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Govt proposes to install ‘Srinagar Eye’ on pattern of ‘London Eye’ in Dal Lake

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Srinagar: The government is mulling installing the ‘Srinagar Eye’ on the pattern of the famous cantilevered observation wheel ‘London Eye’ inside the Dal Lake here.

Sources said that like London Eye, the government is planning to construct the ‘Srinagar Eye’ with a giant Ferris wheel inside the Dal Lake for the attraction of tourists, news agency KNO reported. 

They said that a location has also been shortlisted for construction of the same and if this goes through, it could become a huge attraction for tourists and will be a major boost to the tourism sector.

The London Eye, or the Millennium Wheel, is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3 million visitors annually.

When contacted, Director, J&K Lake Conservation and Management Authority, Dr Bashir Ahmad Bhat told KNO that the project is at the Request for Proposal (R&P) stage and there are various factors to be considered as well before it could be finalized. 

He said that the proposal was made some time back, but they have to consider certain factors like environmental impact assessment, financial modelling and other things before it could be finalized. Bhat also said that it will take time as environmental assessment is yet to be done.

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