Mangaluru, Feb 23: If everything goes as planned, the city's Kadri Park is set to get a facelift in a year's time, in order to make it a tourist destination. In a bid to boost tourism in the city, the state government has approved a sum of Rs 4.97 crore for the upgradation of Kadri Park planned at a total cost of Rs 9 crore, according to Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo.
Addressing a press meet at MUDA office in the city, he said that a blueprint for the upgradation had been readied and the government had approved a proposal to install a musical foundation with laser show at the old deer park adjacent to the Kadri Park as part of the project. In addition, the 5-crore project will include an amphitheatre, landscape and a compound wall.
He said that the civil works such as construction of an attractive compound wall, projector room, water pond, ground-level water storage tank, seating arrangements at children's park and facing the musical fountain, pathway and installation of 15 stalls outside the deer park would be implemented at a proposed cost of Rs 1.78 crore.
Installation of sculptures, benches, granite cladding and decoration will be done at a cost of Rs 1.92 lakh, while installation of musical fountain with laser and video projection will be done at a cost of Rs 2.09 crore, he informed, adding that the electrification of the park would be implemented at a proposed cost of Rs 7.8 lakh.
He also said that an attractive entrance to Kadri Park would be constructed at an additional cost of Rs 27 lakh. The mini-train and railway track which had gone unused for several years will be upgraded and re-launched in the main park at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Plans are on the anvil to construct a separate play-area for differently-abled children and a picnic corner for families, he informed.
After implementation of the project, Kadri Park can generate surplus funds for the city corporation if executed well, he said, adding that a society would be formed headed by the deputy commissioner to look after the maintenance of the park after it gets its facelift.