings of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Constructed by Tripur Chand Bakshi,an erstwhile war coordinator of Nawab Amjad Ali Shah of Awadh (1842 to 1845),the structure is a unique specimen of Shahi Talab (royal lake) with four ghats and eight historical tombs.
Two temples of Krishna and Shiva are also present in the premises.