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Upvan to get a resort makeover

THE Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) plans to reinvent the 100-acre Smriti Upvan on Kanpur Road into a new avtaar.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 00:43 IST
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THE Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) plans to reinvent the 100-acre Smriti Upvan on Kanpur Road into a new avtaar.

In its first of a kind move, the development agency intends to exploit the rich natural flora and fauna of the Upvan to develop into an ideal resort for Lucknowites.

“Work on the project is underway and we are in the process of completing the work on an 8-acre lake that is being created inside the Upvan,” informs executive engineer SK Sinha. He said renowned architect Mohd Shaheer of the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, who had also designed the Lohia Park in Gomti Nagar, was already on the job of drafting the blueprint of the project, which would initially require an investment of Rs 10 crore.

While the resort would be developed over an area of 85 acres, the remaining 15 acres would be utilised to set up a Neem Upvan with the help of the Forest Department as announced by the State Government recently. Here it is pertinent to mention that Smriti Upvan first came into picture after the LDA established a memorial (Kargil Pushkarni) in the form of a pond inside it after Kargil martyrs. Though the garden area was once fully covered by a boundary wall, in the absence of proper maintenance, the dairy owners had of late started using the premises as a grazing ground.

So what does the project envisage? “We would create an artificial island in the middle of the lake and build one-room cottages on it,” said Sinha adding that 20 such cottages would be built in the first phase.

Besides, he said, the resort would be equipped with all other usual fun and entertainment activities like a food court, joy rides on elephants, camel and boating facility. He said the emphasis was more on exploiting the region’s natural beauty and resources by laying out well-designed pathways and undertaking proper landscaping of the area.

The idea is to make Kanpur Road housing scheme self-sufficient in all aspects, be it proper medical care, sports, shopping plazas, multi-plexes or any other entertainment or cultural activity.

Sure enough, while Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has only recently sanctioned funds for the construction of a 100-bed hospital in the region, a swimming pool and a tennis court are under construction in Sector–D of the housing scheme. But then who is going to provide the funds required for executing these projects? “Money won’t be a problem. We have still got enough land and property left in the scheme to raise the desired funds,” said Sinha.