Lumbini Park to get facelift

Lumbini Park to get facelift
Highlights

After having initial hiccups for redevelopment works of Lumbini Park, located on the Beach Road opposite AP Tourism Haritha Hotel, the project worth Rs 1.8 crore has been grounded finally to give a facelift for one of the first-generation parks in the Port City, bringing cheers to residents of MVP colony.

Visakhapatnam: After having initial hiccups for redevelopment works of Lumbini Park, located on the Beach Road opposite AP Tourism Haritha Hotel, the project worth Rs 1.8 crore has been grounded finally to give a facelift for one of the first-generation parks in the Port City, bringing cheers to residents of MVP colony.

Highlights:

  • The project worth Rs 1.8 crore has been grounded finally to give a facelift for one of the first-generation parks in the Port City
  • The new Lumbini park having idyllic hills on one side and the blue sea on the other will get ready in six months and serves as a great tourist attraction, APUGBC official Appanna

According to Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials, the redevelopment project that got selected under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2015-16 scheme has been handed over to executing agency AP Urban Greening and Beautification Corporation.

Though GVMC planned to redevelop the park for the International Fleet Review (IFR) that was held in February this year, but could not able to do so for unknown reasons.

This apart, cyclone Hudhud also caused immense damage to the park in October 2014. A sum of Rs 7 lakh was also spent to prepare a detailed project report (DRP), according to sources.

“Earlier, GVMC called for tenders two times but none responded. Later, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) came forward to take up the project, but that, too, didn’t pan out. This was the reason for delay. Finally, it was handed over to AP Urban Greening and Beautification Corporation (APUGBC), which will execute the works. The ground levelling works began four days ago,” said Avtar Meher Baba, GVMC executive engineer.

“An interactivity space, a still water lotus pond, a children's play area, an entrance plaza, landscaping, a canteen, walking tracks, lighting, parking area and compound wall works will be part of the project,” said APUGBC official Appanna.

Emphasising that the idea of the project was not to disturb the earlier mood of the park, Appanna said shaky Buddha statue in the middle of the park will be replaced with a bigger Buddha meditation pose statute and also old sculptures will be used.
The new Lumbini park having idyllic hills on one side and the blue sea on the other will get ready in six months and serves as a great tourist attraction, he added.

Earlier, the locals complained that the historic park has turned into a place for anti-social activities, but this would not be the case any further as the works in the park are going on at a brisk pace, a GVMC official said.

By Abhishek Paul Yelamanchili

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