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Delhi to get Disneyland-type amusement parks

Turner International is setting up 2 theme parks that will bring alive characters from 'Cartoon Network' and 'Pogo'.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 19:43 IST

Children in the national capital will soon have their own equivalents of Hong Kong's Disneyland, as Turner International is setting up two theme parks that will bring alive characters from their two popular TV channels - Cartoon Network and Pogo.

The Planet Pogo will be set up in the Rohini neighbourhood, while the Cartoon Network Townsville will come up at Noida.

Turner International, in collaboration with International Recreation Parks Private Ltd (IRPPL) and Unitech Amusement Parks Ltd (UAPL), will invest Rs.5.5 billion ($124 million) in the project.

The Planet Pogo will open for the public by the last quarter of 2006 and the Cartoon Network Townsville will open in mid-2007.

"We are setting up two world class next generation theme parks in Delhi. It is our endeavour to move beyond the television screen and provide a gift to the Indian children for their constant support," said Ian Diamond, senior vice president and general manager, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia.

"While children see and enjoy their favourite characters on our channels, they will be able to actually see, touch and feel them in the parks," said Diamond.

Spread over 3.5 acres, the Planet Pogo will have eight different kinds of rides and seven other gaming facilities on themes like "bounce higher", "play smarter" and "think louder".

The Cartoon Network Townsville will be spread over 6.8 acres and it will offer 13 rides and nine gaming facilities involving its popular cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, Johny Bravo and Powerpuff Girls.

Moreover, it will have several other attractions, including birthday party areas, food courts, parades and shows.

Apart from catering to children, the two theme parks are also expected to become major tourist attractions.

"These two parks will be India's response to the Disneyland in Hong Kong. Besides children, they will also be a big attraction for foreign tourists," said Diamond.

The two parks will follow the European Safety Standards monitored by Germany's TUV, a global certification agency. A number of international organisations are being involved in the project to handle different areas such as design, traffic management, food and beverage, and water management

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 19:43 IST