The state government has decided to hire the services of the prestigious New Delhi-based School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) to design the layout of the Janeshwar Misra Park in Gomti Nagar phase II.
While senior government officials were still tight-lipped over the matter, sources confirmed that a decision in principle had been taken to hand over the project to the SPA which enjoys the status of deemed university.
"We are still working out the modalities of the agreement to appoint them as the consultants for the project. Landscape experts from the SPA have visited the site and we have asked them to submit an offer and the estimated time required for drafting a detailed project report," said a senior official requesting anonymity.
The consultant, he said, would take about a couple of months to submit preliminary drawings after which work would commence on the park that would be spread over 360 acres and is expected to cost as much in crores to develop.
Incidentally, the Ram Manohar Lohia Park in Gomti Nagar too was developed by an SPA expert, Mohammed Shaheer, who was then the head of its landscaping wing.
Apart from water bodies and fountains, the park would also have recreational facilities and public amenities, he said, adding that the concept plan would soon be given a final shape by the consultant. "The entire project is expected to take about a one and a half years before it can be formally thrown open to the public," said the source.