The Telegraph
Saturday , February 1 , 2014
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Another green lung on the anvil

A hangout zone complete with a spruced-up pond, a decorative park and a huge parking space will beautify the state capital’s greenscape.

The Karamtoli Talab located near Karamtoli Chowk is set to undergo a massive makeover with its custodian Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) preparing an extensive plan to turn the place into a recreation zone. A park will be built towards the Booty Road side of the 2.25-acre water body and facilities like angling porch, joggers’ track and a parking lot introduced.

Ranchi-based architecture firm Chadda & Associates has already prepared the beautification plan that is going to cost the civic body Rs 2.5 crore.

If all goes well, earthmovers will move into the project site by the end of this financial year.

“A detailed project report for renovation of Karamtoli pond has already been prepared. If the state cabinet okays the plan in February, work may start in this financial year only. But if the model code of conduct for the general election comes into effect by March, the project can be taken up only in the next financial year,” said RMC chief executive officer Manoj Kumar.

He added that after renovation, they would propose to rename the area as Karamtoli Park although the pond would be there. There will be entry fee for the green lung. The ticket counter will be set up opposite to the IMA Building on Booty Road.

“In keeping with the DPR, the park will be beautified with Jharkhand’s indigenous paintings, sculptors and various art forms. We will use solar panels and lights, which will give a colourful look and feel to the water body at night. This apart, the pond will have fountains. The stretch along (old) Circuit House Road will be transformed into a joggers’ lane. Toilets will also be built inside the park,” Kumar said.

The existing puja sthal at the corner of Karamtoli Chowk, where tribals converge during Karma Puja, will be also renovated as part of the project.

“Once the Karamtoli pond renovation starts, we will turn our focus to Ranchi Lake for which a DPR is being made,” the civic body CEO added.