A statue of dinosaur under construction at Shahid Nirmal Mahto Park in Hazaribagh on Tuesday. (Vishvendu Jaipuriar)
Pinch yourself to believe it. Hazaribagh will soon have a Jurassic Park.
With the picturesque Hazaribagh lake as the backdrop, Shahid Nirmal Mahto Park, sprawling on 33 acres near Circuit House on Ranchi-Patna Highway, will soon play host to dinosaurs towering over the greens.
The giant statues — 70ft to 80ft tall — will include the Brachiosaurus, a species whose model will be found for the first time in India. The 80-ft model of Brachiosaurus will find company in other dinosaurs from Triassic and Jurassic eras.
But dinosaurs won’t be the only crowd-pullers. The park will also boast a rose garden, a children’s corner, musical fountains, 25ft high artificial hills with caves, a maze and models of birds.
The eyecatcher of the place will be a rose garden. Nearly 3,000 varieties of roses from different corners of the globe have found home here.
Officials are also proud of an umbrella park, with the foliage of trees pruned to look like parasols.
The park will also have statues of prominent leaders, including Birsa Munda, Sido and Kanhu Murmu, Tilka Manjhi, Albert Ekka and Nirmal Mahto.
A theatre with the capacity to house 1,000 spectators and a cafeteria are also in the pipeline.
The boundary walls of the park will also transform as canvases for sohrai paintings.
Many ideas are inspired from famous parks, especially the one at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
“The construction of the park kicked off in 2007 with a sanction of Rs 4.46 crore. Fingers crossed, we hope the park will open this February,” said divisional forest officer Ravi Ranjan.
“More attractions like aquarium, a dragon ride and a toy train are on the cards,” added Ranjan.
Now, work is going on in full swing, including whitewash, pathway construction and installing of electricity connection.
According to sources, not a single tree was felled while constructing the park.
“The park will give a boost to tourism and provide jobs to as many as 150 persons. Eight ticket counters will be opened near the main entrance,” pointed out Ranjan.