A jetboat has started plying on the man-made Bharat Lake in Bagmati Municipality-12 of Sarlahi district.
Although the construction work of the lake has not been completed yet, jetboats have been brought into operation in the lake since July 25.
A 35-seat jetboat has been brought into operation in the man-made lake, which is about two kilometers south of the East-West Highway.
According to Bagmati Municipality Chief Bharat Kumar Thapa, the lake has become a tourist destination since the motorboat came into operation.
Hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists from different parts of the country come here daily to see the lake and board the jetboat.
The lake, built on an area of 121 bighas on the special initiative of Mayor Thapa, is 45 feet deep. Tourists from local and surrounding districts have started coming here in the summer to enjoy and entertain themselves by motorboat.
It is found that a large number of domestic tourists come here on holidays. Hansraj species of ducks have been reared in this lake and the municipality has planned to fish in the coming days.
The construction of the lake has been started with a plan to provide employment to about 1,200 unemployed youths in the municipality, said city deputy chief Lila Kumari Moktan.
According to him, the lake can be an important source of income for the city.
The municipality plans to develop this lake as a garden, park, and forest picnic site. Bhumeshwor Pokhrel, Assistant Chief District Officer at the District Administration Office, Sarlahi, said that it was as entertaining as riding in a motorboat.
He has the experience of visiting the lake for recreation on holidays and in the summer season, when he goes for a walk on the lake, he gets a glimpse of the fewa Lake of Pokhara. He said that the resort (Hotel Palace) which is still being built in the middle of the lake is reminiscent of ‘Lake Barahi’ between Ranipokhari and Pokhara’s Fewa Lake.
Moreover, this man-made lake is also becoming famous as a place for making ticks. About 90 percent of the tourists who come here return after seeing the beautiful environment.
The gurgling Bagmati River and the railway line being built along it attracts the attention of every tourist. Although the total cost of the lake so far has been estimated at around Rs. 300 million, the cost has not been made public.
Durga Bahadur Thapa, the chairperson of Devghat village municipality of Tanahu, who is on a study visit to the same lake, has met Thapa, mayor of Bagmati municipality, and discussed the development of the tourism sector.
Chairman of Nepal Seat and Boat Building Company Lekhnath Poudel informed that rhinos, fistulas, and jet boats produced by Nepal Seat and Boat Building Company will operate in the lake.
A three-seater mini-cruise with a capacity of 300 seats is also being designed and will have 26 deluxe rooms, a restaurant, and a seminar hall.
Engines made in Japan and China will be connected to the cruise.
People’s representatives from different municipalities of the country have been coming to study and observe the tourism development of this lake and its surroundings.