Boulevard to be thrown open this month-end or early May

When the much-missed M.G. Road Boulevard is thrown open to public by the end of this month or early May, it will have some special attractions: an eatery and a variety of cultural and recreational options.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), which had razed the boulevard to construct the Namma Metro viaduct, is in the process of rebuilding the boulevard with a host of new elements thrown in. A branded vegetarian restaurant with specialisation in Karnataka cuisine is one among the proposed novelties.

A senior BMRCL official told The Hindu that the refurbished boulevard is likely to be thrown open to the public by the end of this month or in the first week of May. Since the boulevard is likely to become an urban hotspot where people would go for recreational activities, they expect a restaurant offering beverages and quality foodstuff, he said. Besides offering distinct Karnataka cuisines, the restaurant would offer other Indian cuisines with contemporary interpretation.

The entire stretch of the boulevard, from Anil Kumble Circle to Cauvery Emporium Junction, would house a host of cultural and recreational centres.

They include an auditorium, three art galleries for exhibition and 14 urban markets to be allotted to people to sell curated artefact and craft, the official said.

There would be several outdoor spaces for art and craft demonstration and workshops. The area would have interactive children play areas and designated play equipment for children with special needs.

BMRCL has aptly named the art centre Rangoli Metro Art Centre to go with Namma Metro’s logo.

The official said that when the entire Phase 1 of Namma Metro becomes operational, the Rangoli Art Centre would be accessible to people across the city.

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