As part of its beautification project, the municipal corporation (MC) has finally initiated the renovation work at Rakh Bagh.
Widening of walking track, separate cycle track, lights, toilets, iron fencing, planting flowers and grass among others is already in progress at the garden that has a historical significance. As part of the project, all the parks in city that are in a dilapidated condition will be renovated in the coming months.
MC additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “The project which is at its initial stage is likely to incur `6 crore in the first phase. We have already replaced the old and dysfunctional lights with Victorian style lighting in the park, while the digging and construction of cycling track and widening of the walking track is already on.”
Thori said, “Considering the time frame and volume of the project, we have roped in Hero Group to carry out the project. Planting flower plants and grass to give lush green look to the park is also in the pipeline. Besides, a new toilet complex and master control room will be established. Drinking water, water for the plants and sprinklers are also in talks.”
The paid toy train service will be resumed at Rakh Bagh area soon. Toy train project is likely to incur `86 lakh for renovation.
Swimming pool on the park premises, which is in a shambles, will be taken up in the next phase of the project as no party has shown interest in repairing it as of now. As many as 15 gardeners have also been inducted by the MC to look after the plating and flowering in the park which sprawls up to an area of 13 acres.
Major HS Bhinder of Hero Group Limited, who is administrator of the beautification project, said, “Renovation work at Rakh Bagh area might take another six months to complete. We have taken up every possible aspect to provide all basic amenities to the city residents who often prefer visiting the park. Residents often voiced their concern regarding the plight of the park in the past. Now, with the completion of this project, they will have state-of-the-art amenities on the park premises.”
Harman Khurana, one of the frequent visitors to the park, said, “It indeed is a laudable effort by the MC as the traditional Rakh Bagh garden had gradually lost its shape over the years and was in dire need of revamping. Iron fencing will help keeping stray dogs away from entering the park premises, besides the widening of walking track was much needed as older design was not sufficient for the heavy footfall that Rakh Bagh witnesses now.”