From the entrance gate to the artificial animals, everything is made up of bronze at the 112-acre Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Green (Eco) Garden constructed on the VIP Road worth Rs 834 crore. Constructed on the north side of Manyawar Kanshiram Ji Smarak Sthal, the park was open to public after Mayawati inaugurated it on Thursday. The park has two main entrances. One on the VIP Road and the other, right opposite facing towards Gitapalli colony. It has been designed taking in view the ‘vaastu’ concepts. The total area of the park is 112 acres, which has been well parted out to place the bronze fountain with water bodies and greenery surrounding it. This has been designed keeping in mind the environmental aspect. Around 13,000 metres pathway has also been built up. There are more than 10 such fountains. Different varieties of saplings would be planted and this area will be surrounded by a rock garden. To amuse the kids, there are elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, dinosaurs and others. It is reported that more than 25 varieties of animals carved out of bronze metal are present. The park has nearly 500 such statues, which gives a majestic look to the garden. According to officials, an ovalshaped mound constructed right in the middle is the centre of attraction. This mound reflects the architectural features of the garden. A striking feature of the garden is the solar energy system worth Rs 180 lakh that will soon be installed, so that energy could be conserved, and power cuts be avoided. Inside the garden, an area of 10.5 acres has been given to develop facilities for public utility. This will house administrative building, eating joint, washrooms, and also small parking place. Near the entrance gate (from Gitapalli side), a huge area exclusively for parking is constructed. “The parking space of around 20 acres will be developed,” said assistant engineer, UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, SP Singh. Earlier, CM Mayawati, while addressing the people highlighted that the park is one of the biggest ecological park in the world. “The park will attract people from all over the world,” Mayawati said. Talking about the challenges that she had to face, she indirectly hinted on the people who posed hurdles at the construction of the park. The eco park has been built after demolishing the old jail on Jail Road. The state government is yet to fix an amount that would be charged by the public. There would be an entry ticket for which the rate is yet to be decided. “The total amount spend on its construction will be recovered from the people who visit the garden. I hope more and more people from across the country come to visit it,” said the CM. Though the garden has been inaugurated, it requires finishing touches. Officials believe that it will take another month to complete it, and plant saplings.
...and the Maharashtra Government / PMC can't cobble together Rs.1,000 cr for Pune's planned Bio Diversity Parks on hill slopes !