MANGALORE: Kadri Park, one of the prime lung spaces in the city, is set for a Rs 5 crore makeover. The facelift, as per the plans drawn by elected representatives and authorities concerned, include setting up a musical fountain, increasing the greenery quotient and a improved walking-cum-jogging track.

The work is expected to complete over a period of 12 months. All this development work will take place in around 14.75 acres of land which is divided into three distinct pieces.

J R Lobo, Mangalore City South MLA, who is following up the development plans, said the state government intends to spend about Rs 5 crore for the proposed makeover.

While the main park that is spread over seven acres is located adjacent to All India Radio station here, the remaining 1.75-acres of land is where the old deer park used to locate abutting the Jogi Mutt. The remaining six acres of the park is situated off NH 66 in front of the telecom quarters.

Lobo said the musical fountain will come up in the old deer park on 1.25 acres of land. The project cost is estimated at Rs 2.30 crore. The remaining land after constructing the musical foundation will be earmarked as children’s play area. The main park with seven acres land will be aesthetically landscaped and the existing walking-cum-jogging track will be improved. The existing garden in the park will be beautified further to add to its visitor’s appeal.

With focus on adding more greenery at the park, Lobo said no other facilities will be built on the main park for such a move will hamper people who go there to relax amid greenery.

The state government has identified the department of horticulture and Mangalore Urban Development Authority to jointly carry out the works. Lobo added that to ensure that development works are on track, their progress will be reviewed every month.

The road that connects Padavu (on NH 66) and Circuit House, which splits the main park and the old deer park down, will have to be closed down for traffic once the works are over. But this road will be closed only between AIR station and Jogi Mutt and people living near Jogi Mutt will still have access to the NH. The petty shops on the sides of the road abutting the old deer park will find themselves in modern structures with rustic look.

Courtesy: Times of India