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Efforts to revitalize dying Gap Sagar, heritage palaces in Dungarpur

Gap Sagar

Udaipur : So far Dungarpur had been known as the City of Hills and for its location and scenic beauty, but now efforts are on to develop it as a tourist attraction by reviving the heritage buildings and Gap Sagar lake, a famous water body which is the breeding hub of a large number of avifauna. Dungarpur Municipal Council has undertaken a special project to revitalize the lake which have been dying a slow death due to extreme pollution and neglect.

“Conservation works have begun for the 750-year-old Juna Mahal, Badal Mahal and others including Udaivilas Palace, Ekthumbiya Mahal and the govt museum. Inside Juna Mahal, is a vast collection of wall paintings that attracts hundreds of visitors from far and wide” K.K. Gupta, chairperson of the municipal corporation said. The district administration have been conducting Bird Fairs for three consecutive years at the other end of the Gap Sagar that have been widely appreciated by nature lovers. A major renovation work at the Gap Sagar Pal have already been completed.

Local materials and stones are being used to maintain its heritage look, authorities said. Seventeen years ago the municipality had introduced floating fountains in the lake which had rotted away. Recently three floating fountains have been installed which gives a magnificent look to the lake with colourful lights during the night hours. “ 67 lakh rupees have beenb spent on construction of a ring road around the lake and we have rented cleanliness equipments for the upkeep of the area” Gupta said. The ring road has also helped in preventing encroachments in and around the lake area. Similarly renovation works completed at the Badal Mahal has lend a new leash of life to the worn out building. A garden has been developed and speakers installed so that those who visit here get a soothing experience.

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