MANGALORE: Kadri Park, the largest leisure spot in the coastal city, will soon get a facelift.

The government has given its green signal for development works at the park at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. As per the plan, a convenient walkway, a children’s play area and an attractive musical fountain with laser show will come up in the park which is spread over 20 acres.

The Mangalore Urban Development Authority (Muda) and the department of horticulture have started the development works. The park has three portions – a park area of about 14 acres, the old deer park spread over 1.75 acres and the National Highway, which passes through the park, covers about six acres.

While the walkway is being developed by laying interlocking tiles, the horticulture department has taken initiatives to increase the greenery and beautify the landscape.

Muda will make the old deer 8%8park area on the Jogi Mutt side more attractive by developing the children’s play area and musical fountain with laser show.

Muda commissioner Mohammed Nazeer said, “If everything goes as per plan, the work will be completed by November. We have already adopted a resolution with regard to the development of the old deer park at an estimated cost of Rs 4.81 core. We have prepared a detail project report. Tenders will be invited once the proposal is approved by the state government.”

Apart from the children’s play area and musical fountain with laser show, Muda also has plans to develop the landscape of the deer park. “Muda will construct shopping complexes on the Kadri Park Road, where several makeshift food outlets are functioning at present. All such small food outlets will be shifted to the new shopping complex,” Nazeer said.

Mangalore City South MLA JR Lobo and deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim are monitoring the development works. Lobo said the musical fountain will be constructed on 1.25 acres at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.30 crore. The remaining land will be used for the children’s play area, he added.

Courtesy: Times of India