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Film & fun at open theatre

Ice Age would dawn upon revellers planning a trip to Rajdhani Vatika this New Year.

Preparations are afoot at the Vatika, popularly known as Eco Park, to enthral visitors with wildlife-based animated movies, including those from the Ice Age and Madagascar series, at the park’s open theatre. Balloons and chocolates would be distributed among children as part of the New Year celebrations.

“The advance bookings of entry tickets for January 1 started from today (Wednesday). On the New Year, six ticket counters would be opened. Considering the heavy footfall and the extra arrangements to be made on January 1, the ticket rates have been hiked from Rs 5 to Rs 10 per person,” said Gopal Singh, divisional forest officer, Patna.

There would be ambulances and security personnel in large numbers at the park to tackle any untoward incident considering the predicted footfall. Around 9,500 people had visited the park on Christmas this year.

“Based on this, we are expecting over 10,000 visitors on January 1. Accordingly, extra police personnel, including women constables, would be deployed around the park and 20 forest guards would be present on the premises. Doctors and ambulances would be present too. Films from the Ice Age and Madagascar series would be screened at the open theatre,” said Singh.

Ten speakers have been installed, on which light music would be played.

“Four solar panels have been installed inside the park to supply power to the lamps. Work on installation of eight more panels is going on. We are also installing lights below the artworks kept inside the park so that these are illuminated at night,” added Singh.

The maintenance of the park, which is spread over 21 acres, falls under the ambit of the environment and forests department.