Bengaluru: Smart City work in Cubbon Park begins, walkways to be built first | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Almost an year after it was supposed to start, Smart City work commenced in Cubbon Park on Sunday.
Currently, work has been taken up for building 4km walking paths traversing the park. Even jogging tracks and a revamped lotus pond have been planned under the first phase of the Rs 34.8crore project.
The first phase is estimated to cost Rs 17 crore, while the second entails an expenditure of Rs 17.8 crore. The work was slated to begin in February 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
“We are planning to bring more varieties of lotuses to the pond so that it adds value to the park,” said J Gunavantha, deputy director of horticulture (Cubbon Park). Gunavantha said development of the park was being planned since 2018 but could not be executed due to various reasons.
“It has been nearly 20 years since the paths were made and now most of the cement is wearing off. So we had to fix them. We have been reaching out to the government to improve the park but to no avail,” he added. A survey of the park was taken up in October 2020.
Empty sites will be decked up with ornamental plants. “Since there are many people who come here to walk and jog, our primary goal is to finish the walking paths,” said a senior Smart City officer.
“In the second phase, we will set up children’s playing equipment, benches, dustbins, an ayurveda garden and cycle stands among other things,” the officer added. The authorities hope to wrap up the scheduled work by mid-year.

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