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Madhya Pradesh: Civic body incurring loss of Rs.6 lakh annually

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, June 18, 2013
First Published: 11:00 IST(18/6/2013) | Last Updated: 13:20 IST(18/6/2013)

Madhya Pradesh’s first laser show, musical fountain and auditorium at Neelam Park, which had been developed on the lines of Hyderabad’s Lumbini Park, is incurring Bhopal Municipal Corporation a loss of around Rs. 6 lakh annually.

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Mayor Krishna Gaur admitted this fact while replying to a written question by Congress corporator Rafiq Qureshi during the question hour in the BMC’s general council meeting here on Monday.

The mayor said they had not built the laser show musical fountain and auditorium at Neelam Park with the motive of profit but at the same time it was incurring a loss to the tune of Rs. 6 lakh annually. “So we have now decided to run it in public-private partnership mode,” she said.

The laser show musical fountain and auditorium was inaugurated by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in June last year. According to BMC officials, Neelam Park is the confluence point of the walled city and New Bhopal.

 The objective was that the park with its musical fountain and laser show would attract tourists and add to the beauty of the city, they added. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 500 and a parking facility. Around Rs. 1.82 crore was spent on the project.


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