Jal Mahal, built as a summer palace by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 in the middle of the picturesque Man Sagar Lake, was in a state of decay thanks to the filth released into it by two of Jaipur’s biggest drains, Brahmpuri and Nag Talai.
As part of its restoration efforts, the Jal Mahal, along with the Man Sagar Lake, was leased out in public private partnership and went into controversy.
But now the Supreme Court has made the lease for Jal Mahal Resort Pvt ltd legal, but the lease agreement duration has been reduced to 30 years from 99 years.
Now the Jal Mahal and the adjoining areas would soon going to be a destination in itself with a monument and a resort with entertainment, food courts, shopping areas, hotels and conference centres attracting and boosting both, leisure and market.
The other features of the project include the creation of Jal Tarang, a green leisure destination for visitors and locals alike along Man Sagar Lake that would include environment-friendly accommodation, independent galleries and boutiques, and lake-side dining along a tree-lined promenade, all in keeping with Jaipur’s heritage as the artistic heart of India.