The Telegraph
Saturday , July 12 , 2014
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Park fun thrice as much

Entertainment-starved coal town will soon get three reasons to have fun.

Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) has decided to build a new park and revamp two existing ones in a bid to give more amusement options to over 25 lakh residents, particularly children.

While the new park will come up on around five acres of land provided by the district administration at Damodarpur, Rajendra Park near Housing Colony and Children’s Park in Hirapur will be remodelled with all kinds of friendly facilities.

The corporation will be spending from the fund of Rs 73 lakh it has at its disposal.

Executive engineer of DMC Indresh Shukla said that the detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Damodarpur green lung would be prepared through a consultant.

“With the available money, we will construct the boundary wall at the earmarked site during the first phase. For other facilities, additional money will be sought from the state urban development department. But the exact amount can be fixed only after the DPR is ready,” said an insider in the corporation.

Shukla added that an estimate to build the boundary wall would be presented during the corporation’s next board meeting on Monday.

Regarding upgrading the two existing parks, sources in DMC said that tenders had already been issued.

“While for Rajendra Park we have allotted Rs 30 lakh, the Hirapur-based Children’s Park will need Rs 25 lakh. We awarded the tenders last month,” said a source.

At present, Dhanbad district has a lone amusement square at Baramuri.

Spread over 24 acres, Birsa Munda Park offers see-saw, tree swing and triple slide.

“The new facilities will not be as large as Birsa Munda Park, but these will certainly give more entertainment options to the residents,” Shukla added.