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Updated: March 13, 2013 00:07 IST

Visitors to regain a feel of Lumbini from today

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The main entrance of the Park will now function as the exit gate

Popular leisure and entertainment haunts of the city, Lumbini Park and Laserium, which were shut down in the aftermath of the Dilsukhnagar blasts, will be opened to visitors on Wednesday.

‘Basic security’ in place

After a complete safety and security audit of the facilities, which used to draw huge crowds, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has put in place what it describes as “basic minimum” security features before reopening the park.

Four door-frame metal detectors and six surveillance cameras have been installed, and apart from hand-held metal detectors, a team of 25 security guards has been deployed. Some changes in entry and exit as well as parking of vehicles have also been worked out, officials said.

Laserium entry

The main entrance of Lumbini Park will now be closed for entry and instead will function as the exit gate. A small entrance near it, meant for reaching the laser show venue, will now be the entrance, said P. Rajender Reddy, Director, Urban Forestry, HMDA.

Also, vehicles will not be allowed from the usual main entrance. They have to be driven down further towards the Tourism Department office to gain entry. “We have fortified the parking area and made this arrangement to ensure that they are scrutinised properly,” he added.

Cloak room

A cloak room has been set up where visitors to Lumbini Park and the laser show venue have to deposit their belongings.

Officials said eatables, tiffin boxes and water bottles would not be allowed inside.


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