Tripura’s Communist government has drawn up a Rs.50-crore plan to restore the 83-year-old Neermahal, the lone such grand palace in eastern India located in the midst of the vast Rudrasagar Lake, an official said.
The master plan included maintaining at least 11-metre water level Erstwhile Tripura king Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur had built the Neermahal in 1930 in the midst of Rudrasagar as his summer residence. With a water area of 364 acres, it is among India’s national lakes, located 55 km from Agartala. Originally with an area of 816 hectares, the Rudrasagar Lake has now shrunk due to encroachments, misuse and even the setting up of two brick kilns in the vast complex.
“Work on the project would start soon. The majority of the work would be completed by the state PWD within two years,” an official of the state tourism corporation told IANS.
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