Delayed Rs110-crore city park project in Kalyan gets a fillip

Park will have light and sound show, drive-in cinema, cafe

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2018 01:00 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
The plot at Gauripada in Kalyan (West) where KDMC will build the park. (RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY/HT)

The long-awaited city park in Kalyan will soon become a reality. The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has pushed the project one step ahead by floating the tender for the project.

“Once the tender process is over, the work order will be given and the project will be implemented, “said mayor Rajendra Devlekar.

The idea was mooted in 2010 when Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced the development of a city park while campaigning for the civic elections. In 2012, the project got a push when former mayor Vaijanti Gholap approved the proposal. However, the project did not move forward owing to lack of funds.

The civic body has now decided to take up the project under the central government’s smart city scheme. A total of Rs110 crore is expected to be spent and the park will be developed at reservation no 174, Gauripada, Kalyan (West) in a 23-acre plot located along the Waldhuni river.

The park will have landscapes, gardens, water plants, botanical gardens, drive-in cinema, light and sound show, wind and water café, a jogging track, among other facilities.

The civic body has proposed a plan worth Rs2,300 crore under the smart city scheme. It includes various developmental projects in Kalyan-Dombivli.

Once the work on the park begins, the KDMC plans to complete it in 24 months. Presently, the area along the Waldhuni river in Gauripada is vacant and covered with tall grass.

As per the proposed project, the work will be conducted in two phases. “The project will be taken as priority under the smart city scheme. It will provide facilities related to health and entertainment,”added Devlekar.

Kalyan’s RTI activist, Sreeniwas Ghanekar, has written to the state’s urban development department and to the KDMC commissioner, P Velarasu, objecting on the development of the proposed park.

“There is an ongoing dispute on the 30,000-metre plot of the proposed 23 acres. The civic body has failed to address the dispute before initiating the tendering process. The land owner will raise objection, and this will lead to further hurdles,” said Ghanekar.

Velarasu claimed that the project would be undertaken only on legally acquired land. “The project will happen on legally acquired land and by following all norms”.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 01:00 IST