A concrete snake bench is one of the unique attractions at Sri Krishna Singh Park in Ranchi on Thursday. (Hardeep Singh)
It is a capital of ironies. If Morabadi parks are getting reduced to junkyards, a Doranda green lung has got a new lease of life.
Sri Krishna Singh Park, Doranda, named after Bihar’s first chief minister, was a mess before the forest department decided to take over its makeover onus.
Right now, it is almost ready to be handed over to Ranchi Municipal Corporation — the owners of the park — who will throw it open to visitors about a month later.
The forest department, which spent Rs 1.75 crore and implemented the beautification, seems to have unleashed an imaginative riot where roses and giant snake replicas share a cosy space.
Attractions happen to be both conventional and quirky. So, if there are coconut trees, musical and ball fountains, a bright cafeteria, beautifully grown carpet grass, a roundabout with Krishna Singh’s statue, flowering plants and a rose garden, there are also animal models with hidden taps and iron-and-concrete models of snakes and dinosaurs that can double up as seats.
“Ranchi needs a beautiful park to show off before outstation visitors, if for nothing else. Beautiful and well-maintained parks are a part and parcel of urban culture and pride. When we go to other cities, don’t hosts take us out to parks? We wanted to transform this run-down Doranda green lung into a scenic park that Ranchi residents feel proud of,” said C.M.P. Sinha, assistant conservator of forests, who oversaw its beautification.
Those who had seen the park earlier would find it tough to recognise it. Sri Krishna Singh Park had been a shabby field for years with a broken boundary wall giving open entry to trouble-mongers.
As the RMC was cash-strapped, it handed the park to the forest department two years ago for beautification.
“The ornamental plants, carpet grass and flowerbeds have grown after a lot of care. This beautiful park is the result of collective labour of love for two years,” said a caretaker.
Right now, all that is left are the finishing touches — the repair of high-mast lights and a little nip here, a tuck here.
“We have virtually completed the park’s beautification. Within a month, we will hand over the park to the civic body,” said Sinha.
“We are really eager to gift the park to the residents of the city,” Ranchi mayor Rama Khalkho said.
But all this won’t come from free. The RMC will decide upon an entry fee for visitors that will cover maintenance costs and teach visitors to value the civic infrastructure. For now, the amount has not been decided but a ticket counter has already been set up at the gate.
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